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    Hi Everyone
    I'm after some advice on the appropriateness of girlie magazines, for my 14 year old son. I used to buy him Explode magazine, which was aimed at young teenage boys. It had stuff on cars etc, and some pictures of girls, but not really sexual type photos. Unfortunately the magazine is no longer sold. He then asked if he could buy Zoo magazine. This seems like a more explicit magazine. The pictures are more sexual, and the articles are quite explicit.
    Do you think he's too young for Zoo? Some of his friends have the magazine, so I think he's probably seeing it anyway, but I worry about letting him buy it, if its not really suitable for him?
    Any advice would be appreciated
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    TBPH I don't think its appropriate. And its not so much a matter of whether he sees it or not, its moreso that he knows you don't think its appropriate. Hard to explain but I do think there is a difference. I've just checked out the online website and its very tacky. I'm just not sure if he's emotionally old enough (he's your son you know him better ) to look at these magazines and not assume that all women are sexual objects. To be quite frank if my son was wanting magazines to masturbate over (although I'm not sure that is what your son wants them for) I'd rather leave out a victoria's secret catalogue at least its somewhat tasteful LOL!

    BUT I can't really comment because my son is 14 months LOL not 14 yrs... But I got my hubby's opinion and he thinks its too young and he said he used to read them from 15-16 but even then his parents never bought them for him. He said he read playboy and it was definitely more "tasteful" than the others.

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    Hi Cailin
    yeah, i know what you mean about me buying it for him - its like its then got my seal of approval. i do sort of think he's too young, i just wasn't sure if i was being a prude/naive or not. He seems alot more interested in cars than girls, but again i'm not sure if he just doesn't confide in me about what he's thinking about girls, or if he's just not into them yet? i also wondered if he wanted Zoo, just because his friends buy it, or if he was really curious about girls?
    i would have thought playboy was more explicit?
    thanks for your advice.

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    As the mother of a teenage girl I wouldn't like to think that the boys she is hanging out with are getting magazines like Zoo bought for them by their mothers LOL I agree with the others, if you buy it its giving your seal of aproval which I don't think is appropriate. Mothering teenagers is soooo hard isn't it??

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    I would believe it's definately not appropriate if it was my son. I haven't had teenagers yet, but through my teenage years, it was the boys that seemed to have these kind of magazines at school that were the ones that sexually harrassed a few of us girls the most and engaged in underage sex. I'm not trying to generalize at all or saying it's all like that, just in my experience the ones that showed off they bought these mags were known to be the ones to steer clear of at school and never to be alone with.

    I believe it promotes women as objects, and being a woman yourself and being the authoritive figure as well, to buy them for him you might perhaps be endorsing this way of thinking and giving in as such to the idea that women are just sexual objects.

    It must be a hard one, I don't envy you! Good luck with it, it's something I honestly never thought of before with my son, but I guess these kind of things aren't too far away.

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    ok, thanks girls for your advice - bellybelly never disappoints!

    i bought a zoo last week, to check out how explicit it is. i'm not going to give it to him, after reading your responses - you've all confirmed what i was thinking. my son has only asked once for the mag, so i think it might just be because some friends had it.

    he does buy car magazines. its just a shame there's not a mag for young teen boys, like a boys dolly or something.

    thanks again.

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    Oh Anne.... I completely agree with you there... My son is 13 next week, and he loves magazines... but he now buys guitar ones as he has waaaay outgrown Kzone etc.
    My daughter when she gets to that age will obviously have Dolly, Girlfriend etc.
    I considered Ralph for James... because hey, he likes to check out girls in Bikinis... but they are women in that mag and I do think the other material in there would be too mature for him.
    I haven't read Ralph, Zoo etc, but I do think that they are a bit degrading... we try to let James know that there are more to women than just their looks... He only showed an interest in them because his friends were... now he is away from those friends (at a different school) he has developed his own interest.

