How Teenage Magazines Express the Post-feminism Culture

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Magazines offer many opportunities for teenagers to consider and investigate their sexuality. In particular, sexuality advices and stories in magazines enables teenagers to understand personal sexual issues or problems that they might be having in a healthier light. Post-feminism attitudes have become very popular in teenage magazines for both male and female readers, this is partly because prior to the feminism movement women were never seen as having much sexual desire for men and women generally didn’t feel comfortable expressing their sexual attributes or sexuality. I will be examining three studies in this essay all by the same author ‘Sue Jackson’ involving textual analyses of problem pages, interviews with magazine staff and focus groups with readers of the magazine (“Dear Girlfriend” 286). Each article examines letters written to the advice pages of an Australasian teen magazine Girlfriend in relation to sexual desire and sexual health problems. This essay will argue how teenage magazines express the post-feminism culture and thus can contribute to safe sex messages in advice pages/letters Over the years sex has become more noticeable amongst teenagers as there is a vast majority of different media use that provides some understanding of sex to the younger generation. Currie found that young women were drawn to the magazines by the desire to ‘know about themselves as teenagers and to solve everyday problems’ (154). The sexual information in magazines has changed over the years but still displays post feminism attitudes throughout. Most young teen magazines present an advice page in each monthly issue answering letters that girls, in particular, have sent in regarding their personal issues, problems and concerns that tee... ... middle of paper ... ...s men in society. Works Cited: Crooks, Robert L. Our sexuality. Cengage Learning, 2005. (look at reference again) Currie, Dawn.Girl talk: Adolescent magazines and their readers. University of Toronto Press, 1999. Jackson, Sue. “I’m 15 and Desperate for sex’:’Doing’ and ‘Undoing’ Desire in Letters to a Teenage Magazine.” Feminism & Psychology 15.3 (2005): 295-313. Jackson, Sue. “Dear Girlfriend…’: Constructions of Sexual Health Problems and Sexual Identities in Letters to a Teenage Magazine. “Sexualities 8.3 (2005): 282-305. Preston, Marilyn. “”veryvery Risky”: Sexuality Education Teachers’ Definition of Sexuality and Teaching and Learning Responsibilities.” American Journal of Sexuality Education 8.1-2 (2013): 18. Westrupp, Elizabeth, and Sue Jackson. “Sex, Postfeminist Popular Culture and the Pre-Teen Girl.” Sexualities 13.3 (2010): 357-76.
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