Girls’ Life vs. Boys’ Life

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Pictured above, from left to right, are:

  • The August/September 2016 issue of Girls’ Life magazine, complete with headlines like “Fall Fashion You’ll Love”, “Your Dream Hair”, and “Best. Year. Ever.”, and
  • the September 2016 issue of Boys’ Life magazine, splashed with the headline “Explore Your Future”.

Matt Frye, who took the photo at his local library, said:

A sad microcosm of what our society says being a girl vs being a boy means. With three girls to raise, this breaks my heart. I’ll fight like hell for my girls to not exist in this reality.

The owner of the Princess Free Zone has this to say about the photo:

Why I do what I do. Because this shit is real. And kids believe it.

Remember, teenagers read this sort of stuff as part of their attempt to figure out the world. When we present the world to them like this, we limit girls’ horizons, and set up boys to be Gamergaters.


Michael Letterle makes this important observation:

One reply on “Girls’ Life vs. Boys’ Life”

Thanks for sharing this, my fellow accordionista. With a 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son, this is not what I want them to grow up thinking. Both girls and boys should have the opportunity to be whomever they want to be, and pursue whatever path they want, without media and these type of magazines presenting to them that this is the box they fit into.

In squeezbox solidarity,

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