This Problematic Girls' Mag Cover Got The Feminist Photoshopping It Needed

"We treat boys and girls exactly the same"... yeah, no.

By and large, women today believe that they have the same rights as their male counterparts, and are as capable as them at achieving their goals. But if the idea of feminism has gone mainstream, the efforts at attaining equality have not yet caught up. 

A recent image comparing girls' and boys' magazines showed the disparity in how the media caters to different genders. The cover of Boys' Life boasted career advice and encouraged them to "explore your future." On the cover of Girls' Life were beauty tips on how to get "your dream hair" and how to "wake up pretty!"

Author Jennifer Wright shared the photo on Twitter, including the caption, "'Why are you feminists always complaining? We treat boys and girls exactly the same.'"


The tweet sparked a debate on social media about gender roles and the media's role in shaping them. One designer, Katherine Young, decided to take matters into her own hands and alter the cover of Girls' Life to better reflect what girls' magazines should talk about. 

Young switched out the beauty tips for advice on working hard, giving back, sports and doing well in school. Instead of a cover model, Young used a photo of 17-year-old Olivia Hallisey, who won the 2015 Google Science Fair.

Young told Mic that she changed the cover in under 10 minutes. "I thought about all the things in a girl's life that could make her well-rounded and that is where the titles came from," she added. 

"I always felt like I wasn't good enough in my teens and early twenties because my jean size was too big and boys I liked never liked me.. .The popular clothes stores wouldn't even carry my size. It didn't matter that I was accomplished, had integrity, and achieved my goals one after another. I thought something was wrong with me because I didn't 'wake up pretty.'"

A Plus has reached out to Young for comment. 


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