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What High School Dress Codes Teach Our Daughters

“Stand up straight,” I tell my daughter, for the tenth time in an hour. I notice when she rolls her eyes. By the time she’s staring straight ahead again, I have seen myself reflected entirely in her behavior at her exact age of 14. I’ve heard the echoes of my mother instructing me to stop slouching, to stand up… » 6/16/15 1:50pm 6/16/15 1:50pm

How it Feels When the Media Declares Your Teen Daughter a Whiny 'SLUT'

Last summer, then-17-year-old New Yorker Winnifred Bonjean-Alpert was arrested and detained for 18 hours for telling her friends—other teens at a party— that they didn’t have to show police officers their IDs. Now, her mother, a civil rights attorney, is attempting to sue the city over the alleged police misconduct.… » 6/12/15 5:30pm 6/12/15 5:30pm

Texas Doing Its Best to Force Pregnant Teens to Give Birth

The Texas State Senate passed a bill Monday night that will make it near-impossible for teenagers to obtain legal abortions without parental consent. The bill dismantled the judicial bypass process, which once gave Texas teens a viable option to get an abortion when their parent or legal guardian either refused to… » 5/26/15 3:20pm 5/26/15 3:20pm

Tracking the Life of Young Sally Draper, TV's Best Teenager

Sally Draper is almost nine years old in season three of Mad Men. During the episode "The Fog," after a bloody school fight in which Sally (Kiernan Shipka) pushed a classmate's face into a drinking fountain, parents Don and Betty are called into her class to discuss her increasingly bad behavior. The cause is… » 3/30/15 2:10pm 3/30/15 2:10pm

Thrilling True-Life Tales of Teenage Petty Theft

In 2009, a 25-liter tank of bull semen, embryos, and liquid nitrogen went missing from a farm in Canada. In 2011, another tank of bull semen (worth $110,000!) was stolen, this time from an Ohio outfit called Genetic Connections. In 2013, 200 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle were stolen from their distillery in Frankfort,… » 12/12/14 9:00am 12/12/14 9:00am

Is the Teenage Summer Job a Thing of the Past?

Fewer and fewer teens are slogging away at summer jobs these days, according to data compiled by the Brookings Institution. That means fewer teens smoking covert cigarettes on loading docks; fewer teens losing their virginities behind terrestrial neon pirate ships; fewer teens weeping over McFlurries in their Honda… » 7/16/14 12:30pm 7/16/14 12:30pm

Popular Teens Are Victims of Bullying, Too

It seems like a stupid April Fool's headline, but a recent study has actually found that teens who are in with the in-crowd are "unnoticed victims of school-based aggression." As they work their way up high school's social ladder and increase their status, kids' chances of being bullied increases by more than 25… » 4/01/14 11:40am 4/01/14 11:40am