Anyone interested in writing for an online magazine for pre-teen girls that does not feature makeup, boys, horses, cute animals, pink or glitter?

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LynnCSchreiber Sun 04-Mar-12 22:27:51

Before anyone reports me to MNHQ, this is a voluntary, non-profit making blog that I am thinking about creating.

I am sick fed up of looking for interesting magazines for my 9 year old daughter that does not feature the above. Most of the comics/magazines are so boring that she flicks through them then discards.

Who decided that all pre-teen girls are only interested in stuff like that? I think that they might be persuaded to read a bi-weekly online magazine with other topics.

My daughter loves art, for example. I could see her loving a magazine that featured stories of artists, or history of art. Maybe your dd likes to read about astronomy, science, geography, or maybe you work in that field and would like to write an article explaining what you do.

We could have articles about technology, about politics (in a general way, explaining about the upcoming US election, and how they vote), about countries, people and how they live.

I would set up the blog and anyone could submit articles for publication. I would be looking to have two articles a week on set days.

Anyone interested?

MmeLindor Wed 16-Oct-13 12:33:17

We will certainly have lots of science (it's me, but can't be bothered to namechange on phone and since I'm already 'known', I don't care)

Would love to do more art (and I love Louise's blog) if I can find someone to contribute on regular basis.

If you'd be interested in doing a science column, let me know. Editor @ jumpmag . co.uk

I'm away till Sunday so might not reply right away.

ShirakawaKaede Wed 16-Oct-13 11:55:07

Lynn, this is a wonderful idea! Would be good to have an article or two on the amazing things that girls around the world have done, such as these: http://therealsgm.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/international-day-of-girl-we-need-to.html

Including some Science would be great, as sadly a lot of girls still see it as a boys' thing. I Fucking Love Science is good, easy to understand without a Sci. background (and run by a woman) so is a good jumping-off point.

I'd love to write a Science column!

LynnCSchreiber Mon 14-Oct-13 03:05:37

Wokeup
Sorry about the confusion. I'm looking for (paid) writers, so if you are interested in contributing, do get in touch.

wokeupwithasmile Sun 13-Oct-13 21:59:34

Sorry, just realised it's an old thread. Silly me.

wokeupwithasmile Sun 13-Oct-13 21:17:49

Marking place.
I could write about East Asia in general and Japanese female trailblazers in history in particular if that sounds good.
Perhaps (someone might have already mentioned this?) a section on travel would be good too, with photographs, links to interesting websites about foreign places, maybe foreign recipes?

LynnCSchreiber Sun 13-Oct-13 19:58:40

Me
If you'd like to write an article, do get in touch. Middle East sound really interesting.

Me2Me2 Sun 13-Oct-13 19:51:15

Oh, right, ha ha. I'm a bit slow. Just seen the thread started some time ago. Kit sounds brill. I'd like to be a preteen girl with itchy feet again. Good work

LynnCSchreiber Sun 13-Oct-13 19:28:23

Me
An adventurous girl like Kit, you mean?

Kit is our Jump! Mag girl, and will be going on expeditions to the Amazon and Atlantis, jumping out of airplanes and doing all sorts of exciting stuff. She will also be featuring in weekly cartoon strips.

The teaching missions are accompanied by teaching guides for schools and homeschoolers, and activities for preteens to work through independently.

LEM
that is really interesting. My kids did a few months of horse riding, and when I think about it, there were very few boys but at the later competitions many more men. Do boys start later?

LEMisdisappointed Sun 13-Oct-13 17:47:27

A horse weighs about half a ton, is strong and a bit stupid, willful and often stubborn. Yet people get on their backs and work in harmony with the animal to perform in top level sports as well as a peaceful stroll around country lanes and the local gymknana. They are expensive, need caring for in all weathers. People are injured and killed in equestrian sports - it is listed in insurance policies as a high risk sport. There is nothing girly and princessy around it. What does get my gall is that, like many things, the proportion of male/female changes as you go higher up the ladder. Maybe that would be a good angle for an article? Why, when the majority of children and hobby riders are girls/women are the majority of people at the top of the sport men? I don't ride anymore, can't afford it (and am a wuss in my old age) but my DD does and it is mostly girls in her lessons. I think there is one lad in the entire stables. So it is clearly portrayed as a girly sport - my DP used to ride with me and he was unusual.

Me2Me2 Sun 13-Oct-13 17:40:51

I'll contribute! I could write little pieces on places of interest (old and new) around the world.
Or the Middle East (my area of expertise)

And what about something creative? I'd love to create a feisty little girl feminist character, who challenges stereotypes and assumptions as she goes about her business. It could be really fun

LynnCSchreiber Sun 13-Oct-13 15:08:53

LEM/Takver
I have never been a horse rider, so wouldn't know that, but it makes perfect sense.

