Writer Jennifer Wright only had to walk through a magazine aisle to find this perfect example of how we treat boys and girls differently. She tweeted a side-by-side comparison of a magazine meant for girls and one for boys on Thursday:
"Why are you feminists always complaining? We treat boys and girls exactly the same." pic.twitter.com/F4EFTzSJGI— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) September 1, 2016
The girls' magazine's headlines like "Wake Up Pretty" and "Your Dream Hair" seem much more ridiculous when paired against Boys' Life's "Explore Your Future." Yes, Boys' Life was created for Boy Scouts, while Girls' Life is just a lifestyle magazine (there is no magazine for Girl Scouts), but the messages are still clear: girls should learn how to be pretty, boys should learn how to be successful. In the day that Wright's tweet has been up, it has been shared over 5k times, but not all of the response has been positive.
"Look at the men running this magazine forcing all these girls to read about fashion. Typical male-domi ... oh" pic.twitter.com/eCtWFIGzzp— ♂=♀ (@manumiss1on) September 2, 2016
@JenAshleyWright You do realize that the topics of these magazines are based on consumer demand right? So blame women for liking these.— Michelle Catlin (@CatlinNya) September 1, 2016