So, my mom just sent me this link. It’s from a woman who plans to start a magazine for girls. Here is how she describes it.
“I’m starting a magazine for teenage girls based on standards and values. It will be less air-brushed, less fake, less celebrity drama and more real, more inclusive, more empowering. Oh, believe me–there will still be articles about what your lip-gloss color says about your personality, but there will also be articles about being (and becoming) the amazing women they are and were always meant to be.
“There will be no mixed messages about modesty and sexuality and how those ideas play into self-worth and personal esteem. We will talk about education and dating and family life and health and beauty and fashion. But we’ll talk about the hard things too–drugs and sex and suicide–as these are things today’s teens are dealing with (whether you want to admit it or not). But we’ll talk about them within the context of moral truth.”
Good on you, Krista Maurer, for trying to offer something uplifting to young women, something that teaches them to honor themselves and their bodies and helps them appreciate who they are and who they can become. Looking at the beginnings of a project like this make me realize what a challenging job LDS Young Women’s leaders have and how difficult it is to be both frank–treating the issues that you know young women will encounter–and spiritually uplifting–teaching them to try to rise above the fog of their youth and popular culture and strive for something more. Any move in that direction is good. This sort of counterculture is good. Way to enter the fray.