Sweet 16 vs. Sexy 16

By Briana, age 17, New York

How many of you read Cosmopolitan? Walking down the hallways of your school has anyone ever yelled, "Hey Sexy!"? What about the prom dresses this year? I mean, have you seen half of them? One website I came across even had "The Top 27 Slutty Prom Dresses".

Now, on another point, how many of you celebrated a 'Sweet 16' or 'Quinceanera'? Do you have an 'innocent' Myspace page, or still love to watch movies with you little brother or sister?

The problem is, too many girls are getting the age "Sweet 16" mixed up with the age "Trashy 26". Many girls are confused with what they're reading in the Cosmopolitan magazines stolen from their mother's bookshelves. The movie 13 Going on 30 shows just what many teenage girls are going through. In the movie, even though they show the bad points of being older, they also show the glamorous parts too.

I was extremely disappointed to look at the new issue of Cosmo. and see that Ashley Tisdale was on the cover, with the subtitle 'Blows Off Her Good-Girl Image'. I understand that she is 20-something years old now, but she has to realize that most of the women who read Cosmo don't even know who she is. She needs to know that many of her fans are between the ages of 9 and 14.

When young girls see this kind of behavior from their idols, they wonder why can't they be sexy too? I walk through my high school and see boys who don't look to be much over 13 slapping girls on the butt ... seriously. Most of these girls don't even get mad, just laugh. They like the attention, but don't realize that it's going to cause many other people to talk about them in a negative way.

I was also upset to find that one of my little sister's friends became pregnant this past month. It happens - girls become pregnant at 17 or 18 all the time, right? My sister is in 7th grade, and the friend openly told everyone she "didn't really know it could happen from what she did."

There is so much pressure from girls to be skinny, pretty, and loved from all of the tabloids, why don't we add 'sexy' into the mix? Many young teen girls are going from movie and game nights with their parents on Thursdays to body glitter and house parties on Fridays. Even the magazines that feature articles for younger viewers show too much skin or have 'how to kiss' directions. One article I was reading several months ago had directions on how to put on a form of birth control! I'm sorry, but when I think Teen People, I think 13 and up as being a teen.

My advice: Focus on the fun parts of life; don't let the tabloids get to you. Stay true to your age, because by doing that, in the long run, you will stay true to yourself also.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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