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Girl’s Life Magazine

Girl's Life Magazine

Girl’s Life ISSN: 1078-3326, Published by Monarch Avalon Inc.

Summary: Girl’s Life is an American teen magazine focusing on information and advice on topics teenage girls face such as peer pressure, self-esteem issues and more.  The contents are considered safe for younger girls in the tween age group as well as the slightly older teens.

Critical Evaulation

For those tween age girls who are just beginning to get interested in the topics about boys, makeup, clothing and more this is the perfect magazine for them.  It covers a wide range of informational articles and spot lights on issues such as relationship advice, dealing with friends growing apart or disagreements, fashion and health issues.  It contains fun quizzes like Are You a Serial BFF? and What’s Your Flirt style that will engage the reader and make it a magazine they want to share and gossip about with friends.  It also contains a nice portion of content focusing on answering questions teens send in regarding insecurities or seeking information about topics they may be too embarrassed to ask their parents or other adult authorities in their life.

It’s refreshing to see many of the girls in the photos resemble your typical teenage girl rather than fashion models.

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Why did I include this magazine?

When I searched for the top teen magazines this one made most of the lists.  Upon further research I found that it also won several Parent’s Choice Gold Awards and is the official magazine of choice for the Girl Scouts of the USA.

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Teen Vogue Magazine

Teen Vogue

Teen Vogue ISSN: 1540-2215, Published by Gina Sanders

Summary: Teen Vogue is as the name suggests the version of Vogue targeting teenage girls.  Like its adult counterpart a large proportion of the magazine focuses on fashion, celebrities and other entertainment news.  In addition to this the magazine also contains articles about teen issues such as teenage pregnancy, social drinking, etc.

Critical Evaluation

Upon browsing through several issues I would say that 80-90% of the content within these magazines are either advertising, articles or other types of commentaries about fashion and make up the celebrities are wearing or about fashion and makeup in general.  The photos are much more high fashion in style compared to Seventeen magazine’s more down to earth and down to earth styles.  The feel of the magazine definitely falls in line with its adult counterpart, Vogue, and would be generally suggested for teenage girls looking to see the latest fashion trends.

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Why did I include this magazine?

I was searching for what the most popular teen magazines were and Teen Vogue made every list I found.

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Game Informer

Game Informer

Game Informer ISSN: 1067-6392, Published by GameStop Corporation

Summary: Game Informer is a video game magazine that features articles, reviews, game tips and news about video games, game consoles and more for the avid game player.  It was created in 1991 and at the end of 2011 it was listed as the number 4 most circulated magazine according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

Critical Evaluation

Initially I thought this magazine was going to be geared mainly towards providing gaming tips but it offers so much more and I can see why teenagers, particularly teenage boys, would flock to this magazine.  At times it almost seems written in its own language created for the gamer with articles about MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing game), MMOs (massively multi-player online games) and PvE games (player vs. environment games).  The issue I examined weighed in at a hefty 136 pages of interviews, information about upcoming technologies such as the PS4 and the next generation of XBOX, reviews of games and gift suggestions for the avid gamer that included book suggestions, movie suggestions and more.  The articles are well written and designed to appeal to the avid game player.

Challenge Issues

Some may argue about the violence of the games portrayed in the magazine but the magazine seems to be careful to avoid showing the more graphic images from the games.  The games themselves have ratings similar to movie ratings to guide customers on the appropriate age levels.

Why did I include this magazine?

Game playing is very popular among teens, especially males and this magazine was listed as one of the top gamer magazines.

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Seventeen Magazine August 2012 Issue

Seventeen August 2012

Seventeen August 2012 Issue ISSN: 0037-301X

Summary: Seventeen was the first magazine published in the United States targeting teenage girls from ages 12-19.  The first issue was published in 1944. Their aim was to promote self-confidence, provide positive role models as well as provide fashion and romance information.  They can also be found online at www.seventeen.com.

Critical Evaluation

It was interesting to see that this issue opened up with a note from the Editor in Chief, Ann Shoket, addressing an issue about showing “real girls” in Seventeen since the goal of Seventeen was to promote self-confidence and provide role models for teenage girls.  Ann mentions that there have been many tweets and Facebook comments regarding the Photoshopping or digitally enhancing photos of their models.  She re-states their stance on showing real girls and Seventeen magazine’s Body Peace Treaty was also posted on this opening page along with samples of what types of re-touches they DO make on photos.  There is a version of the Body Peace Treaty online that allows teens to “sign” it.  I think it is great that Seventeen is promoting this issue as body image and eating disorders are important issues that many teenagers face.  I did still find it disturbing that one feature talking about how to look hot in your jeans features a tiny model for the “Slim your thighs!” photo.  My first thought was if her thighs need thinning then there is no hope for the rest of us.

Despite some questionable photos that don’t scream “real girls” to me it’s obvious why this magazine appeals to teenage girls.  It is jam packed with fashion advice, news about Hollywood stars, make up tips, information about what to eat and it also tackles more serious issues like knowing when you are ready to have sex.  Fulfilling it’s goal of providing positive role models with the Olympics quickly approaching they also featured an article about Clarissa Shields, a 17 year old boxer who is on her way to the Olympics.  The main photo that went with this article features the quote “they said boxing was for boys” across it.  I appreciated the fact that Seventeen was promoting that girls shouldn’t let people tell them that females are not capable of doing the same things males are.

Why did I include this magazine?

It’s a classic magazine that has been appealing to teenage girls for decades.

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