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Nicky NK
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i was reading a magazine the other day, "17" or something like that, and noticed that all the girls in it were fit and had large breasts and shapely bodies, and i got to thinking. the media gives waaay too much attention to how girls look. one magazine's message may say, "stay fit, eat right, don't have sex till after marriage," while another may say "parents stink, do what ya wanna do, make love, blah, blah, blah!" but i've noticed one consistency with all this, and that is that girls should all look like mag models. which is not going to happen any time soon.

another myth is that girls are all slutty and ready to throw down any time a guy wants to. this is media pressed by movies like "American Pie" or any other movie, tho mostly comedies, that involve teen girls or women. this is sick. i know, when my boyfriend and i have sex, we talk about it, and then use all the neccessary precautions (condoms, emergency contreception, etc.) and *don't* just honk each other any time we want to.

any comments, good or bad, would be welcome.

nicky


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Heather
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Well, what you're noticing isn't specific to teen women: it's how all women are generally presented by the mainstream media. And really, the mainstream media is a superficial place for everyone: while the approaches are different, in general, men and women alike as presented very two-dimensionally, especially when it comes to sex.

That perhaps sounds glib, but I don't intend it to be. Ultilmately, I simply don;t expect much from mainstream media at this point personally. Sure, I write articles and letters to offer counterpoint, but when it comes to my life, I choose to just opt out of the whole works, choosing instead to puruse and support independent media instead.

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