Esquire magazine fell the cover story for its March issue on Tuesday, and many individuals expressed their frustration with the 17-year-old boy profiled in the article.
The author of this cover story, Jennifer Percy, says the demonstration for her feature narrative was”Misleading.”
“The Life of an American Boy at 17″ follows Ryan Morgan and, according to the cover,”What it’s like to develop white, middle class, and male at the era of social media, school shootings, toxic masculinity, #MeToo, and a divided country.”
In an email to CBS News, Percy wrote the”Article reveals how much labor we still need to do to teach boys about inherited white
male privilege. It also shows that the adolescent years are an ideal time to generate change.”
“I didn’t approve the cover picture or pay text and discovered the presentation misleading,” Percy wrote.
Several social media users were outraged that the magazine could launch a story that highlights white males during Black History Month.
Many people pointed out that Esquire’s profile provides a voice to a subject that is often represented in America media, instead of an underrepresented individual.
While the profile of Morgan is only a part in a series growing up in America today, many believed the magazine missed the mark in deciding upon the”Typical American boy” Others felt that the magazine was sympathizing with white guys and”What they need to go through” in today’s political climate.
Morgan, who grew up at the middle class city of West Bend, Wisconsin, has conservative parents, doesn’t precisely understand what the #MeToo movement is, and is still confused about what he can and can’t do, the interview reveals.
Several people felt that the profile wasn’t thought-provoking due to its male point of view.
In relation to Esquire Magazine’s white-washed cover story, we don’t need more features about how hard it is to develop man and Caucasian”In the era of #metoo”.
We want more care of how hard it’s to navigate the patriarchy.
In an editor’s note, Editor in Chief Jay Fielden said that 26 years after the magazine profiled the everyday life of a 10-year-old American boy, they chose to”Follow that version but to expand it into a series on growing up today – white, black, LGBTQ, feminine – that will continue to look in forthcoming issues.” The first installment, by Percy, looks at the divided country through the eyes of one child, Fielden writes.
“He’s white, lives in the middle of the reddest county in Wisconsin, and, being you will see, he is an unusually mature, intelligent, and determined young man,” Fielden’s note on the story read. “I want to thank Ryan here for now he spent with Jen and photographer Justin Kaneps. He can be just seventeen -and as infallibly human as the rest of us but I respect the courage he’s shown in speaking with us so openly about his life, and for agreeing to be on our cover.”
Clearly he doesn’t signify EVERY American boy.
Notice, it says ‘An American Boy,’ maybe not ‘THE American Boy.’ Cease being hypocritically racist, and allow EVERYONE tell their story.
I read this, and I believed it was worth reading and worth composing and worth publishing.
In the profile, Morgan admits that he isn’t well versed in women’s rights, however, says he identifies as a conservative-leaning moderate, and shared his own view on several other societal and political difficulties.
He does not support welfare, unless individuals who get it are created to acquire work. He doesn’t support needle exchanges,” Percy writes for Esquire.
“On issues of sex, Ryan is mixed. He doesn’t think abortion should be legal. He doesn’t support condom distribution in high schools to prevent pregnancy. If a man and a woman getting the same salary have a kid, and when among them must quit their job to increase it, Ryan thinks it should be the girl.
Some people believed releasing the now-controversial cover was a strategy to get people speaking about Esquire’s continuing series, which will later profile other, more varied men and women.
Some defended Esquires choice in subject, saying Morgan is the typical American boy.