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August 21, 2009


Melissa Wardy

And here I thought I was going to have a slow, rainy Friday afternoon. Nope, now I'll be firing off letter to the Maine Edge. Shameful. And posting this to Pigtail Pal's Facebook page riiiiight, now.

I hope more companies and journalists join me in fighting the sexualization of girls in the media. It is not okay, it is not appropriate. It is time to stand up and say, for our girls, "No More."


How “fresh” is a lame reference to a dated and cheesy rap song (Kelis’ 2007 song “Milkshake”) about breasts?

Um...guys...the "Milkshake" song wasn't released in 2007...in was released in 2003.


This reminds me of every second issue of Psychology Today or even most of the photography magazines at the stand. is there anything that *can't* be illustrated with a half-naked teenager?


Wanna see something even more disgusting?


It's disgusting, but it's also funny. And true. And awesome. It shows how the media treats girl singers (though Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson, the latter who is deceased, are mentioned) like paper dolls, making them innocent then sexy (a la Britney Spears) or letting them having their own image during their first CDs, THEN making them feminine (Avril Lavigne.)

Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Christina Aguilera, Ashlee Simpson, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson, Avril Lavigne, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Beyonce Knowles, Gwen Stefani, Justin Timberlake, Micheal Jackson. They all appear in this video, all are pop-stars (even, sadly, Avril Lavigne,) and all, save for Jennifer Lopez, and Michael Jackson, sometimes by their last name, are mentioned in your book.

WARNING: 1:45-1:49 YOU WILL HAVE A SEIZURE (don't ask)

Lyn Mikel Brown

Thanks everyone.

2003...oops...point made tho, more dated than ever.

Yes, have seen the Nickelback parody on YouTube. Thanks for mentioning it.


Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, Beyonce Knowles, Lindsay Lohan, and even Britney Spears all have suggested songs for the Girl Power CD, though.


The Edge is a further embarassment to our community with every issue. This is not even among the top ten stupidest covers they've ever had- and they've only been around for a few years.


When did you see the Popstar video? What happened when you watched 1:45-1:49?


Vomit inducing.

Her Grace

They appear to have taken the image down -- way to go!


It might not come as much of a surprise, but everything about the Maine Edge is terrible. It's 80% ads, their cover designs and stories are always completely uninspired, and they never, ever, ever have anything original to say.

It's totally embarrassing, considering this part of Maine has so many interesting and creative people. The Edge doesn't reflect us well at all. Meh.

Melissa LeClaire

I am a fan of the Maine Edge, however I too was shocked at the current cover photo. She does look young and a little under dressed for my taste. I am still a fan it's a much better paper than the Bangor Daily News. How come I didn't see a blog when the BDN put a dead body on the front page. Were you as outraged as I was over that cover picture? I don't want to see that and I'm sure those who are victims of violent crimes took that offensively. You can write a story and not have it pictured so graphically on the front page. Plus I see a post here about the Maine Edge being 80% ads - how much are you paying for the paper? Your no. It's a free publication. It's a fun, lighthearted, entertaining paper who's sole income is from advertising, so yes your going to see ads. I actually look forward to the ads, I have used several of their coupons. What is the BDN's excuse?
I hope that the Maine Edge makes better choices in the future, I do enjoy the paper and find it funny, uplifting and entertaining.


Did S.Lamb and/or L.Brown catch my movie idea yet and are still thinking it over? Or have they not caught it yet?

Lyn Mikel Brown

I received an apology from The Maine Edge and appreciate that they took the photo down from their online version. Will post the apology letter and my response. Thanks to everyone who wrote letters and emails!


I've posted it on at least three "boards", but you wouldn't listen!:(


Lame magazine cover..


PS I negllected to mention that the horror doesn't stop at going from tomboy/innocent to girly/sexy. Also, they party all night, are stuck in inappropriate relationships, having drinking problems, and just plain go down a bad road. Just when they pick themselves back up, something bad in their lives.


I wanna be generic/Let the media lead me...

...with a picture of Avril Lavigne...NO LESS








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