    My DH buys car mags... and TBH, there are enough girls in there... maybe for the time being that might be enough for him.
    IF he is gonna look at girly mags, he will do it with an old, passed around copy of Playboy like the boys I went to school with... I don't think he should have it bought for him by his Mum

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    My DH buys car mags... and TBH, there are enough girls in there... maybe for the time being that might be enough for him.
    IF he is gonna look at girly mags, he will do it with an old, passed around copy of Playboy like the boys I went to school with... I don't think he should have it bought for him by his Mum
    Yeah I agree with that sentiment Lisa totally You put it the way I was trying to LOL!

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    As a mother I am not overly keen on Dolly TBH, it gets pretty explicit sometimes, when we were teenagers it seemed like Dolly readers were assumed to be virgins but not anymore LOL!

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    Hi Anne,

    I don't have a teenage son but I've no doubt there is very little for them out there in the way of magazines. My problem with Zoo and other mags like it (Ralph, FHM etc) is that they not only objectify women but the quality of the writing is so poor, it's embarrassing. The articles are completely lame, aimed at the lowest common denominator and serve only to further perpetuate the myth that all men are over-sexed, sports-mad morons. They feature articles on models who say inane things like "I love taking charge in bed' and "Sex in the outdoors is wild!" which to me, is so predictable and let's face it, only serves to make men think not only is their girlfriend not as hot as the cover model but she obviously isn't as good in the sack either.

    In Playboys defence, the writing is renowned as being awesome. And yes, we all know that no one buys it for the articles but let's say they "use" the magazine for the millionth time and then think "Hey, I'm not tired", they might actually read something and they might actually learn something!

    So Anne, to summarise (I do go on ), I do think your son is too young for these mags but he's probably too smart for them too! He deserves better.
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    Yeah I couldn't agree with you more Lil MG...

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    Anne, I think it's inappropriate. My son is 14 this year (so we have similar age gaps with the kids..lol)...and I'm sure he's seen this mag along with others I also deem inappropriate. He knows what I think, but I think it's like it has been said, once you buy it, you approve. Joshua likes Hot 4's I think it's called, which is a car mag cos he's car mad!! Whilst it does have girls in it, they aren't like playboy etc. so this could be an option for you?

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    This must be a toughie - there's so little for young teenage boys out there just now.

    I hate Zoo. I don;t know how the Aus publication compares but in the UK it's known in the broadsheet press as a RIT mag (rapist in training), it's thought of so badly. Still sells of course...

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    I was teaching a year 6 class this morning and some of the boys in that class were reading Skate magazines so if he was into skateboarding they would be good. I know a lot of them read gaming mags or surfing mags at my DD's high school.

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    hi girls

    Cass: yeah, my son is car MAD too(our new baby is named after holden racing car driver cameron mcconville!!)- cars are his life. brad buys a few of the car mags, and has a subscription to Motor. Congratulations on the birth of your son - no drugs - that's great. how are you finding the age gap between your boys - i'm finding it wonderful. brad is besotted with his baby brother, and such a great help.

    Hoobley: i take your point re RIT. when i flicked thru Zoo, to see what it was like, i saw a nearly naked girl on all fours, with a dog collar around her neck. very sex-object-ish.

    the Explode magazine used to be good (they've stopped printing it), because it was for his age group, and had info about girls in it. i'm sure he's curious about girls, and i thought it would be good for him to be able to read about them, but as you all say, the Zoo's etc aren't suitable. will just have to wait and see if any new mags come out, suitable for his age group.
    thanks again for your replies girls

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    I love the age gap. Sometimes when Oskar has woken up Joshua has just gone and got him for me without even being asked. At first he wouldn't even touch him, but now he comes and talks to him when I'm feeding him and plays with his feet. He won't admit it but I can tell he just loves him and loves how little he is. I also find that I am a lot more patient with Oskar and I'm not sure if it's because Joshua has given me more headaches than a baby ever will...lol. Feel free to email me [email protected] anytime. Speak soon, Cass.

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    Cass- I know the feeling, teenagers are harder than any baby LOL Everyone said I was mad going back to having a baby but I said its a walk in the park compared to a teenage girl!
    On the plus side I find it so much easier too cause you have a great helper (when the mood takes them)

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    How very true!! How often does the mood really take also once the novelty has worn off...lol.

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