I read dolly as a 12 year old, I think it's a good influence.
Yes, there is talk of sex in there. But it's always urging girls to wait and teaches about contraception. Its still burned in my mind at the age of 26 lol
I also remember reading about puberty and finding it so helpful, some things you just can't ask your mum, they get embarrassed.
12 year olds will think about boys and sex regardless of weather or not they read dolly, that's just the way of the world. At least they can get some sensible information on the topic.
There is only one section about sex anyway, and yearly they do a special on STDs & contraception. the rest is about friendship, pop music, clothes & school.
Sorry for the novel but I still support the magazine and would have no issue buying it for DD when she's old enough
I personally wouldn't. Unless it has changed drastically since I read it 20 years ago. Not because of the sex/body information - that stuff is good. It's the "fashion" parts that I think are inappropriate for an impressionable pre-teen. I can honestly say that magazines like Dolly were a significant contributor to my body and food issues. 20 years on I still remember the sinking feeling I had when I realised that I didn't, and never would, look like the "Dolly cover girl" winner. Something I want to shelter my daughter from for as long as possible (I know she will be exposed to it eventually).
Ok so I flicked through dolly whilst doing the groceries. I must say I was pretty happy with the mag, I didn't open the sealed section but looking at the index there wasn't anything concerning.
Those worried about body image issues should flick to page 26 when next at the shops, I was pleasantly surprised.
Thank you everyone for your help with this. I will look at girlfriend as well, I remember liking dolly more as a teen but I don't know why
I bought Dolly and Girlfriend monthly from the time I was about 12 onwards. I was never badly influenced by it.
I think what sticks out to the readers is what they are interested in, so for me it was all about the interviews, make it yourself fashion and beauty tips and posters. The 'sex' stuff didn't really jump out at me because I really wasn't interested in that. Sure I read it, and I'm glad I did have that, because there was no way Mum was going to tell me about oral sex, and Dad sure as hell wasn't, lol.
One thing I really remember well was that ANY sex advice was always written with "Just remember it is illegal to have sex under 16. " "if a boy is saying that you should, don't forget its illegal to do it under 16" "make sure you are emotionally ready and over 16"
It was really really emphasised that sex under 16 is not legal. And had some great articles on saying NO and not feeling like you 'have' to.
I think it's appropriate, maybe 13 rather than 12, but depends on your daughter.
i read these around that age and it really helped with the stuff you couldnt ask being to shy etc. and i usually skipped the makeup/modeling bits! lol
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