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The Issue
A Response to “Seventeen Magazine” by Ellen Hagan

You won’t be able to stop comparing yourself to others
This year, be bold, shy, smart, dumb!
How far must a girl go to fit in?
Nice body, nice personality, nice face
How far must a girl go? Fit in?
Confidence, overconfidence, & mind tricks. Tricks of the media – Photoshop Filtering.
Brains. Builds. Beauty. Make & Mentality.
Good girl, good life, good heart. Good, good, good, good. Good.
Get: better. Get: believable Get: beautiful
Get 625 ways to change yourself.
Smooth lips, smooth life, smooth ride.
763 personality adjustments and character traits.
Boost your ego. Boost your body count. Boost your life experiences.
Boost your reputation with 659 things to lie about.
Learn to hate yourself, the right way.

This issue is for you.
This issue is about you.
You are the issue.

-Holly Bergman ‘17

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