Blue Jean: What Young Women are Thinking, Saying, and Doing

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A movement is under way among young women, and it's not about hair, make-up, or staying thin. It is about girls and young women writing and producing their own media, in their own voices, on topics that are important to them. Sherry Handel launched Blue Jean magazine with little more than a vision - to provide teen girls with an alternative to the glamour and beauty magazines. Young women themselves - editors, writers, illustrators, photographers, and correspondents created it - making blue jean the only magazine written and produced by young women from around the world. USA Today dubbed Blue Jean; The Thinking Girl's Magazine. You will be captivated by this first collection of best of Blue Jean; stories and articles, enjoyed during the magazine's heroic two and a half year run by readers in 24 countries. Blue Jean: What Young Women are Thinking, Saying, and Doing holds fresh and uplifting insights on topics from body image and confidence, ethnicity and racism, to the pitfalls and triumphs of everyday living. Learn about the entrepreneurial vision of Blue Jean's founder, Sherry Handel and the courageous launch of her dream.

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Sherry Handel served as Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Blue Jean, enjoyed by readers in 24 countries, during the magazine's heroic two and a half year run. Blue Jean attracted the attention of journalists, librarians, educators, and national and international women's groups. Sherry personally mentored more than 50 teen editors, illustrators and correspondents from around the world. Sherry's experience in launching and growing Blue Jean magazine and its companion web site to over 300,000 readers is extraordinary, given that the company had virtually no marketing budget and depended solely on publicity and word-of-mouth to grow subscriptions. Sherry is a recognized expert on young women and media who has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. Sherry graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Business Administration.

From Publishers Weekly:

"I am woman, hear me roar... or purr... or say nothing at all, if I so choose" is this collection's theme. Handel is the force behind Blue Jean Media, a company that produces blue jean magazine, a periodical for women aged 14 to 22. Dissatisfied with the selection of teen magazines filled with fluffy articles about getting the ideal boyfriend and buying the right prom dress, Handel sought to fill a void by providing a magazine written and edited by young women from around the world. The result was a magazine whose purpose is to empower girls and young women to define themselves through their own medium. The book is a compilation of articles already published in blue jean, including such topics as feminism, body image, volunteering/activism and ethnicity/race. The authors handle these heated topics with ease, displaying a surprising maturity. Twenty-one-year-old Dina Rabadi extols the virtue of single-sex education, treating both sides of the issue, beginning with her own initial reluctance to attend Smith College. Sixteen-year-old Erica Bryant separates herself from feminists by embracing the term "womanist," noting that black women have often been called upon to attack one issue at a time (either race or gender). According to Bryant, womanist philosophy states that racism, sexism and classism can be attacked all at once. Socially active women of all ages will find inspiration in this collection; as it reminds older readers of what it was like to be youthfully optimistic, it empowers younger readers to define their own images and issues for themselves.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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