Don't worry about going OT, because whenever I have a conversation like this, I am storing it in the back of my mind as a future topic for a series of articles. Something on the reality of horse riding would be great.

Am hoping to do something on sport in the run up to the Commonwealth Games, perhaps a kind of a Games Diary, with entries from the athletes - if I can find a few who would be willing to submit articles.

Takver Sun 13-Oct-13 14:42:22

A bit OT, but I love the fact that the stables where dd rides is a place full of strong athletic women & girls with a few young men as the minority.

The woman who owns & runs the stables is a great role model for any young woman - she organises driving weekends bringing people together from all over the country, is 'master' of the local hunt (not sure what she is actually called in practice but YKWIM), and runs a very successful business despite the vagaries of the tourist industry.

LEMisdisappointed Sun 13-Oct-13 14:28:54

I actually dont like the way they girlify horses. Its takes strength and guts to ride and be around horses. Its messy and hard work so it always irritates me woth the whole girly image.

LynnCSchreiber Sun 13-Oct-13 12:51:32

LEM
We did a whole series of Stories from the Stables. They were really popular dammit

sassh
I really wanted to do a series of articles where we sent girls from the major religions of UK to each other's places of worship and homes to explore the differences, and the similarities. Including atheist. I haven't been able to do it yet, but if I can find girls (or boys) willing to take part, I will.

I am also in contact with Writers of Color on Twitter, in the hope that we can have more articles on diversity.

Ledkr
If you are interested, would you email me (or have you already? Haven't checked my emails yet)

LEMisdisappointed Sun 13-Oct-13 12:34:37

Whats wrong with horses?

Lovely to see this thread again. smile

Ledkr Sun 13-Oct-13 08:42:00

Count me in, Ive done some freelance stuff already.
It would be good for people to write about different jobs they've done to give the girls done insight when choosing a future career goal.

sashh Sun 13-Oct-13 08:38:33

Equality and diversity section?

That's my favorite teaching subject and there is always a day, week or month to celebrate/commemorate things. Off the top of my head mental health awareness, Breast Cancer awareness, Ada Lovelace day and Diwali are all about now or in the next couple of weeks.

Of course If I had my way it would all be special editions so October would have 'how to tie a sari', traditional Diwali snacks recipes, interviews with young carers of parents with mental health problems along with advice and helplines, spells for Halloween, who Ada Lovelace was and her influence with a link to an article on how to write a program in python (or other free to download language) what it will feel like when your breasts start to develop and how to check them every month. Maybe some sort of historical article on witchcraft (It drives me mad when people think witches were burnt at the stake, in England they never were) and also that a conviction for witchcraft was secured in the 1940s.

What about things like what to look out for when picking a secondary school - a parents and child guide could be useful.

At 9 I was quite into electronics, I had my room set up with a warning if there was someone on the stairs.

book reviews.

please do it.

LynnCSchreiber this is fab.

LynnCSchreiber Sat 12-Oct-13 22:33:17

Whatdoesittake
Hurrah. My DD hates 1D too.

We have left the girls to talk about their likes and dislikes. If someone wants to write an article about liking make up and/or high heels, we'd love to publish it. We want to show the diversity of being a preteen, and that you can do and be what you want to be.

Yes, still looking for writers, and if we get funding then we will finally be able to pay. Ideally, I would like to have writers who would commit to a series of articles on a particular topic. If you are interested, email me editor @ jumpmag. co. uk

whatdoesittake48 Sat 12-Oct-13 22:09:07

First time I have seen this. Just sent a link to my 11 yo daughter. She hates one direction, can't see the point of makeup, but loves high heels...she is also clever, beyond her years and sick of having to fit in. Finally a place she can be herself..

I am a writer - are you still looking for contributors?

LynnCSchreiber Sat 12-Oct-13 20:01:56

Madd
Glad your DD likes it. If she has contributed, would you get in touch cause I'd like to offer free subscriptions to those who did so (assuming we get funded!)

Confused
I know, the drop down menus have cost me hours of frustration. They won't appear on the new site, as we've decided to make the website flow. The idea is that without menus, kids will perhaps read an article that is not in their normal interests/comfort zone.

I am at the absolute end of my technical capabilities, I will admit that. That will be passed on to someone who knows how to do stuff like this.

Marking place as I remember you launching this smile It looks brilliant now! I wish I had something to contribute but I can't think of anything!

Just to say, I'm having issues with the drop down menus, they disappear before I can click on the sub-heading.

MaddAddam Fri 11-Oct-13 18:51:30

My 12yo has been a regular reader and she contributes, I think. She's enjoyed it a lot. She's not one for fluffy girly pre-teen stuff and she's enjoyed the features on politics and feminism.

SinisterSal Fri 11-Oct-13 18:47:33

I ma delighted to hear it is doing so well smile Well done to all involved

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