SCP-002-PT
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Item #: SCP-002-PT

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: Covert operatives of the Foundation shall inspect registers, and shops for remittance records for any signs of SCP-002-PT reissues. Seized copies should be arranged as detailed in Protocol OBJ-002-PT-0. There are currently 40 polypropylene sealed copies that should be retained in the Archives 66-002 of Storage Site-66, which should be inspected daily to verify that all 40 copies in stock have not been tampered with or removed. Tests covering SCP-002-PT, SCP-002-PT-A or SCP-002-PT-B must be approved by three personnel with Clearance Level 3 or higher.

Uncontained subjects affected by SCP-002-PT-A must undergo a psychological evaluation and moved to standard humanoid containment cells at the Humanoid Containment Site-22. Psychological follow-up and treatment should be performed in accordance with Protocol 002-PT-AB-VS, and individual cases should be reassessed on a monthly basis, which should be detailed in a report submitted for evaluation by the current Lead Researcher of SCP-002. Based on such reports, subjects with improved mental health displaying cooperative behaviour should be transferred to Site-26 (officially registered as "Retiro São Carvalho da Penha"1) for permanent community stay.

Description: SCP-002-PT are editions of the Brazilian fashion and teen lifestyle magazine titled Capricious from February 4, 2014, comprised by 80 pages in offset paper colours with 20,2cm x 26,6 cm dimensions, with a cover illustrated by the face of the actress, and Brazilian model Bruna Linzmeyer. This cover features Beauty Guide: How to Improve Your Look?, Copy the Divas, 10 back-to-school relationship tests! among others.23 Despite efforts by the Foundation, none of the listed editors, reviewers, or columnists has been identified, and it is assumed that those are pseudonyms; Ms. Linzmeyer denies any involvement with the cover photo and Editor ████ states that it has no records of such publication ever being made.

Articles published in SCP-002-PT vary in gender, and content type; with themes of fashion, beauty, daily life, platonic, romantic, and sexual relationships, directed at an adolescent and adult female audience, containing abrasive, and inappropriate comments and advice that reference negative characteristics of possible readers to incite them to commit acts of self-mutilation, and even suicide.

SCP-002-PT has no recognizable anomalous properties unless the contents of its pages are read by a sentient human being who can understand Portuguese in a formal modality; subjects who read at least 40% of the content of SCP-002-PT4 are affected by a disturbing cognitive-hazard element of direct action, which induces them to conceive themselves, as well as others, as humanoid creatures with varying levels of body transfiguration (classified as SCP-002-A and -B). This condition often induces symptoms of bodily inadequacy and personal dissatisfaction, with subjects reporting having defects such as "unkempt hair/extremely porous skin/oily skin" and "a deformed face", which makes them rapidly develop various mental disorders related to their appearances56 until now. None of the individuals affected by SCP-002-PT-A have been observed physically exhibiting the reported characteristics.

SCP-002-PT also appears to have amnestic or memory-affecting properties; after exposure to SCP-002-PT-A, subjects report that they have always perceived of themselves as well as other individuals with such characteristics, although tests show that subjects have normal cognition and personal conceptions (for individuals of similar age) prior to their exposure to the object. Application of amnestics did not succeed in reverting subjects to their mental states before the exposure to SCP-002-PT, but behavioural therapies7 were successful in influencing those affected by SCP-002-PT-A to be perceived with the same characteristics present in SCP-002-PT-B, which significantly reduces mental disorders previously presented. Studies about effective treatments for complete cancellation of cognitive disorders have not been successful but are in progress.

SCP-002-PT was discovered in May 2014 after a considerable increase in suicide rate and diagnoses of psychosis and schizophrenia in adolescents from densely populated metropolitan areas, mainly ████ █████████-██ and █████ ██ ██████-██. When subjects admitted to hospitals and psychiatric wards (without previous history of diagnosed symptoms) were asked about the reason for such sudden behaviour, they said they were afflicted by a strong feeling of inadequacy, related to the presence of specific transfigurations in their bodies (now classified as SCP-002-PT-A) compared to characteristics considered normal and desirable (classified as SCP-002-PT-B). When questioned about what led to the brutal methods of self-mutilation frequently observed, some subjects mentioned reading about such in a magazine aimed at the young female audience, although they did not recall specific details. Investigations in the residence of one of the subjects8 led to the discovery of SCP-002-PT (later confirmed as the journal mentioned by the respondents and in past or present possession of other subjects affected by SCP-002-PT-A), which was suspected and subsequently confirmed to have potential cognitive risks, based on observations of its disturbing content. 40 instances of the object are stored in File 66-002 of Storage-66, intended for possible future experiments.

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