Read: Massoni, Fashioning Teenagers, Chapters 5 and 6, Epilogue
Introduction, Chapters 1 and 2
What were the biographical circumstances, specific to both Helen Valentine and Walter Annenberg, that
resulted in the initial production of Seventeen magazine?
According to Helen Valentine, who was to be the readership for the magazine? And what “grand narrative”
about adolescent girls was she interested in telling through the magazine? Did she think that Seventeen
magazine was revolutionary in any ways? If so, what were they?
Seventeen premiered during World War II. How does Massoni think this impacted Valentine’s initial vision of
who the Seventeen reader (and thus, the adolescent girl) should be?