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How Artist Erica Magrey Turned '90s YM and Seventeen into Living Art

For Erica Magrey, a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist, teen-girl magazines from the '80s and '90s were bibles, as they were for so many of us. So in her latest online art project, Vistas, Magrey explores "various gestures associated with femininity, sexuality, and positions of power" she learned from back issues of YM

Why Does Seventeen Magazine Have a BMI Calculator? And Why Does It Say that Being Underweight Is Healthy?

It's pretty obvious that magazines for teenage girls are just grooming schools adult lady-mags—funneling impressionable teens neatly into the image-obsessed arms of Elle and Cosmo. I mean, okay, whatever. As much as it bugs me that women's "entertainment," from childhood, is institutionally wedded to this weird…

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