Jamie Keiles

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Jamie Keiles (born 1992) is an American blogger and feminist writer. She is most notable for her "Seventeen Magazine Project", a 2010 blog chronicling her attempt to follow the advice of Seventeen Magazine,[1] active from May 21[2] to August 14.[3]

Early life[edit]

Jamie Keiles grew up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where she attended Central Bucks High School West. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2014 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies in the humanities.[4]


In April 2010, at age 18, Keiles launched "The Seventeen Magazine Project",[5] a blog documenting her attempt to follow the advice of Seventeen Magazine for 30 days.[6] The project criticized Seventeen for promoting a limited conception of adolescent femininity; the project quickly drew coverage from feminist blogs[7] as well as national outlets, including NPR's All Things Considered and CBC's Q, among others.[8]

Upon completion of "The Seventeen Magazine Project," Keiles initiated "Hey Mainstream Media",[9] a photo submission project encouraging internet users to air their grievances with mainstream media through the use of handwritten signs.[10]

In July 2010, Keiles launched "Teenagerie".[11] Though the site was initially founded as a means of challenging societal conceptions of adolescence, it has since expanded to cover a wide range of feminist issues.[12] In August 2010, Keiles was the subject of much criticism from the conservative blogging community for a critique she wrote on the public image of Taylor Swift.[citation needed][13]

In September 2010, Keiles was listed as #7 on Woman's Day magazine's list of the eight most influential bloggers under 21, behind Bryanboy and Tavi Gevinson.[14] That same month, she signed with Folio Literary Management, where she is currently developing her first book, a guide to media and culture for older teens. The book is expected to be released by the end of 2012.[citation needed][15]

As an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, Jamie worked for the alternative newspaper the Chicago Weekly.[16]


  1. ^ Norris, Michele (12 June 2010). "Living By 'Seventeen' Magazine's Rules". NPR. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "I'm buying this for research..." May 21, 2010
  3. ^ Katy Perry's Teenage Dream: Not Mine August 14, 2010
  4. ^ Gomeshi, Jian. "Living Seventeen Magazine". Q. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 4 April 2011.  written July 2, 2010
  5. ^ Haggerty, Meredith (December 3, 2014). "Somebody Think of the (Internet Famous) Children". WNYC. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Living By Seventeen Magazine". Fox. Retrieved 4 April 2011.  (page is down but captures exist although they are redirected) written June 24, 2010 and updated June 25
  7. ^ North, Anna. "Seventeen Project Teen Finds Hope Online". Jezebel.com. Retrieved 4 April 2011.  written June 25, 2010
  8. ^ Keller, Jessalynn (2015). Girls’ Feminist Blogging in a Postfeminist Age. Routledge. ISBN 9781317627753. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  9. ^ Hey Mainstream Media group on Flickr
  10. ^ Bradshaw, Paul. "Hey mainstream media, we are...". Online Journalism Blog.  June 25, 2010
  11. ^ Teenagerie.com
  12. ^ Angyal, Chloe. "The Feministing Five: Jamie Keiles". Feministing.com. Retrieved 4 April 2011.  written March 5, 2011
  13. ^ "Feminazis Go Too Far". A Soldier's Perspective. Archived from the original on August 10, 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  14. ^ Greene, Amanda. "8 Influential Bloggers Under 21". Woman's Day. Archived from the original on 27 January 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2011.  site is down August 28, 2011 archive available, originally written September 1, 2010
  15. ^ "Resume". Retrieved 4 April 2011.  page is down
  16. ^ "Chicago Weekly Article". Archived from the original on 2012-07-07.  written January 27, 2012 by Jamie Keyes.

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