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 11:30am 3/29/13 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 6:00pm 12/24/12 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 2:00pm 10/27/12 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 12:45pm 9/25/12 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 6:55pm 7/25/12 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 7:45pm 7/12/12 7:45pm

The Tweens Have Taken Over the Earth and Own Us All

Have you guys ever watched the Disney Channel? Like seriously watched it. For hours. Because that shit is crazy. If you haven't watched it, and if you don't know any kids between the ages of 8 and 12, you probably aren't aware that there's a whole universe of celebrity going on right under our noses. Hundreds of… » 6/25/12 3:50pm 6/25/12 3:50pm

TV Makes Girls Feel Like Crap About Themselves, But Does Wonders for…

For as long as TV has been around, people have fretted about how it might damage The Children. Does it rot their brains and turn them into illiterate mutants? Is all the sex and violence breeding a generation of super slutty murderers? The results on those fronts are mixed, but thanks to a new study, one thing is very… » 5/30/12 11:30am 5/30/12 11:30am

Menarche Party? Meh. Getting Your Period Doesn't Make You a Woman

I'm wary about menarche parties, whether they involve cheesy themed partyware and "Pin the Ovaries" games or Native American folk songs and flower garlands. I'm all for girls feeling empowered rather than embarrassed about getting their periods, and I love the idea of parents celebrating and supporting their… » 3/20/12 7:40pm 3/20/12 7:40pm

Meet the 21-Year-Old Art Student Who Tricked Folks (Including GMA) Into…

A few weeks ago, I wrote about girls who ask YouTube commenters, of all people, to tell them if they're ugly. One young woman in the post — who, as a result, was featured on the Today show, Good Morning America, and other news outlets that picked up our story, emailed me last week to tell me that she was not actually » 3/02/12 1:00pm 3/02/12 1:00pm

The Simpsons Know The Secret For Writing The Perfect Tween Novel

Last night's Simpsons dove into the world of fiction writing in an episode titled "The Book Job." Lisa was disgusted with Homer's periodical of choice — JetSki Wanter magazine — which was written by a committee of writers. So Homer got the idea to gather Springfield's best and brightest and work on a YA novel! The… » 11/21/11 5:20pm 11/21/11 5:20pm

All The Cool Moms Lie To Get Their Underage Kids On Facebook

Age requirements are in place to protect some of society's youngest members from the ugly side of social networking and comply with federal privacy laws, but some parents don't find them necessary. A new survey shows that a surprising amount of totally awesome parents lie to make sure their precious underage snowflake… » 11/02/11 7:45pm 11/02/11 7:45pm

An Adorably Precocious Fashion Chat With Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka

Last week, Kiernan Shipka made us hanker for the return of Sally Draper with her uncannily good performance as an adult child psychologist. Now she continues to prove that she's simply too much with a feature on Lucky's website in which she shows off eight of her favorite outfits. Though she's only 11, Kiernan is… » 10/25/11 9:30am 10/25/11 9:30am