How Magazines Convinced Teenage Me That My Sexuality Didn't Exist

For the last few days I’ve been grappling with the fact that I spend a lot of time thinking about dating and sex. In fact, I write and post a lot about it on my tumblr. I’ve been trying to come to terms with being so focused on dating and sex on the one hand, and feminist on the other.

To further explain: I fully believe that part of the patriarchal cis-tem is to socialize girls to be obsessed with dating. Mainstream women’s magazines are built and sustained on this socialization. As a consumer of this socialization, I immersed myself into women’s magazines from a young age.

Originally posted on Lindsay's blog, Feminisms In Real Life.

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