May 2018 was the GirlTalk Magazine’s one year anniversary! To celebrate, we wanted to dedicate an issue with the theme of “love and culture”, which we figured summer would be a perfect time for. However, though summer brings excitement and relaxation, the pressures of “summer flings,” bikini bodies, and body image dominate our culture. Last summer’s Body Issue examined the physical expectations of women and its effects on our relationships. This year’s summer issue “Love and Culture” focuses on the different ways emotional elements of romantic and sexual relationships also affects our relationships, both with ourselves and others.
Before we give a preview of this month’s content, we want to say thank you to everyone who reads and supports the GirlTalk Magazine. Whether you’ve read all six issues or this is your first time reading our magazine, it is your support that motivates us to continue empowering middle and high school students to invest themselves in the struggle towards gender equity. We are immensely grateful to our writers for their thoughtful, hard work, and to everyone who’s given us kind feedback which continues to remind us of our goal: giving girls around the world a platform to voice their ideas about gender in a in an ever confusing and contradicting world.
Various ideas of what relationships are supposed to look like are among the messages being thrown at us from all angles, and this issue discusses these messages being thrown at people of all ages, nationalities, religions, and cultures. Through a high school lense, we examine “hookup culture”, relationships, and cultural influences on marriages in different religions and cultures, such as in the Latinx the Asian community. We also discuss feminism within orthodox judaism, the media’s portrayal of love, and virginity.
We hope everyone is having incredible summers. Enjoy this fun, entertaining and thoughtful issue!