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July 31, 2012

A Small but Important Victory

This girl broke the spiral of silence, and it worked. From the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.


In June I told you about 14-yeard-old Julie Blum, an eight-grader who was standing up to Seventeen, one of the biggest teen magazines in the U.S. Julie organized a petition to get Seventeen to stop airbrushing photos of their models, which as I argued on BreakPoint recently, sets up a destructive and nonexistent standard of beauty. The petition got 84,000 signatures.

Well, I’m thrilled to say that Seventeen listened...sort of. The magazine has decided to limit the use of digital editing on photos and will disclose when it does so on its social media sites.

As a dad of three girls, this thrills me. This is a small but positive step toward restoring the right view of beauty.

And Julie is also an example of what it looks like to identify a wayward cultural practice and call it out  — and do it well.

Julie Blum just broke the spiral of silence. Let’s celebrate that and find more ways to do the same. For, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Seventeen agrees to promote realistic beauty
Laura Murphy | World | July 10, 2012

A 14-Year-Old Breaks the Spiral of Silence
John Stonestreet | The Point | June 04, 2012

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