BY Amy Carlberg
on Apr 30, 2014
"We pinned our hopes on the government, but all that hope is turning to frustration. The town is under a veil of sorrow," laments Danuma Mpur, chair of the PTA in Chibok, Northeast Borno, where on April 14 over 200 girls were abducted at gunpoint. The kidnappers are believed to be Islamist militant group Boko Haram. They target female students because they hold jihadist beliefs that women should not be educated. The girls were all aged between 16 and 18, and their parents and guardians are growing increasingly distressed with each day the girls are still missing. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Nov 11, 2013
Ahh, the age-old "I'm SO bad at math!" line. For many people, this declaration is almost like a reflex when anything to do with numbers comes up in conversation. Calculating a tip at a restaurant? "Don't look at me! I'm so bad at math!" Grocery shopping? "So, so bad at math!" Talking about nothing math related? You get the idea.
A recent piece by Kim Z. Dale in Chicago Now's "Listing Toward Forty" said what we all need to be thinking: Every time we say "I'm bad at math," what we usually mean is "I didn't like math, so I quit trying to learn it. Read More
In attempts to keep hormones and teenage desire at bay, schools across China are enforcing unheard of and questionable rules. In some, kids of opposite sexes are prohibited from walking together; in others, boys and girls must stand fifty centimeters from one another.
This latest rule almost sounds made-up. Zhongshan Technical Secondary School, a high school in the Chinese province Guangdong, thinks colored undergarments are too suggestive. Read More
When I was in high school I didn’t have a homecoming dance, but I saw a lot on TV and I would get quite invested. From what I could tell, the ritual of crowning a homecoming queen could either be a way of celebrating teen girls or a cruel means to tear them down. I don’t know if it’s at all like this in real life, but homecoming queens seemed all powerful when I saw them in the media. For my favorite fictional characters, being crowned meant being validated socially; it meant being recognized as a young woman. Read More
This sounds like something from an episode of The Twilight Zone to me, but ABC News recently reported that schools all over the country (in nineteen states!) have added an annual weigh-in to their programs. Children will be weighed at school, and their BMIs will be measured. They will then be asked to take a letter home to their parents with the results.
This new trend is meant to help prevent childhood obesity, but obviously a simple number cannot determine a child’s (or anyone’s!) health. Although Dr. Read More
Let’s face it: middle school dances are terrifying. In my youth, I spent my first dance alone in the corner of the cafeteria wearing my mom’s lipstick and a clip-in french twist hairpiece, hoping that the cool girls dancing in their cool circle would come talk to me. They didn’t, and a part of me has always regretted not getting up and dancing with them (I was and still am a horrible dancer, but who cares?). Read More
Tiana Parker, a young girl of seven, was cute as a button when she marched off to school this morning in Tulsa. She looked spick-and-span in her uniform, and her hair was aligned in perfect dreadlocks with a big pink bow on top. Tiana's father Terrance is a barber who, in his own words, "[takes] pride in [his] kids looking nice."
But Tiana left school this morning in tears. Why? Because the school felt she didn't look "presentable." According to the school's dress code, “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Aug 30, 2013
“I always hated math in school! I was just so bad at it...” is a go-to line for countless women I know. It’s not a stereotype, it’s a fact that women everywhere hold this belief. Women and girls who express appreciation for mathematics are, unfortunately, an incredible minority. As it turns out, this minority doesn’t exist because of some innate hardwiring of womens' brains to be bad with numbers (whaddaya mean we're not biologically inferior?!) but because from a very young age, girls are taught not to like math. Read More
BY Lindsay Harris
on Aug 13, 2013
Thinking of taking a class in art? Spanish? Astrophysics?
Not when there's a space available at the School for Undressing!
Unfortunately, the school closed quite some time ago. It opened in 1937, charging 30 hard-earned dollars (worth a whopping $497 today!) for six lessons to learn how to "undress" for your husband. Read More
BY Emma Orlow
on Oct 03, 2012
For thousands of years, embroidered patches have been a means of identification. Dating back to the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean, Mideast, China, and India, elaborate hand-stitched fabric swatches were tools used for the military. Other times, such embellishments were a sign of beauty for other important personnel, stitched onto the robes of royalty or religious figures. Even today, patches are seen on a wide range of people: from the military to sanitation workers and even, of course, on Boy and Girl Scouts. Read More