Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: Julia Bluhm

Julia Bluhm is one bad-ass 8th grader. You may have heard about the petition the SPARKteam activist recently started, calling on Seventeen magazine — in the effort to include real girls in its pages — to feature just one photo-shopped spread per issue. After 30,000 signatures, Seventeen editor Ann Shoket invited Julia to meet on Wednesday — though not actually agreeing to address Julia’s request  at all. (Not to mention including a kinda condescending statement about the meeting, methinks.)

Nonetheless, Julia handled the outcome of the meeting with grace, saying:

“The fact that Seventeen‘s editor-in-chief met with me in person proves that the voices of teen girls everywhere are getting through … While I would still change some of the ways Seventeen portrays girls, I’m encouraged that they’re willing to listen to me and the 30,000 people who’ve signed my petition. Seventeen‘s invited me to work with them on this issue, which means we girls — Seventeen’s readers — are finally being heard loud and clear. It’s really exciting.”

In the meantime, her petition continues to grow, nearly at its goal of 50,000 signatures. Let’s break it. 

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  • toongrrl

    Julia Bluhm, if you’re reading this post. You give me hope and strength to keep up the good fight. Keep on doing this Julia, you make us all proud and we admire your courage.

  • Brüno

    A buisness does not react to letters, only to the bottom line. If real girls will sell better than photoshopped ones, then we will see them.

  • Erin Sullivan

    I couldn’t open the page on Shoket’s comment for some reason, but I googled it and found myself on her twitter page. I noticed Sean J Connolly’s tweet: “@AnnShoket Well done on meeting with Julia Bluhm, so glad that she now understands that using photoshop is not always a bad thing.” This sounds rather condescending to me…

  • jerin

    Dear Julia,

    If you are reading this, first of all – THANK YOU! I hope you know how grateful we are with your courage, dedication and initiative. I am the chair of the National Young Feminist Task Force of The National Organization for Women (NOW), and would love to work with you on feminist matters in Maine and beyond. Please contact me via Feministing or email us at youngfeminists at gmail dot com

    I also chair the Young Feminist Task Force for NOW NY State. You can learn more about us here:

    Twitter: @nowYoungFems!/NOWYoungFems

    Thank you again.