Seventeen leaves no doubt about the values it’s trying to teach America’s children.
On Monday, the magazine aimed at teenage girls shared an article promoting a gel manicure shaped like a vagina, prompting an outcry from parents.
— Seventeen (@seventeen) January 30, 2018
The look, described as a “glittery purple gel manicure with one accent nail on each hand,” was designed by Portland-based self-avowed “nail connoisseur” Asa Bree.
The “vagina manicure” was made by request for local designer T Ngu, and took Bree two hours and a careful review of vulva pictures online.
The caption to the photo on Instagram included the phrase “Pussy Power.”
The Seventeen article then showcased several other examples of Bree’s work, including an anti-Trump set of nails that featured the inscriptions “Fake News,” along with “R.I.P. Trump” and “R.I.P. Alex Jones.”
The caption for the photo read “#NOTSORRY and #F**KDONALDTRUMP.”
Last year, another teen magazine, Teen Vogue, stirred controversy with an article teaching children how to have anal sex and another advising young girls what gifts to buy their friends after an abortion.
Parents on Twitter blasted Seventeen for its “vagina manicure” post.
If that’s exactly what you needed, you have some seriously deep issues…
— Irish American (@Godsdesertrose) February 1, 2018
I used to love this mag & my mom always trusted it & ordered it. Key word being mom. It was a fun & cool mag in the 80s. This is garbage. This is not ok for teens under 18. Just no. Not for mine.
— Sangria in #33 (@Sangria1992) February 1, 2018
My daughter is in college and I wouldn’t let her read this garbage.
— Lisa Tonello (@lisatonello) February 1, 2018
That is so goddam disgusting.
— Immaterial Mike (@michaelbayer1) February 1, 2018
Grateful my 11 year old told me seventeen magazine was pure trash. I raised her right.
— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) February 1, 2018
I’m embarrassed at your lack of judgment and propriety
— Laura Terhune, IOM (@lauraterhune) February 1, 2018
Soooo we teach girls that they are the sum of their parts via garbage like this and the ubiquitous p***y hats, then expect them to modestly clutch their pearls in mock horror if a man dares to compliment their smile. Yeah that’s some consistent massaging…..
— CarolinaConservative (@ShaunaJ1776) February 1, 2018
As a licensed nail tech I would never put that on my nails or anyone else Very disturbing
— Tracy Stroh (@TracyStroh) February 1, 2018