Atoosa Rubenstein: 'Seventeen' Sells Hate

Hello, and welcome to the stream—make that majestic gushing river— of former Seventeen editor Atoosa Rubenstein's consciousness. Today, you might want to wear your life preserver! "What a week, huh? And the media has been making it worse! All the airings of the killer's video were just pouring salt into the wound of our nation. I can't imagine how the families of the victims felt. My heart is with them forever. But my beef with the media extends beyond their coverage of the tragedy. What did you think about the Alec Baldwin voicemail message that's been going around the internet?" Whoa, hold onto your oars! We're about to make a hairpin turn towards some even choppier waters.

" I will never forget this one time when I pulled my group of friends together in the hall and I was like, "Ummm...have you seen Wendy's HAIR?? She looks like an ugly skunk!" And well...you guessed it. Wendy was in the group of girls - I just didn't notice until it was too late. Uh, yeah - negative AND stupid." Stay with her here! Cling to the sides of the kayak! "I realized that when I was at Seventeen, I sold hate in a different way. I sold self-hate. You know the coverlines I mean, too: "Get perfect legs" that sort of thing. Plenty of magazines continue to do it because as you all said last week: Hate Sells."

WHOA! TOOS OVERBOARD! SOUND THE ALARM! Oh, wait. Okay, things seem to be calming down. Paddle for the shore! "PS On a MUCH lighter note: The other day, I went to the Gap for the first time in YEARS and I actually got the cutest stuff! Have you seen the new designer collection that hit their stores this week? I wore one of my new shirts to a party for the New York Observer on Thursday night (pictured) and no one believed it was from The Gap. Score!" Ah, safe again in the shallows. Don't scare us like that again, 'Toos!

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