Posts tagged "teenagers"

This Mandatory (And Sexist) Sex Ed Workshop Is Why Society Is Moving Backwards

As a modern woman who values her reproductive rights and the education of sexual health, I'm ALL ABOUT today's young folks taking sex ed classes— but not when they're sexist, bigoted and alllll sorts of wrong. A secondary school in Singapore, Hwa Chong Institution, held a mandatory sex education session recently sponsored by Focus o…
By: Katie Oldenburg / October 15, 2014

Alabama Teen Receives Death Threats For Posting Smiley Selfie At Auschwitz

Selfies strike again. Breanna Mitchell, 18, of Roanake, Alabama, graduated from high school this year. In June, she celebrated this milestone by traveling to Europe with her grandmother and visiting Poland. Like many teens, Breanna documented her trip on social media. Sounds like a great story so far, right? The ugh moment is that Breanna…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 25, 2014

The Great Diary Project Is Preserving Hundreds Of Years’ Worth Of Angsty Teenagers’ Thoughts

Did you keep a diary as a teenager? Does the thought of reading it now make you want to cringe with embarrassment or would you jump at the change to gain some perspective on the course of your life so far? Dr. Irving Finkel of London, a self-proclaimed diary rescuer, has it made it hi…
By: Claire Hannum / June 19, 2014

It’s Time To Cry: Teen Takes His Great-Grandma To Prom

I want to think 19-year-old Austin Dennison, a church-going Eagle Scout who plays football, baseball, and basketball and performs in the school band, is a little goody-two-shoes. But I just can't, because Austin is adorable. He called up his great-grandma "DD" — Delores Dennison — and asked her to be his prom date. Delores i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2014

Study: Teen Girls Fantasize About Sex As Much As Teen Boys

According to a small study of 800 Swedish teens, boys and girls fantasize about sex the same amount! The Journal Of Developmental And Behavioral Pediatrics study also found that teen boys were more likely to have watched porn (not too surprising) but that teen girls who watched porn were most likely to have had sex.
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 9, 2014

An Open Letter To The Young Women Gossiping On The Subway

Dear Young Women On My Subway Car Yesterday, I remember high school, a small world in which everyone feels like a character in an epic drama.  A place where peers pass judgement and share hearsay as entertainment. Where few consider the appropriateness or repercussions of their conversations. Yesterday, the two of you stood in a…
By: Sophie Leon / April 9, 2014

Study: Being Popular Doesn’t Make Teens More Immune To Bullying

Sorry, teenagers, but new study of high schoolers has found that becoming more popular can actually increase the risk of being bullied. Researchers from Pennsylvanita State University and The University of California, Davis teamed up and interviewed 4,200 North Carolina high school students about their social lives. The team used the interviews to create something of…
By: Claire Hannum / April 2, 2014

Can Teenagers Predict The Future Of Technology?

Much to the eye-rolling chagrin of teens, it seems that most people have a tendency to overlook their youthful opinions. After all, they spend their days doodling on notebooks in study hall, don't they? What could they possibly know about the "real world" or how to shape it? As it turns out, a whole lot.
By: Claire Hannum / December 7, 2013

Single? #LookADouche Is Here To Tell You To “Shut Up” To Be Dateable

Yesterday at a Richardson High School assembly in Texas, students got some ... interesting ... relationship advice.  Motivational speaker Justin Lookadoo — now appropriately deemed #LookADouche by the students — shared questionable "tips" such as telling students that "dateable girls know how to shut up." I'm sure that went over wonderfully with fragile 14-year-olds' self-esteem.
By: Claire Hannum / November 14, 2013

Vermont High School Cancels The Rest Of This Year’s School Dances Because Kids Were Grinding

Stowe High School in Stowe, Vermont, canceled its remaining three school dances this year to punish students for grinding at past dances. The three dances that got the kibosh included a Halloween dance, which was cancelled just days before it was supposed to happen. Prom, fortunately, has not been cancelled. However, Principal Jeff Maher told…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 12, 2013

Teen Girl Commits Suicide After Her Parents Wouldn’t Let Her Log Onto Facebook

Teenagers are known for having ... shall we say, dramatic ... reactions to things they don't like. But this story is beyond tragic: a 17-year-old girl in India committed suicide after her parents would not let her log onto Facebook. The college sophomore's parents chided her for spending too much time online and talking o…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 29, 2013

Annapolis High School Bans Twerking, Grinding, & Everything Else Fun That Happens At School Dances

Gone are the days when a nun rushes between you and your date at a school dance, reminding you to leave six inches for the baby Jesus. Now schools are just straight-up banning "provocative dance movements" like grinding and twerking ... meaning a lot of teens don't have any sweet moves anymore. …
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 24, 2013

Chinese High School Bans Colorful Underwear Because Boobs

A Chinese high school has banned girls from wearing "anything but flesh-colored bras and underwear" because colorful delicates are showing through the school's uniform. Solid-colored bras will evoke one punishment and for patterned bras the punishment will be even higher. Boys, it seems, are still allowed to wear boxer briefs from every color of the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 22, 2013

Some Good News For A Change: Teen Birth Rate Hits Historic Low

Hooray! Not everything concerning teenagers and sexuality is terrible: The birth rate for teenagers in the United States hit a historic low in 2012, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though the overall birth rate for all American wome…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 7, 2013

Adolescent Boys Think Sexual Aggression Is Flirting, Apparently?

For a long time, eyebrow-arching and pearl-clutching over "hookup culture" has focused on young women: they will feel used by young men and come to believe they can only derive value in themselves from their sexuality. Such concerns have been roundly and fairly criticizing as portraying young women as victims lacking in agency, or worse,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 16, 2013

RIP Society: 3 Teens Post Rape Of A 12-Year-Old Girl On Facebook

Three Chicago teenagers are facing sexual assault charges after they allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint and posted a video of that attack on Facebook. In December, two 16-year-old boys and one 15-year-old boy brought the girl to one of their homes and allegedly took turns assaulting her, including sodomizing her. One of the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2013

Judge Strikes Down Age Limit On Morning-After Pill

Fathers, lock up your daughters: the government is going to be forcing slutty slut pills down their throats! That will be the Fox News version of events. But here in Reasonable, Common Sense-land, the story is different: a federal judge — a man! — has struck down the age limit on the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 5, 2013

Mommie Dearest: NYC Failed On Its Teen Pregnancy Campaign

New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA) has recently launched a new ad campaign aimed at teen pregnancy that has caused quite a stir — and rightfully so. The campaign employs some of the most shameful tactics I have ever seen in the name of preventing teen pregnancy. These offensive ads (pictured after…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 20, 2013

Asian Teenagers Are Wearing Trendy Fake Braces

Asia is kind of notorious for its long-standing monopoly on bizarre "trends," from bagel heads and tentacle porn to ANIMATRONIC CAT EAR HEADBANDS THAT MOVE WITH YOUR EMOTIONS. Sorry, I am a little stoked on that one (see also: cat cafes). So, as mind-bendingly strange as many of them are (so, so, so…
By: Rachel Krause / January 3, 2013

Pediatricians Urged To Discuss, Prescribe Emergency Contraception To Teens

Pediatricians should discuss emergency contraception with their teenaged patients and even write advance prescriptions, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended earlier this week. The morning-after pill should be taken 120 hours after unprotected sex, but is more effective the sooner it is taken. If taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, Plan B is almost…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 29, 2012
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