An article in the first issue focuses on Bruno Mars.And while Teen Vogue recently published a guide to gifts you can buy a friend after an abortion, Brio has featured reader testimonials on how to avoid the temptations of premarital sex (“I began struggling to keep my thoughts godly when Satan tried to draw me out of my purity,” wrote Leah, age 16, in 2009.)The magazine’s promotional materials are directed more at adults shopping for young people than at teenagers themselves.
Still, the subjects that this show raises are worth talking about.
Its goal is to address the topics found in mainstream teen magazines from “a biblical worldview,” Mr. Focus on the Family has long been known for its opposition to abortion, sex outside of marriage and rights for transgender and gay people, who it has said can “leave” homosexuality or change their gender identity by embracing Jesus Christ. “Focus on the Family would say and Brio would reflect: ‘Hey, sex was God’s idea so why not follow the game plan that he laid out in the Bible?
But within the evangelical community, its name is synonymous for many with parenting tips like those found in “Dare to Discipline,” the 1970 book by its founder, James Dobson.“What would the Bible have to say about bullying or peace-making or peer pressure or sexual purity? ’ And you’re not going to get that in the pages of ‘Seventeen,’ let’s be clear.”Indeed, a quick flip through back issues of Brio quickly reveals how different it is from other teen magazines, with covers featuring stars like Selena Gomez and breathless updates on Kylie Jenner’s dating life.
To many adolescents, "13 Reasons" can feel both real and relevant -- a window into the stress and strife of high/middle school.
But many mental health professionals are especially concerned that the show's graphic depictions of sexual assault, self-harm and suicide may do more harm than good. To date, multiple people have committed suicide after reportedly being influenced by the show, and sadly, more are likely to follow suit.
For instance, two California teens killed themselves just weeks after the episodes were released, and their grieving families blame "13 Reasons" for their deaths.