"Life's Too Short to Be Sad...EVER": A Sparkly Sleepover Party With YouTube's Most Popular Girls

In our digital age, there are increasingly more ways for young women to become famous. Perhaps the fastest growing exposure industry is YouTube, where content creators in their early twenties cosplay “high school life” for a legion of pre-teen viewers. “I hope your message is that this is fucked up,” a mom of a… »10/15/15 11:25am10/15/15 11:25am


‘Double Tap for Caleb’: Mourning a 13-Year-Old YouTube Star on Instagram

Caleb Logan Bratayley, 13-year-old star of a popular family YouTube channel, died of “natural causes” last week. Apart from a handful of photos and videos, the family has remained silent about the matter, asking their million-plus fans to bear with them as they “deal with this tragedy” together. »10/05/15 3:00pm10/05/15 3:00pm

The Terrifying Instagram World of the Tweenage Dance Moms Fans

Over the past four seasons, Lifetime's Dance Moms has rapidly become one of the most popular reality shows on television, particularly with girls under the age of 18. Nearly two million viewers tuned into last week's Season 5 premiere, which features Pittsburgh's Abby Lee Miller and a troupe of elite dancers ranging… »1/13/15 2:00pm1/13/15 2:00pm

The Right-Wing Disinformation Campaign Against Victoria's Secret

Maybe you have heard recently that Victoria's Secret is under fire for starting a line of sexy lingerie for pre-teens. Maybe you were one of the nearly 40,000 people to sign a petition against this "line," or maybe you just read about that petition in the Telegraph, the New York Daily News, or the New York Times.… »3/29/13 11:30am3/29/13 11:30am

You Probably Like Les Mis Because You Have the Shitty Tastes of a Tween

I wasn't exactly a tween when I was first exposed to Les Miserables, but I still was hanging on to my tween sensibilities. I was 15 and on a trip with my grandparents to London where we went to see it on the West End. The next week, we were in Paris where I spent the whole time not-so-subtly belting "On My Own" and… »12/24/12 6:00pm12/24/12 6:00pm

So Claire's Is Hawking A Pretty Phallic Cell Phone Charm

An intrepid tipster (thanks, Jen!) has alerted us to one particular item in Claire's, that shopping-mall bastion of cheapo headbands and Best Friend necklaces favored by Youngs across America. Top your cell phone with this adorable mustache charm, suggests the description for this rather familiar-shaped charm. Look… »10/27/12 2:00pm10/27/12 2:00pm

Carrie Underwood Gives Concert-Going Tween His Very First Kiss

Carrie Underwood rocked a 12-year-old boy's world this past weekend when, after spotting him in the audience of her Louisville, Kentucky concert holding a "Will You Be My First Kiss?" sign, she brought him on stage and laid a smooch on him. "How do you want to do this?" she asked the tween before he boldly replied… »9/25/12 12:45pm9/25/12 12:45pm

The Inevitable Kristen Stewart Death Threats Begin

Oy. So, Kristen Stewart was caught cheating on Robert Pattinson, which even under normal circumstances is embarrassing for everyone involved. Of course, these are not normal circumstances because Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson (a.k.a. Robsten) are both incredibly famous. Furthermore, they are incredibly famous… »7/25/12 6:55pm7/25/12 6:55pm

Teenage Girl Asks Amy Poehler for Advice, Gets Awesome Answer

Ask Amy is the new Smart Girls series that allows young girls to write in life questions to be answered by our Lord and Savior Amy Poehler. In this edition, a 14-year-old girl asks what she should do about her father's refusal to let her wear make-up. Amy answers the young woman's question with the same seriousness… »7/12/12 7:45pm7/12/12 7:45pm