Normally, girls are expected to nod along to sexist dress codes and edicts, but such is not the case with Marion Mayer, a high school junior in Florida. When her principal, a Mr. Martinez of Lakeland Senior High School, admonished “Modest is hottest. Boys will be boys,” she saw flawed lines of thinking and exposed them for the global public, engaging us in a much needed conversation via The Huffington Post about rape culture and slut-shaming. Read More
BY Kat Hamilton
on Oct 22, 2013
For those who haven’t heard, Cannes film festival favorite Blue is the Warmest Color has a graphic lesbian sex scene.
A sex scene that has been debated, cursed and praised for its real and explicit portrayal of two women being intimate. Apparently, the sex scene is ten minutes long, which is an issue for a lot of people. But what is the issue? The nudity? The lesbianism?
I am excited about the queer visibility that this movie promotes although it has been argued that the scene may cheapen that visibility. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Oct 11, 2013
Though we didn’t need scientific research to confirm that sexual violence is a major problem among young adults, the statistics are now official: A study appearing in the journal JAMA Pediatrics surveyed 1,058 young adults and the revolting results indicated that 8% of Americans between the ages of 14 and 21 have committed some form of sexual violence, defined as “kissing, touching, or making someone else do something sexual” when the perpetrator “knew the other person did not want to.” 3% verbally coerced a victim into sex, or attempted physical force. 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
BY Kat Hamilton
on Sep 09, 2013
"The Six Ways We Talk About Teenage Girls," recently published on Salon.com, sheds light on a devastating double standard that teen girls deal with every day. The article maps out six ways in which society redefines age in order to justify a legal and mental lack of consent. As a culture, we seem to have adapted the patterns of Nabokov's novel, in which the main character lusts after a 12 year old girl, completely blinding himself to her mere facade of emotional readiness and maturity. Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Jul 17, 2013
We've been closely following the work and status of admirable teenager Malala Yousafzai ever since we first heard reports of her attack back in October. The 15-year-old advocate for women's education rights was gunned down by the Taliban, shooting her in the neck and head. She amazingly survived this awful crime and has been continuing to speak her mind and raise awareness for these pressing issues ever since.
Now Davis Guggenheim, of Waiting for Superman and An Inconvenient Truth fame, has announced he's putting together a documentary about the Pakistani lady's life. Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Dec 10, 2012
It comes as no surprise that America’s laws regarding teens and sex are bonkers and a half. The subject of sexuality in people under the age of 18 is still considered taboo by many Americans, and is simply unfathomable to others. The lack of effective legislation where minors and sex are concerned becomes glaringly obvious in the case of sexual assault, a lesson that those on the receiving end of this violence learn the hard way. Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Oct 17, 2012
The First Time, written and directed by Jonathan Kasdan (In the Land of Women, Californication), stars Dylan O’Brien (MTV’s Teen Wolf), Britt Robertson, and Victoria Justice (Nickelodeon’s Victorious). The Sundance Film Festival hit is meant to be a more realistic take on a teenage love story, and it does a good job of capturing the awkwardness and stress that a lot of us often experienced as teenagers. Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Oct 12, 2012
“I’ve decided to tell you about my never ending story,” reads a card in Canadian teen Amanda Todd’s hand in a soundless black and white YouTube video.
I remember watching this video years ago, feeling a chill come over me as I read the words written by Amanda in black marker on the cards she holds up to the camera. Half her face is out of the shot, but as the story progresses, you can still see the overwhelming sadness she felt while retelling her tragic story. Read More