In a recent issue of Seventeen, an American magazine aimed at teenage girls which discusses fashion trends, celebrities and lifestyle choices, the writers encourage young girls to go behind their parents’ backs in order to procure birth control pills and to support the work of Planned Parenthood. Read here:
This magazine, which is highly impressionable on all young girls in their formative teens, has crossed the line. Even though the writers answer a question specifically asked by a 19 year old girl, there seems to be little regard for girls as young as 13 and 14 who also have subscriptions or their parents.
Girls already have enough pressures during their teens, especially in a society that values their bodies and not their mentality. In addition, teenagers are naturally insecure about discussing life issues with their parents. Rather than simply encouraging these young girls to discuss such issues with their parents, much less advocating chastity, the magazine opens the door for girls of all ages to discontinue their relationship with mom and dad for the sake of a tiny pill and the possibility to procure one of over 50 STDs.