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Why Teen Voguettes Don't Grow Up to be IP Lawyers

Moving beyong the commercial counterfeiting question, the March 2006 issue of Teen Vogue asks, "Are Your Best Friends Stealing Your Style?"  (Yes, I spent a good deal of time in a waiting room earlier this week.) 

After predictable descriptions of girls copying one another's style -- the sort of thing that reminds us of why high school was so emotionally fraught -- the article segues into advice regarding the appropriate response to a copyist (or at least one with habits somewhat less frightening than Single White Female).  A degree of self-policing is apparent; "Haley" doesn't challenge her friend "because that would be mean."  In addition, girls are urged to recognize that copying is the result of admiration or to adopt a "healthy attitude" and not stress.

While I'm in favor of anything that reduces anxiety levels in life generally, and among adolescent girls in particular, I have to wonder whether this is commonsense advice or an effort to instill an ideal of nonconfrontation.  "Haley" the girl may find social approval in remaining silent, seething, and anonymous for now, but what about "Haley" the woman?

Then again, my high school colors were orange and black, so maybe copying was simply out of the question.

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"I have to wonder whether this is commonsense advice or an effort to instill an ideal of nonconfrontation. "Haley" the girl may find social approval in remaining silent, seething, and anonymous for now, but what about "Haley" the woman?"

This probablby means that Haley the woman won't get a job at Vogue either let alone an IP lawyer gig because well style is about noncomformity at its heart.

Full proof to me that the teen magazines destroy lives and careers. Can't think for yourself? Herd mentality? Hmmmmm, maybe Teen Vogue is part of some elaborate socialization process to create ideal citizens. Ohh Socrates did you die for nothing?

Who is a knower of such excellence of a human being and a citizen? Clearly Teen Vogue falls under the citizen category.

I guess Amy Astley doesn't want free human beings. Just boring citizens of a dictatorial fashion state.


And thus the eternal clash of Western civilization continues. Plato and Prada meeting indeed.

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