'New Adult' Fiction Has Tons of Sexy Sex for the Millennial Reader Trapped in Adolescence

You're, let's say, a young adult floating in that hazy 18-25-year-old range where you may or may not be resisting grown-up responsibilities by playing Arkanoid and drinking Pepsi Max in your parents' basement. Maybe you recently embarked on a month-long project to re-read all the Harry Potter books and thereby… »12/22/12 3:00pm12/22/12 3:00pm

Boys in the U.S. May Be Hitting Puberty Earlier and It’s Probably Not a Good Thing

A head-scratching new study published Saturday in the Journal of Pediatrics suggests that young men in the United States are budding earlier, much like their female counterparts, which has largely frustrated researchers who always supposed that estrogen-like chemicals in the environment were hastening puberty in… »10/21/12 3:30pm10/21/12 3:30pm

Teens Make Up Different Stories About Themselves According to Gender

Teenagers come in two varieties: they are either tellers of colorful tall-tales about having, pssst, sex or doing other awesome things that will make people like them, or disarmingly honest truth-tellers who can't abide bullshit and therefore make all the college-age cousins super-uncomfortable at family get… »9/06/12 10:00am9/06/12 10:00am

Bullied Girl Receives Free Plastic Surgery to Pin Her Ears, Is Heartbreakingly Thrilled

Relentless bullying can make even the most strong-willed of kids want to curl up under a down blanket and spend the rest of day thinking about how cool it would be to live in a submarine because fish, at least, seem like pretty reasonable and accepting creatures. Some people (ahem, comedians) develop witty coping… »7/30/12 10:50am7/30/12 10:50am

Bullied Girls Are Growing Up to Have Serious Health Problems as Adults

We've long known about all of the shitty effects that being bullied has on a teenager's life in the moment—misery, isolation, and often even an increased risk of suicide. But new research is showing that being tormented or ostracized as a teenager can have effects on a person's health that stretch into middle age and… »6/28/12 11:00am6/28/12 11:00am

Now Girls And Boys Are Starting Puberty Earlier

Studies have shown that girls are reaching puberty younger and younger, to the point that Kotex now has a line of maxi pads intended for 8-year-olds. There hasn't been as much discussion of when boys start puberty, perhaps because it doesn't require an awkward trip to buy new undergarments, and is thus less noticeable… »8/18/11 11:23pm8/18/11 11:23pm

“It's Fun To Be Seventeen", Unless, Of Course, You're Seventeen

It's been a while since I've read Seventeen, but I assumed not much would have changed. Through the ages, teen girls have always needed the magazine to rehash the same stories about which jeans look best on "curvy" figures and assuage their fears about vaginal odor. But this wise "older sister" has turned abusive of… »7/11/08 1:00pm7/11/08 1:00pm

Why You Should Lie To Your Kids About Everything You Did In High School

When I was sixteen, my mom confessed to me she'd had PREMARITAL SEX. Why I had not assumed she'd had premarital sex when I knew both that she had dated my dad for seven years before they got married and that they still, judging from the Price Club value pack of Trojans underneath the hairdryer in her bathroom, were »5/05/08 2:20pm5/05/08 2:20pm

Do Teen Magazines Teach Girls To Hate Their Bodies?

UK papers Telegraph and Guardian both published findings from a report by Women In Journalism — namely, that websites of magazines for teenage girls are urging the girls to upload photographs of themselves and post ratings of their bodies, much as the "lad mag" sites do. While the teen sites don't exactly approach … »9/19/07 11:00am9/19/07 11:00am