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 percent. » 4/01/14 11:40am 4/01/14 11:40am

Teens Are Having a Racist Meltdown Over Lorde's 'Ugly' Boyfriend

Holy shit, something's wrong with the teens. The teens have gone mad. After Kiwi chanteuse Lorde apparently said (to someone, somewhere—I literally can't find any sources on it besides teens on Twitter) that Justin Bieber and the members of One Direction are "ugly," wounded superfans began firing back with a barrage of… » 12/09/13 5:15pm 12/09/13 5:15pm

Why Teenage Brains Are Different From Everyone Else's

Being a teenager is as infuriating as it is amazing. Caught between childhood and adulthood, adolescents often have fully developed bodies, but their brains are still under construction. Here's what neuroscience is learning about the remarkable teenage brain, and how it affects behavior. » 12/02/13 9:30pm 12/02/13 9:30pm

The Horror of Coming of Age: Films Subverting the Teen Girl Experience

Growing up can be a bit of a bloodbath for everyone, regardless of gender. And when it comes to how the actual gory details of the process are portrayed on film, young female characters don't often get the same freedom to explore the dark side of the process that young men do, unless you happen to be watching a horror… » 10/15/13 6:45pm 10/15/13 6:45pm

Parents of Teens Grudgingly Submit To Their Awkward BF/GF 'Sleepovers'

When I was a teenager, which I like to think was not that long ago, there were no one-on-one co-ed sleepovers, although I do remember a whole lot of drama over a handy given at a New Year's Eve slumber party while everyone else was sleeping. (Not by me.) Nobody even thought to ask. (Not that I was hanging out with,… » 8/10/13 1:04pm 8/10/13 1:04pm

Selfies Degrade Teenage Girls, Says Teenage Girl

Consider how many times you've heard that "X" trend has turned "boy-girl relations into a cut-throat sexual race" over the decades; substitute "X" for "sexting," "crop tops," or "coed education," and you've got yourself a Newsweek cover story. This week, X = "pouty self portraits" — otherwise known as the selfie — and the… » 7/11/13 5:15pm 7/11/13 5:15pm

Surprise, Surprise: The HPV Vaccine Works Wonders

The pervasiveness of cancer-causing strands of the human papillomavirus (HPV) has dropped by half among teenage girls in the last decade, thanks to the vaccine that was just introduced in 2006. Additionally: kindly fuck off, Michele Bachmann. » 6/19/13 5:00pm 6/19/13 5:00pm

Booze-Free After-Prom Parties Are Still Boring, Even with Bribes

It’s prom season, and for every parent with a teenager not self-assured enough to take itself out for an Evil Dead/The Big Wedding double-feature at the local cineplex instead of attending a chaperoned night of slow-jam hugging in a school multi-purpose room, that means lots of worrying about what sort of after-prom… » 5/19/13 11:30am 5/19/13 11:30am

100 Things a Teen Age Girl Wants to Know Is a Hilarious Artifact

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Forget Full Frontal Feminism, 100 Things a Teen Age Girl Wants to Know is the book to buy all the young ladies in your life immediately. Don't fill their pretty little heads with ideas of bodily autonomy and jobs outside the home — instead, let minister W. V. Grant, Sr. teach pesky teen girls about principles,… » 5/08/13 10:50am 5/08/13 10:50am

Children of Ohio, You Are Officially Screwed When It Comes to Sex Ed

Apparently being known for Steubenville isn't enough for Ohio — they're now trying to corner the market on not educating their teens about sex. Yesterday, the Ohio House Finance Committee's Republican members voted to adopt a state budget amendment that mandates an abstinence-only approach to sexual education. Oh,… » 4/17/13 1:50pm 4/17/13 1:50pm

Now You Can Hear a Recording Of Terrifying Abstinence-Only High School …

Remember Pam from this morning? Pam Stenzel? The public high school speaker who thinks that your mom hates you if you take birth control? We now have an 51-minute long long audio recording of her batshit George Washington High School speech (the video is titled "GWHS Pam Stenzel. Latter 50/60 minutes," which is very… » 4/12/13 6:00pm 4/12/13 6:00pm

Terrifying Public High School Speaker: If You Take Birth Control, Your …

Meet Pam Stenzel. Pam Stenzel is a highly-paid* lecturer who speaks about the virtues of abstinence. Stenzel spoke on Monday at George Washington High School in Charleston, WV and created quite a stir when she allegedly made comments like, "If you take birth control, your mother probably hates you," and "I could look at… » 4/12/13 11:40am 4/12/13 11:40am

New Online Safety PSA Warns Girls to Not Share Sexy Pics

In this PSA from Children of the Street, a young woman warns other young women to steer clear of sending sexy selfies out into the scary wilds of the Internet. Although it's undoubtedly true that teens today need a double dose of awareness around the risks involved in sending compromising photos, it's more true that… » 3/26/13 10:20am 3/26/13 10:20am

Middle-School Romance Leads to Drugs, Booze and Dropping Out

Fast. That's what my mom called it. As in making decisions too fast, moving too fast, growing up too fast. Fast girls had lipstick, heels, boyfriends. And it was clear that you weren't supposed to be like them, and if a part of you sorta kinda wanted to, you kept it to yourself. As new research from the University of… » 3/18/13 11:45am 3/18/13 11:45am