Dakota Fanning on 'Cosmo' Cover Isn't What's Corrupting Your Teen

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Dakota Fanning Cosmopolitan CoverDid you hear the latest kerfuffle over a magazine cover model? Nope, not Photoshop this time. Word has it teen actress Dakota Fanning is a shocking choice for the cover of Cosmopolitan because, gasp, she's just 17. And the cover has the word vagina on there! Besides, you know what they talk about in the pages of these lady mags, don't you?

Lean in close now, and let me whisper it for you. Because I wouldn't want to shock any teenagers now, would I?

Ahem, they talk about SEX! Yes indeedy do, it's all about talking off your clothes and getting freak nasty. And guess what, folks?

Dakota Fanning is not going to be any teen girl's gateway drug to sexytown. Teens have been reading this "smut" for years. I know I sure as heck did.

The guiding principle of teenagers is they always want to feel older than they are. So by the time we hit the tween years (which were still called pre-teen back in the day ... yes, I'm oooold), we were already begging for Teen Beat. And when we actually GOT to the teen years, we were sooo moving on to YM and Seventeen.

And then as we approached the latter years of high school, after years of already reading those mags, we had taken every "are you a bad friend" quiz and mastered every acne hiding technique, and we were bored. With our own babysitting money in hand, we were ready to roll with the big girls. So we weren't actually having sex, that didn't mean we didn't want to imagine the 35 ways to make him scream.

Sure, at 17, you'd think Dakota Fanning would be more appropriate for the cover of Seventeen. But what are the chances she actually reads it? Slim to none. In fact, find me a high school senior who still reads Seventeen cover-to-cover, and I'm going to bet you someone else bought her the subscription. Even Jamie Kieles, the teen who gained Internet fame in 2010 for her Seventeen Magazine Project, told us she only bought the mag regularly when she was younger; by senior year, she'd moved on to more adult (read: more racy) fare.

So let's leave Dakota Fanning alone, m'kay? Your teens are already corrupt. She doesn't have to do it for them.

What does your teen daughter read?

 

Image via Cosmopolitan

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Sevys... SevysMomma

I saw her on the cover and was so excited! She can be 17 and have days left until she is 'legal'. Her age shouldn't change a thing at this point. I read Cosmo since I was 14-15 and never touched any of the other magazines.

Kaila... KailaCheyenne

Haha I'm 17 and still read every Seventeen (I buy it myself too)! But I also read Cosmo. I love that Dakota is on the cover of it and Selena Gomez will be on the cover later this year actually. I don't think Cosmo is corrupting any teenager because I certainly didn't start having sex just because of a magazine. I don't even have sex. Smart teenagers who's PARENTS teach them good morals will know when they're ready, not rely on a magazine to tell them. Cosmo and Seventeen both are fantastic magazines!

sweet... sweet.lil.mama

I read seventeen when I was 12...I started reading Cosmo at 16...I'm 22 and still love Cosmo :)

jessi... jessicasmom1

I used to read seventeen 

Water... Water_geM

i agree with this article...


when i was 17 i moved on to glamour and cosmo.


no wim bored and i want a grown up mag...and alas there is none to be had.

Sidthe Sidthe

:eyeroll: By my senior year we were carrying Cosmo around the school for reading period! People will freak out over ANYTHING. And there was someone freaking out because of her "provocative pose" Really hip cocked and her hand on her hip is provocative...last I checked that was 99.9% of teenage girls immediate stance when they were angry or just bored.

GlowW... GlowWorm889

I wasn't dissapointed or upset, just a little shocked. I saw it in the grocery store and had to do a double check when I saw the name!

nonmember avatar MiMisMommy4

I agree with every part of this article. Seriously they used to have a teen cosmo I started reading that when I was like 13. And I started reading cosmo around 15 and you know what my mom was the one who usually bought it for me and she would read too. She felt the more I was informed with sex 1. The better I would be at deciding when I was ready and make sure I did it cuz I wanted to not the guy I was 17 so obviously not so corrupting and 2. I knew to be safe about.. so I think cosmo is a good thing it informs them properly and half time at 15 girls just read it with their friends cuz they think half of it in there is funny. Letting your child or not letting your child read it neither is going to corrupt them

nonmember avatar MiMisMommy4

I agree with every part of this article. Seriously they used to have a teen cosmo I started reading that when I was like 13. And I started reading cosmo around 15 and you know what my mom was the one who usually bought it for me and she would read too. She felt the more I was informed with sex 1. The better I would be at deciding when I was ready and make sure I did it cuz I wanted to not the guy I was 17 so obviously not so corrupting and 2. I knew to be safe about.. so I think cosmo is a good thing it informs them properly and half time at 15 girls just read it with their friends cuz they think half of it in there is funny. Letting your child or not letting your child read it neither is going to corrupt them

nonmember avatar MiMisMommy4

I agree with every part of this article. Seriously they used to have a teen cosmo I started reading that when I was like 13. And I started reading cosmo around 15 and you know what my mom was the one who usually bought it for me and she would read too. She felt the more I was informed with sex 1. The better I would be at deciding when I was ready and make sure I did it cuz I wanted to not the guy I was 17 so obviously not so corrupting and 2. I knew to be safe about.. so I think cosmo is a good thing it informs them properly and half time at 15 girls just read it with their friends cuz they think half of it in there is funny. Letting your child or not letting your child read it neither is going to corrupt them.

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