Summer camp is the quintessential summer experience for many, but at this Manhattan-based camp, there isn’t a campfire or s’more in sight. This is Feminist Camp.
Created by Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner, the co-authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future, Feminist Camp aims to teach girls what being a feminist really means. Young women can expect to “hone their leadership skills, meet inspiring activists, and tackle the real issues that impact their lives.” Sounds rad! Keep reading »
Moms these days.
In Paris, a 52 year-old mother-of-the-year named Caroline D. tried to help her 19 year-old daughter on the English portion of her high school baccalaureate exam by actually taking it for her. The whole thing.
Now that’s a cool mom. Keep reading »
It’s prank season and a student at Highland Park High School in the suburbs of Chicago pulled off a doozy. Last month, a kid allegedly poured hot sauce into the marinara sauce in the school’s cafeteria. Sounds standard enough, but this particularly brilliant specimen happened to use hot sauce so hot that it sent three staff members to the hospital after inhaling the potent fumes. According to the school’s representative, students and staff that had eaten the marinara or inhaled the fumes from the sauce reported symptoms including “coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and skin rashes.” Keep reading »
Did you win any senior superlatives in high school? I did, but not anything cool. I was dubbed “Most Unique Hair,” mostly owing to the fact that I was the only girl in my grade that had a short pixie haircut at the time. Even back then, I knew that “most unique hair” was one of those weird backhanded compliment kind of categories, but whatever. Look at my hair now.
Anyway, students at Carmel High School in Carmel, New York, chose their senior superlatives for the class of 2013, and for the first time in the history of the school — and maybe ever? — a same sex couple was chosen for the honor of cutest couple. Dylan Meehan and Brad Taylor — both of whom have great hair, by the way — were floored when a yearbook photo of them went way viral on the the Interwebs after their friend Chelsea Blaney posted it to her Tumblr.
“Two of my best friends won Cutest Couple of our senior class,” Blaney wrote. “First time in my school history a same sex couple has even been able to run for this category, not to mention winning it. So proud of them, and my school.” The picture, and Chelsea’s sentiment, has so far been shared more than 100,000 times on the blog platform site. Keep reading »
This is a photo of RuPaul and his date at a high school prom in 1983. We’re gonna guess that it was his date’s prom, not his, as he was born in 1960 (which would make him, you know, 23 here). Even back then, Ru had impeccable taste — we’re loving the boots. And his date’s crocheted frock is really cute, too. Do you think they’re still friends? I hope so! [Flavorwire]
By all accounts, 16-year-old Kiera Wilmot was a model student at Bartow High School in Florida. She got good grades and had never been in trouble. On a recent morning before school, Wilmot mixed a couple household chemicals together in an 8-ounce water bottle that caused, according to witnesses, a small popping sound and a puff of smoke. No one was hurt and no property was damaged. Wilmot immediately explained to school staff that she was conducting a science experiment out of curiosity. Her principal, Ron Pritchard, believes her: “She made a bad choice. Honestly, I don’t think she meant to ever hurt anyone. She wanted to see what would happen [when the chemicals mixed] and was shocked by what it did.”
This story could have ended there, but since Wilmot’s experiment caused an explosion, she was taken into custody by the school police officer, charged with possession/discharge of a weapon on school grounds (a felony), and will be tried as an adult. She was also expelled from school. Say what?! Keep reading »
In yet another case of a school valuing athletic prowess over student safety and justice, a Michigan high school has just been sued by the National Women’s Law Center for failing to respond to a sexual attack on school grounds–because the perpetrator happened to be a star player on the basketball team.
The chilling story goes like this: in 2010, a female student (Jane Doe) was sexually assaulted in Forest Hills Central High School’s soundproof band room by a well-known member of the boy’s basketball team. Jane reported the attack to a teacher, who alerted the school principal. The principal held a meeting with Jane and her parents, not to offer the school’s help in bringing Jane’s attacker to justice, but to discourage them from pressing charges. Why? To protect the young man’s chances of getting recruited to a top college team, of course! (Because if Steubenville taught us anything, it’s that there’s nothing more important than protecting the promising futures of young rapists.) Keep reading »