The Secret Lives Of Girls

Thought Catalog

We weren’t allowed to read Cosmopolitan until we were juniors in high school. Our mothers would talk about how we didn’t need to be polluting our minds with that kind of trash, that we needed to enjoy being young and innocent, that we could please boys just by being ourselves, that we didn’t need to worry about pleasing them at all. I don’t know if they knew that we had already begun to explore the complicated world of sex, in varying measures, and that most of the magazine’s advice would come woefully late for our failed teenage romances. I don’t know if they still thought of us as children, and truly thought that it would be a few printed words in an advice list that would jump-start the transition to womanhood. I don’t know if our not being able to read it was more for them, or for us. But…

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