BY Olivia Harrison
on Aug 21, 2015
Just in time for back to school, we have some disturbing news from the Arizona public school system. Earlier this week, one Arizona mom, Suzanne Young, posted a picture to Twitter of a sticker her son was required to place on the inside of his science textbook.
The sticker stated: “The Gilbert Public School District supports the state of Arizona’s strong interest in promoting childbirth and adoption over elective abortion. Read More
BY Alexa Salvato
on Jul 21, 2015
Although there are literally thousands of movies, almost every time my high school friends and I decide to watch something at a sleepover, we’ve picked from the same few films. Find yourself doing the same? Why not try something new.
These are my new sleepover favorites—with an effort to exclude the cliché ones (see: Mean Girls and Clueless) that you and your pals are already watching anyway.
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BY Alexa Salvato
on Jun 02, 2015
When I proclaimed myself a feminist in middle school, I tried my best to seek out feminist peers—they had to be somewhere, right?! Alas, at the age of 12 in my tiny town, there were no feminists to be found.
Yet by high school, the term “feminism” was popping up beyond the little sidebar about women’s lib in my textbooks. Feminism was all over Tumblr and Twitter and even the social media of the mainstream: Facebook. Students and teachers alike made feminism part of the conversation. Read More
When I was in high school, I remember only seeing girls ridiculed for their tank tops or shorts. But the boys were able to walk by the deans revealing their boxers while sagging their pants or wearing tank tops, and with ease! So I can understand the frustration of the students at Tottenville High School in Staten Island.
With a new school year, a new dress code was enforced. This dress code bans tank tops, short-shorts, miniskirts, leggings, skinny jeans, headbands, halter-tops, sweats, hats, hoodies, sunglasses, and more. Read More
BY Mariana Garces
on Sep 10, 2014
If you're going to pick one, The Prettiots are just the band you would want to write a brutally honest ode to all the dummies you dated in high school. Made up of spunky front woman Kay Kasparhauser, Rachel Trachtenburg (of Supercute!) and Lulu Prat (Tangiers), the New York based band is a bit of uke-pop, indie, and pop rock rolled into one cute package, with some serious attitude.
The video for "Boys (I dated in high school)", directed by noted photographer Richard Kern, is nostalgic while it also pokes fun at all of Kasparhauser's jerk ex boyfriends. Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jul 01, 2014
Maya Peterson of Lawrenceville School was forced to step down as the first female black and Latina student president after some pictures of her mocking ‘typical white classmates’ emerged online.
Lawrenceville is the most expensive prep school in the United States. It is located in New Jersey and one year's tuition costs about $35,000. It has some pretty successful alumni, too, including CEOs Michael Eisner and Lewis Bernard, many senators and the founder of Forbes. Read More
on Jun 21, 2014
In an age where feminism is often misunderstood and demonized as a movement for female “man haters,” this progressive high school teacher finally decided to take matters into her own hands and reeducate her students about the true meaning of the word. The students responded so positively to the course that 7 of the boys in her class decided to make a video (shown below), in which they proudly declare themselves feminists. Read More
BY Emily Robinson
on May 30, 2014
For the girls of Wasatch High School, dress code shaming doesn’t end with complaints about “too tight” leggings and “distracting” short skirts. Their 2013-2014 yearbook will be a constant reminder that their personal choice of clothes that day were too revealing for their high school administration to handle.
The girls’ yearbooks photos were edited to cover more skin, without warning or consent from any of the students. Read More
on May 19, 2014
Our media culture is so totally awash with scripted depictions of the high school experience, that it's a little uncomfortable how obsessed we are with such an awkward and confusing time in our lives. The list is truly extensive: 90210, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Friday Night Lights, Saved By The Bell, The OC, Awkward, Freaks and Geeks, Glee, Mean Girls, Clueless, The Breakfast Club, Never Been Kissed, to name a few (I'm sure you have some in mind to add). This fascination with high school culture is a little unnerving. Read More
BY Mary Rockcastle
on May 15, 2014
I’ve got beef, and it’s with school dress codes. Mostly with the notion that the amount of shoulder a girl is showing is going to be so distracting to boys that they won’t be able to focus on learning. Hello -- if you, high school boys, get so hot and bothered looking at a girl’s shoulder that you can’t focus on trigonometry, then we all have far bigger problems than inherited standards of "risqué dress. Read More