This ad depicts a teenager girl, to be sure, but teenagers of both sexes and all races and classes tend to be portrayed negatively, albeit in different ways. Jamie Keiles, a teenager herself, is trying to draw attention to this at her blog, Teenagerie. Keiles writes:
Through the eyes of the media, teenagers are shown as narcissistic, lazy, and unintelligent. We are condemned for being tech-obsessed, shallow, and impulsive.
Keiles, however, blames media itself for promulgating this stereotype, giving teens the message that their lives should fall within its boundaries. She’s hoping her project will make a difference.Lisa Wade, PhD is a professor at Occidental College. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture, and a textbook about gender. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.