Sugar will be a feminist magazine that empowers young women of all ethnicities to take initiative in everything they do. Using art, poetry, fiction, interviews, and personal essays, Sugar will inspire its readers to fight against society's standards about how we are told to look and feel about ourselves. Sugar aims to destroy any stereotypes that the majority of our worth is in how aesthetically pleasing we are to the opposite sex. I want to push the importance of intelligence, passion, creativity and individuality, and promote self-acceptance in a world that makes this seem so unconditionally difficult. Sugar will represent creative freedom of expression and inspire ladies to change the world. I want artists and viewers to be free of restrictions and judgment, and be empowered as women and men to explore themselves.
As I'm currently in recovery from a vicious eating disorder, I've come to the conclusion that society uses looks as a method of silencing women. I think we can all agree that "ugly" is incredibly powerful, but I just can’t help but to question why we feel as though being beautiful is a worthy goal. In a book I’ve recently read called, Life Doesn’t Begin 5 Pounds from Now, author Jessica Weiner discusses the “Language of Fat". Women are living through the destructive and damaging impact of this language, and Weiner discusses how easy it is to believe that your worth is tied up in your weight or body size. She states, “The Language of Fat is a language most women are taught to speak in this country. It is it’s own separate communication that women first learn as children and then cultivate as they mature in life.” So, rather than focusing on our looks, it's time to share with the world how powerful, and incredibly talented, young women are.
If you feel as psyched as I do, consider donating or sharing! And on a similar note, if anyone would be interested in contributing or working with us, definitely contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can check out our website at thesugarmag.com. This is a magazine for art, for writing, for those in recovery, for girls who've been shamed for living too loudly or too quietly, for taking up space or feeling too deeply. This is for everyone. This is for us.
Every donation made to Sugar Magazine will go directly into production of not only the first issue, but future issues as well. Sugar Magazine will be produced three times a year.
Thank you, Maria Wurtz
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