Teen Vogue magazine encouraged its readers to include vibrators, lubricants, condoms and sex education guides in their back-to-school purchases.
Teen Vogue recently published an article titled “Back to School Awards 2017: The best health and wellness productsin which they listed the ‘best splurge’ or ‘best value’ products for several items, including harmless items such as training equipment, drinks and blankets.
However, the list also included items focused on sexual gratification and intercourse. The magazine suggested that “personal massagers” were the best way to avoid sexually transmitted infections and “let off steam,” and recommended two different products.
The magazine also suggested water-based and silicone-based lubricants and reminded readers of the proper use of certain lubricants with certain condoms, which they were also on the recommendation list with tips for top brands, to both latex and latex free. The magazine touted a brand of condoms because of their smell.
Teen Vogue is no stranger to promoting sex to young people
Teen Vogue got a lot of Americans in their mouths last month when they published a guide for teens on how to practice anal sex.
Parents and activists blasted both the article and the publication for trying to teach children and adolescents about sex acts.
Elizabeth Johnston, a parent activist, posted a video in which she burned the offending issue of Teen Vogue and urged viewers to visit their local stores and libraries and demand that the magazine be removed from its shelves.
Teen Vogue’s digital editorial director Phillip Picardi responded to the backlash by posting a photo of himself kissing another man, while giving the middle finger to the camera. Picardi blamed the fury over the article as being “rooted in homophobia” as well as a “dark delusion of what it means to be young today”.
Who is the audience?
The article promoting sex products would be aimed at students. Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth said The Guardian that the magazine’s “sweet spot” demographic is 18-25. However, the magazine openly promoting anal sex to “teens” suggests to parents and activists that the actual demographics are much lower.
Additionally, a glance at the Teen Vogue homepage – at the time of writing – showed articles covering the Disney movies that would appear on Netflix next month and news about young celebrity couples. .
If Teen Vogue targets young adults – as its editors told The Guardian – but openly promotes anal sex to teens, it’s extremely difficult for the editors of Teen Vogue to hide behind the idea that they are trying to reach an older audience. It’s even harder to do when the word “teen” is in the title of their post.
Parents would likely find Teen Vogue a post to avoid for their children, despite the content aimed at a younger demographic.
(H / T: DailyWire)