Happy 20th Anniversary to Now and Then and Your Devon Sawa Wet Dreams

I was nine when Now and Then was released, and because it was PG-13, my parents were disinclined to let me see it in theaters. But I battled fiercely for my cause. The previews alone engendered in me a sense of urgency—a conviction that I would be ill-prepared for puberty if I did not see the film immediately upon… »10/20/15 5:16pm10/20/15 5:16pm


Shame, Embarrassment, Hiding: Your Stories of Dudes Checking You Out 

Last week we asked you if you remembered getting checked out the first time by dudes, and you told us. Though women are certainly not a monolithic group, it’s startling how universal some of our experiences are. To find out, just ask some ladies what it’s like to live in a female-identified body, sit back, and bum the… »4/28/15 4:30pm4/28/15 4:30pm

Tell Us About the First Time You Realized Dudes Were Checking You Out

There are many notable firsts in a young woman’s life, but a frontrunner on the formative short list may be the moment you realize you are desired by the opposite sex—with a look, a catcall, a gesture, or worse. We’re curious about this moment. We want to know whether it was pleasant or terrible for you, and at what… »4/22/15 12:30pm4/22/15 12:30pm

Embrace Your Blackheads. They Just Want to Be With You.

I remember when I first learned about blackheads. I was a not-quite-teenager and I had come to terms with the fact that zits were looming in my future—weathering the years of ruined photos and traumarama school dances (lol/cry @ the idea that I'd ever get asked to a dance) seemed like a rousing, communal rite of… »9/18/13 11:10am9/18/13 11:10am

Earlier Puberty Sadly Means Earlier Acne for Unlucky Grade-Schoolers

It’ll come as no shock you to learn that boys and girls in these modern-day United States, fed on country-fried steroidal chicken breasts and good ol’ American colas, have begun to hit puberty at earlier ages than they ever have before. This might actually be a good thing in some respects, since early adolescence may… »8/18/13 4:00pm8/18/13 4:00pm

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

Girls Are Getting Their Periods Earlier and Earlier, and No One Knows Why

Good grief — we thought we had it bad with all of that uphill-bothways walking and Are You There God? It's Me Margaret-ing, but today's girls definitely have it rougher. In addition to online bullying and One Direction, girls are now dealing with entering puberty at earlier and earlier ages, with some even showings… »4/02/12 12:00pm4/02/12 12:00pm

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