I found the website, Rookie that was curated by teenage role model, Tavi Gevinson. She
created this website for teens who have worries about their identities. The website covers topics
that mainstream media does not cover through this magazine and book series. The website
publishes writing, photography, and other forms of artwork by and for teenagers. Their
contributors and readers are from all over the world.
The topics that are covered range from pop culture and fashion to adolescent social issues
and feminism. After watching her Ted Talk, I realized that she found a lack of teenage girls to
look up to through the media - none of the characters she read or watched showed their flaws or
weaknesses. She felt that women contradict themselves and are told what they can and cannot be.
While there's always danger in generalizing a whole group of people, she believes some
experiences are somewhat universal to being a teenager. And thus, she created this website to
start a conversation for these teens to ask their own questions and to make the best of the
beautiful awkwardness of being an adolescent girl.
Although I have outgrown my teenage years, there are a lot of articles that are still
relatable and photographs that move me on Rookie. I think its amazing that she created this
platform for teens to share their talent and credit themselves for their work. She recognizes the
worry and talent in these teens and provides this platform for these teens to jumpstart their career
and to be noticed by international readers.
Not only do I think Canadian teens find this website interesting, I believe teens from all
over the world would find this website interesting. Although these teens are from opposite sides
of the world, they share one thing in common: the struggles of being a teenager and accepting the
fact that you have questions. I know as a young adult myself, I have questions and I sometimes
feel I cannot ask them because I'm "scared" of how I will be judged. As sad as it is to say, I grew
up with the belief that women should be more reserved and so I see myself projecting those
behaviors as well. However, this website inspires me because it covers questions I have myself
that I am too afraid to ask. And the fact that I see that people are writing about it from another
country makes me feel more comfortable to speak my mind. I also believe that parents should be
more aware that these topics come across the minds of teenagers no matter where they are in the
world. They should understand that there is now a website for questions that teenagers have
because they are afraid to ask their parents or authority figures and there is a problem with that.
I also like that the website is broken up by months and then days. Each month has a
theme and the day you click on has about 3-4 articles written. I like this layout because there
isn't an overwhelming amount to read through. Tavi's intentions for this website to be read
afterschool is portrayed because teens can go home and have a choice of four articles to read
through (as they have homework to do).
I read two of the articles written by a teenager in London and another in Chicago. The
first article I read was about "your first heartbreak". Usually, you think its your fault and you've
reached a dead end. All your future plans were with this one person and now you were wrong
about everything. But she (the writer) goes on by saying that she got over it and there is no
timeline to get over a heartbreak. When other teens, who are going through the same situation
read this, they will not feel alone. Another article I read was called, "Just Wondering: How Can I
Help a Friend Who Is Grounded Because She's Gay?" Although I have never been in this
position, reading it put me in the situation of the writer and I got a glimpse of what it could be
like if a situation like this has ever occurred.
In conclusion, although some of the topics haven't happened to me, it is still interesting
because you do not know about these topics unless you watch it or know someone who has gone
through it. That is why this website is successful - it takes you into the lives of interesting teens
with compelling stories. Rookie is progressive and does an impeccable job at catering to an