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 90 percent more effective than saying “No babies no babies no babies!” three times fast. Advance prescriptions, the AAP, explained, would help prevent teen pregnancies and put MTV’s “16 & Pregnant” franchise out of business. Keep reading »
Allie is 17 and from Stuttgart, Arkansas. She’s a regular teenager in many ways — worried about what other kids in school think of her and excited about college. But she’s also transgender, and that’s made her life more difficult and challenging than most of us could imagine. “I realized I was meant to be a girl when I was a three years old,” she explains, but had to keep her identity hidden to avoid bullying and abuse. Allie is one of two transgender teens profiled in a new film project called “Friend Film.” The project still needs funding, and if you’re inclined you can support it through Indie-Go-Go. Even if you can’t donate, remember that today is Spirit Day, a day to take a stand against bullying. Check out their website for ways you can help. [Friend Film]
Guys, there are so many teens. So many teens that attended this year’s Teen Choice Awards. I’m not really sure what the point of the Teen Choice Awards is, other than to confer praise and accolades from the teen public onto teens they really like and admire. Either way, the teens in attendance at the Teen Choice Awards made a vast array of sartorial teen choices — some good, and some woefully bad. Let’s take a look at them after the jump, shall we?
How’s this for crazy — 24-year-old Carissa Hads of Massachusetts was arrested after posing as a 17-year-old boy in order to gain the affections of a 15-year-old girl who had no idea she was actually a girl. Dye allegedly used a “an artificial flesh-colored penis” to simulate real male genitals, and wore a back brace in order to conceal her breasts.
And she apparently treated the teen girl like her actual girlfriend, purchasing several cell phones for her, along with a Kindle Fire tablet. The girl used the cell phones to take and send nude pictures of herself to Hads, who was posing as a teenage father named “Wilson.”
Hads is being charged with traveling across state lines for the purpose of coercing of enticing a minor to have sexual intercourse.
Strangely, though, Hads is hardly the only person that’s impersonated a teenager. Whether in order to woo teenage lovers or to escape the realities of becoming an adult, there are several cases of both men and women who posed as high school students. I literally have nightmares about going back to high school (it’s my standard anxiety dream that I’m back in high school and totally unprepared for a test and can’t remember where my classroom is), so these stories are totally fascinating to me. After the jump, eight stories of adults pretending to be teens.
North Carolina mom Patty Skudlarek says she would prefer her 18-year-old son have sex in her home. Why? Because she thinks its “safer” there. “With the kids having sex at home, it’s a safer environment, because, you know, it’s clean. And usually the place they keep the condoms are in their bedroom. So then they’re close by. And it’s just an environment they’re familiar with, as opposed to a motel, a car or a park, or wherever they’re doing it, these days.” Um, safer in what way? Safer in the way that there’s less risk of her son contracting bed bugs at two-star motel? Or safer in the sense that he’s more likely to use a condom if he’s doing it in his own bedroom? I’m sorry, but this is the kind of ignorant logic that encourages unsafe sex. It doesn’t matter where a teenager has sex, it matters how educated they are about it. Not once in this segment does Patty mention the more serious consequences of her son being sexually active — risk of pregnancy or contraction of STIs. Keep reading »
Sometimes, after you’ve experienced a traumatic event, your brain does all it can to protect you from trauma. In the case of physical pain, your body can go into a type of physical shock — like when car crash victims report that they were able to escape a burning car despite a major open leg wound because their bodies went into protective mode and blocked them from the pain of the wound. And in the case of emotional pain, victims often report burying psychologically traumatic episodes deep within their psyches as a way of moving on with their lives. And I suppose it was something akin to this that made me totally forget about the time I stole a girl’s boyfriend until right about now. Keep reading »