Tag Archives: Adolescence

It’s not sex, it’s “swagger”

TweetThe cover story of this weekend’s New York Times Style Section was a profile of Justin Bieber, the fifteen-year-old Youtube pop sensation who had four Billboard top-100 hits in 2009. The article focuses on his relationship with his single mother, and also with the unique challenges of being an international pop sensation before you’re old [...]
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The Feministing Five: Rachel Simmons

TweetRachel Simmons is a writer and a teacher who has penned two New York Times bestsellers. Not too shabby. In 2002, Simmons’ wrote Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, which shed light on the “mean girls” phenomenon and examined for the first time the cliques and codes of teen girl culture [...]
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Precious: A Feminist Must-See

TweetI had to post a link to the new movie, Precious: I am halfway through Push, the book by Sapphire that the movie is based on. It is not often that so many issues women face are embodied in one character. From racism, sizism, sexual violence, domestic violence, welfare issues, colorism, ablism, and many, many [...]
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Strip Search at the Supreme Court

TweetThirteen-year-old Savana Redding of Safford, Arizona, was strip searched by middle school administrators, on a tip from another student who claimed she had contraband Advil hidden in her bra. Her lawyer argued to the Supreme Court this week that school officials violated the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches. School officials didn’t bother to search [...]
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Homophobic Bullying is a Problem.

Tweet This is the second incident this month of a young man of color that killed himself because of anti-gay bullying. The first was an 11-year-old Massachusetts boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover. The second is eleven year old Jaheem Herrera hung himself last week and speculation suggests it was due to homophobic bullying. Jaheem was bullied [...]
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