Mass Market Mortification: The Developmental Appropriateness of Teen Magazines and the Embarrassing Story Standard

  title={Mass Market Mortification: The Developmental Appropriateness of Teen Magazines and the Embarrassing Story Standard},
  author={Amy Pattee},
  journal={The Library Quarterly},
  pages={1 - 20}
  • Amy Pattee
  • Published 1 January 2004
  • Education
  • The Library Quarterly
Magazines created for teenage girls are effective because of their developmental appropriateness; the relationship developed between magazine and reader represents a distinct feminine space, while the demands of the text itself are appropriate to the analytic ability of the adolescent. The inclusion of the confessional “embarrassing story” column that has become the mainstay of the teen magazine is a unique example of the sympathetic space created between reader and text by the magazines. By… 
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