Thirteen-year-old Olive Bowers loves everything about surfing—except the totally crappy way women are portrayed in the pages of a popular magazine.
While flipping through the pages of Tracks magazine, a self-described "bible" of surfing, the teenager had a realization, according to News.com.au. She was shocked to see that there were barely any women in the magazine and the ones who were included weren't doing anything like surfing.
So, Bowers took pen to paper and fired off an ass-kicking letter to the magazine's editor, Luke Kennedy, taking him to task for images that "create a culture in which boys, men and even girls reading your magazine will think that all girls are valued for is their appearance." Check out the whole letter below:
Dear Tracks Surf Magazine,
I want to bluntly address the way you represent women in your magazine. I am a surfer, my dad surfs and my brother has just started surfing.
Reading a Tracks magazine I found at my friend's holiday house, the only photo of a woman I could find was ''Girl of the month''. She wasn't surfing or even remotely near a beach. Since then I have seen some footage of Stephanie Gilmore surfing on your website, but that's barely a start.
I clicked on your web page titled ''Girls'' hoping I might find some women surfers and what they were up to, but it entered into pages and pages of semi-naked, non-surfing girls.
These images create a culture in which boys, men and even girls reading your magazine will think that all girls are valued for is their appearance.
My posse of female surfers and I are going to spread the word and refuse to purchase or promote Tracks magazine. It's a shame that you can't see the benefits of an inclusive surf culture that in fact, would add a whole lot of numbers to your subscription list.
I urge you to give much more coverage to the exciting women surfers out there, not just scantily clad women (who may be great on the waves, but we'll never know).
I would subscribe to your magazine if only I felt that women were valued as athletes instead of dolls. This change would only bring good.
And now I'm standing and cheering "YOU GO, GIRL" in my house like a crazy person.
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