In a week when others in the blogosphere are discussing TIME magazine’s coverage of a pregnancy boom in Gloucester, Massachusetts, there was something else that caught my eye (and my ire). I’ve sent the following letter to the editors at TIME:
I’m very disappointed in this week’s illustration for “5 things you should know about.”. It’s got three guys and some glammed up starlet posing to show off her cleavage and heavy makeup. In a week when the only woman in the accompanying text is Abigail Breslin in the American Girl movie, the illustration sends a strong message to girls that being sultry is far more important than any innocent adventure. This illustration makes me glad that I’ve just cancelled my subscription. TIME is no longer the sort of magazine I want in the house with my preschool daughter.
I doubt they’ll print it, but they should. In a world where even the news media touts sexy over brains, courage, and innocence, is there any wonder that some high school girls think that “No one’s offered them a better option” than getting pregnant at sixteen?