How Teen Vogue Is Paving The Way For The Future Of Feminism


By Jillian Stacia

Journalism is changing in the post President-Elect Trump world. Publications are testing their limits and redefining their values. They’re fine tuning their voice and reexamining their commitments and ethics. It’s been an interesting transition to watch, but nothing has been more fulfilling than witnessing Teen Vogue pave the way for young feminists across the country.

In case you missed it, this article by Lauren Duca went viral a few weeks ago for its bold analysis of Trump’s psychological manipulation of the American people. She received even more recognition when she appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight and fought back against Tucker’s sexism and demeaning comments. Her quick wit, class, and unwavering passion made her an instant icon for young feminists across the world.

Teen Vogue is producing some excellent journalism, but it’s also leading the charge in redefining what feminism looks like in modern society. Unlike The New York Times and The Washington Post, Teen Vogue is aimed predominately at young women. It’s targeting teenagers, girls in particular. In an era where our President-Elect has openly boasted about sexual assault, this couldn’t be more important. Teen Vogue is actively using its platform to educate and empower young women, and it’s succeeding in a way that’s unsettling to its opposition.

As Tucker so eloquently pointed out in his interview with Duca, Teen Vogue covers a variety of topics, including fashion and entertainment. It also happens to produce some fierce and intelligent pieces on Donald Trump and politics in general. The fact that one publication can produce such a wide variety of stories is shaking up the status quo.

Teen Vogue is representative of the modern woman: an intelligent individual with a wide range of talents and interests. It’s demonstrating that women can care about celebrities and also care about politics – that you don’t need to give up your hobbies and interests if you want to be taken seriously in government.

Our culture still struggle with this topic. We’ve written about it before. There’s a cultural assumption that one cannot possibly be interested in Justin Bieber while also having a credible opinion on Paul Ryan’s leadership tactics.

This is, obviously, not the way the world works. And more importantly, this is not the way feminism works. It’s possible to care about a multitude of things at the same time. It’s possible to be a politically active feminist and watch Pretty Little Liars. It’s possible to care about fashion and still have strong opinions about the environment. The modern woman can think about multiple topics at once! She can care about a plethora of topics! She can crush the patriarchy in designer shoes!

This is important. It’s important for the world to understand, and it’s important for young women to understand. We need our girls to become interested in politics. We need them to care, to form strong opinions, to advocate, to be voices of change. And to do that, we need them to believe in the validity of their own opinion. We need them to think they are intelligent enough and capable enough to know and understand politics. We need them to believe they can make a difference. That just because they care about celebrities doesn’t mean they can’t care about other things.

This idea of political efficacy is difficult in the current day and age. So many people are disgusted with politics. So many people think that it’s just a game played by Washington elite. So many people are opting out.

We cannot opt out. Not now. Not with so much on the line. Now, more than ever, we need to get involved. Teen Vogue is leading the way and it’s rallying the troops. It’s connecting with women where they are. It’s using a relatable platform to advocate for social and political justice. It’s telling young women that yes, you are smart enough to understand politics. Yes, you are capable. And no, you don’t have to feel bad just because you also care about the future of One Direction. You are multi-faceted. You are talented. You are smart and strong and ready. We need you.

This is the future of feminism and maybe even the future of journalism. We’re not putting things into separate boxes anymore. We’re breaking down barriers. We’re a force, and we can care about multiple things at once, including the future of this country. This is what strong women look like. This is how we sound. These are the things we care about. This is the future.

Teen Vogue is paving the way for the next generation of women. It is teaching us how to become the women we’ve wanted to be – the women we’ve always been. The women who care and speak up and give a shit. The women who fight back.

And I, for one, couldn’t be more excited.

Jillian is part of the Contributing Writer Network at Thirty on Tap. To apply to become a Contributing Writer, please click HERE.

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One thought on “How Teen Vogue Is Paving The Way For The Future Of Feminism

  1. thewhiteveileddaughter says:

    This also opens the discussion of politics to teenage girls. Most of the time, and most of the media, girls and women are not taken seriously. Just having these articles in the magazine is a way to take many of these girls seriously, perhaps for the first time.


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