Feminist Fuck Yeah: In response to 8th grader’s petition, Seventeen magazine agrees not to digitally alter images

little girl measuring stomachA serious Tuesday Feminist Fuck Yeah for Julia Bluhm and activists at SPARK. A couple months ago, the 8th grader launched a campaign calling on Seventeen magazine to feature one photoshop-free image per issue. Now 84,000 signatures later, the magazine seems to be hearing the message. Via Change:

After over 84,000 people signed Julia’s petition and she and her fellow SPARK Summit activists hand-delivered the petitions to the executive editor of Seventeen, the magazine has made a commitment to not alter the body size or face shape of the girls and models in the magazine and to feature a diverse range of beauty in its pages.

Teenage SPARK activists are now turning their sights on Teen Vogue–so you should probably sign that petition and keep the momentum going. As Julia writes, “If we can be heard by one magazine, we can do it with another. We are sparking a change!”

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/chenoameg/ Megan Ringrose

    “agrees not to digitally alter images”

    I see agrees to “to not alter the body size or face shape”

    So cleaning up skin, changing shape of nose, eyes, mouth, breasts, all of those things are still possible.

    This is not the same as a photoshop free image.

  • http://feministing.com/members/april/ April Lukes-Streich

    Yeah. And just one image per issue? Dear god, is it really that hard to not be awful?

  • http://feministing.com/members/robbieloveslife/ Robert

    I never understood why women make the biggest deal of modified images. If some guy is made to look better by photoshop it doesn’t bother me. Can’t this backfire by the way? If a magazine plans on not altering images that means they will have even higher standards for who they show. Instead of possibly disregarding say really smooth skin as photoshopped, girls will know it’s real and might feel worse if they don’t look like that.

    • http://feministing.com/members/cupkate/ Kate

      You’re so right. Women have never had any additional pressures pushed on them by society to look a certain way, so they should be as blase as you are about photoshopped dudes. I wish women would just stop complaining and calm down, am I right, buddy?

      • http://feministing.com/members/newfiejacq/ Jacqueline Carey

        Thank you for posting this!

    • http://feministing.com/members/tashabunny/ natasha

      It’s a bigger deal because the amount of media pressure on women, particularly young women and teenage girls who read magazines like this, is having disastrous effects. There are far more teenage girls with eating disorders or disordered eating than teenage boys. It’s so common for young women that’s it’s frightening, and possibly at epidemic levels. I’m not saying men aren’t targeted by media pressure to look a certain way or trying to minimize all the men and boys with eating disorders, but the media pressure doesn’t seem to happen at the same frequency and severity as it does to women, and all signs show it’s harming women and girls at a far greater rate.