The totally groundbreaking, subversive “16 Magazine” was the very first teenybopper magazine for adolescent girls in history. 16 had a NO ADVERTISEMENTS policy (yeah!), and was crafted under the long-time leadership of hard-core feminist rebel Gloria Stavers. 16, now out of print, also has no archive.

As you already know, I became interested in the teen-idol history a month or so ago, and in my total dedication to getting to the bottom of things, I decided to locate the archive of 16, and conduct primary-document research. Well, after calling several distributors (who owned the rights to 16 throughout the years), publishers (including Hearst Publications), and librarians, my wild-goose chase has come to a screeching halt. There may not be any one collection of these historical documents on earth.

Sure, you can buy them one by one, from a smattering of sellers on e-bay with hopes of a no doubt incomplete collection, but the fact that historical girl-culture was never a priority for anyone to archive offends me. I’d like to see the same thing go down with Golden Age DC and Marvel comic books or MAD magazine. There would be a riot in the streets.

Numbers show that the majority of white middle class girls were teenyboppers at one point or another, and the kind of literature they read, the fan mail their wrote, their clubs etc. etc. are important evidence to a historian’s quest in uncovering the shared experiences of an era. So THIS is why there are no women in the history books eh?

I left a message with the PR director of Hearst magazine, and have contacted several libraries and collections. You can rest in knowing Pop Feminist is on the case. I won’t let this be crowded in among the already too-many forgotten artifacts of womens’ legacies.

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