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Teen Activist Asks Hasbro To Market Easy-Bake Oven To Both Genders

Mommie Dearest
Why toy catalogs make me roll my eyes. Read More »
Pink Stinks For Girls' Toys
princess dress girl photo
Some parents are upset their little girls are given pink toys. Read More »
Teen Activist Against Photshop
Julia Bluhm wants to see real photos in teen mags. Read More »

When 13-year-old Mckenna Pope asked her 4-year-old brother Gavin what he wanted for Christmas, he answered “a dinosaur and an Easy-Bake Oven.” Best Christmas list ever, right? But Mckenna soon found out that getting him a living, breathing dinosaur would be much less complicated than getting him an Easy-Bake Oven, thanks to the gender-specific way Hasbro markets the popular cooking toy. Boys, it seems, aren’t supposed to want Easy-Bake Ovens.

As Mckenna did more research, she “found it quite appalling that boys are not featured in packaging or promotional materials for Easy Bake Ovens,” and she found the implications even more disturbing: “I feel that this sends a clear message: women cook, men work.” So she decided to do something about it… Keep reading »

Teen Activist Julia Bluhm Is Still Fighting Against Photoshop

Julia's Seventeen Petition
Teen activist asks Seventeen to print unaltered photos. Read More »
Open Letter To Seventeen
Blogger Tavi takes the mag to task over an ugly cover line. Read More »

A couple weeks ago we told you about an amazing 14-year-old activist named Julia Bluhm who wrote a petition to Seventeen magazine asking them to publish one unaltered photo spread every month. Well, since then Julia’s been busy. Her petition has garnered over 74,000 signatures (yep, you read that right: 74,000), she scored a profile in The New York Times, and she recently held a mock photo shoot outside the Seventeen offices (that’s her in the middle)… Keep reading »

Teen Activist Asks Seventeen Magazine To Skip The Photoshop

Models Sans Airbrushing
See what these beautiful girls really look like! Read More »
"No Airbrushing" Policy
Faith Hill Redbook Photoshop photo
Why a "no airbrushing" policy is good, but not good enough. Read More »
Open Letter To Seventeen
Blogger Tavi takes the mag to task over an ugly cover line. Read More »

Julia Bluhm, a 14-year-old from Waterville, Maine, was hearing a lot of negative self-talk in her ballet class. Her peers often complained about feeling fat and exhibited signs of warped body image. “To girls today, the word ‘pretty’ means skinny and blemish-free,” says Julia. “Why is that, when so few girls actually fit into such a narrow category? It’s because the media tells us that ‘pretty’ girls are impossibly thin with perfect skin.” Fed up with such unattainable standards, Julia decided it was time to act. So she wrote a petition to the editorial board of Seventeen magazine, with one simple request… Keep reading »

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