Remember how you spoke for yourself to Teen Vogue? After the magazine published their July guide to underage anal sex, WSFT sent an email “action alert” and hundreds if not thousands of you flooded Teen Vogue’s inbox.
Seemingly “small” actions have a bigger impact than you think. While your emails, letters, social media posts and un-subscriptions are likely not the only aggravating factor in the demise of Teen Vogue’s print edition—digital media is overtaking print media everywhere—it’s not too hard to believe that your voices may have played a role in making more parents unsubscribe from the magazine.
I want to make it clear that making friends with the media, and using the media as a professional tool to get your perspective out there, is VERY important. We should seek where possible to meet media outlets where they are and get our perspective published side-by-side with those who disagree with us. But there are many appropriate ways to speak for yourself depending on the situation— including cancelling your daughters’ subscription when a magazine is publishing articles that will harm her.
Congratulations to you for being brave. Congratulations to you for your dedication, and taking the time to speak for yourself to editors; to spread the word on social media and among your friends; and in many cases, to encourage people you know to protect young men and women everywhere from harm.
Keep speaking for yourself!