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Coming of Age

Firsts

Fredrica Duke | Posted 12.03.2014 | Style
Fredrica Duke

Everyone had pimples. I didn't. Everyone had her period. I didn't. I never realized the two were hormonally related. Then, one day at 15, there it was, my "monthly friend." Aunt Flo.

Letter to My 13-Year-Old Self

Diriye Osman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

Someday you will stop crying in your sleep. Someday you will have your own home, and you will draw fashion illustrations on the walls and the kitchen cupboards to remind you of your 13-year-old self. Someday you will walk down the street with a sense of achievement and self-contained confidence.

The Brain On 23

Molly Sprayregen | Posted 10.29.2014 | College
Molly Sprayregen

We are the 23-year-olds. We are the ones squirming in our chairs at the office because we still feel awkward in our grown-up clothes. We strut through city streets with eyes cast toward our screens, desperately seeking any source that will tell us the decisions we've made are valid.

Finding Home

Jennifer Langione | Posted 10.21.2014 | New York
Jennifer Langione

As you compare yourself to your peers who fled the nest as soon as they flung their graduation caps into the air, remind yourself that you're not behind--you're simply paving your own way home.

10 Coming-Of-Age Novels Every Adult Needs To Read

Anne Valente | Posted 12.03.2014 | Books
Anne Valente

Because nearly half of the stories in my debut collection, By Light We Knew Our Names (Dzanc Books, $14.95), are told from the perspective of adolesce...

'Writing Is How I Leave My Family And How I Take Them With Me'

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 09.19.2014 | Latino Voices

Daisy Hernández's new memoir, A Cup Of Water Under My Bed, is full of sentences that linger with you long after you've finished reading -- the kind o...

How a Young Boy Knows He's Gay

Randy Eddy-McCain | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Randy Eddy-McCain

As I reflect on that innocent horseback ride with Paul, I see it now as a time when my natural, God-given sexuality was beginning to take shape. I cherish the memory of that time with my young friend. Unfortunately I was robbed of the joy of being able to celebrate my coming of age.

Girl Power!

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 09.16.2014 | Education
Ann V. Klotz

As the Head of a school that encourages girls to Dream, Dare, Do; that promotes growth mindset and risk-taking; that knows how girls learn, think and feel; that uses research to inform best practice, I struggle with how not to insist that men and women with the same qualifications be paid equally for the same work.

At What Point Did You Stop Thinking of Yourself as a Girl and Consider Yourself a Woman?

Quora | Posted 08.26.2014 | Women
Quora

I still treasure those delicious memories of my mother, but my definition of what a woman is has metamorphosed from pearls and heels and No. 5 to something much more complex and real.

Momma Was a Bad Mutha... 'Shut Yo Mouth'

Monique Ruffin | Posted 08.09.2014 | Los Angeles
Monique Ruffin

Momma Was A Bad Mutha... "Shut Yo Mouth" , a one woman show written and performed by Fee King, directed by Sammie Wayne IV tells a universal comin...

Yagana Shah

11 Powerful Song Lyrics That Changed Our Lives Forever

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.08.2014 | Fifty

Whether it's an upbeat track that makes you want to get up and dance or a heartfelt ballad that brings a tear to your eye, there's no doubt that music...

28 Things I Want Girls to Know...

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 08.02.2014 | Education
Ann V. Klotz

I want all girls to know that knowing how to restore themselves, how to take the time to do things that bring joy, solace -- reading for pleasure, yoga, knitting, baking, running, taking a bubble bath -- is time well spent.

It's Raining Mennonites

Holly Richmond | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
Holly Richmond

Question: How does a Good Girl with 17 years of Christian-school honor roll turn into a pot-smoking, godless queer feminist? Answer: Live with Mennonites for a year.

7 Tips for Young Women From a Flight Attendant

Sara Keagle | Posted 07.13.2014 | Women
Sara Keagle

Being adventurous and being stupid is not the same thing. Have fun, travel and get lost in the world, but do it in a safe way. If possible have a travel companion. Make sure people know where you are, always carry a cell phone with you and read up on places before you go.

Periods, Puberty and 'The Letter': Mom's Life Lessons

Caurie Putnam | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Caurie Putnam

Last week my 10-year-old son brought home from school "the letter." You know the letter -- the one that makes every pre-pubescent mom's heart miss a beat and wistfully wonder where the past decade has gone?

Pulling Myself Out Of 'Teenager Limbo'

Morgan Hegarty | Posted 06.20.2014 | Teen
Morgan Hegarty

Being a teenager has been my life for the last six years and I lost myself in the Neverland that is the teenage years. Then I realized, I'm becoming an adult and there's no Peter Pan to save me.

What's The Point Of High School, Anyway?

Sanah Imran | Posted 06.16.2014 | Teen
Sanah Imran

Well, not really. I'm still a senior in high school, but I have finally gotten off the roller coaster of applying to college that I boarded as an apprehensive, but ambitious, junior. But, having finished this process, I find that I have more questions than answers.

18 Things I've Learned Before Turning 18

Hannah Strohmeier | Posted 06.03.2014 | Teen
Hannah Strohmeier

As my 18th birthday is quickly approaching, I have compiled a list of, what I consider to be, pretty valuable lessons. Here are 18 things I have figured out before I reach this milestone that is important to every teenager.

The Top 5 Coming-Of-Age TV Shows

Leo Sheng | Posted 05.25.2014 | Teen
Leo Sheng

Growing up, I had no idea what "coming of age" meant for one main reason: I never asked. Now, I understand it to describe the topics of young adulthood: self-confidence, friendships, relationships, peer pressure, sexuality and other forms of self-identification.

SXSW Interview: Stars Natalia Dyer and Peter Vack on Complicated Young Love in I Believe in Unicorns

Kristin McCracken | Posted 05.17.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

The film will also cause us women of all ages to remember those 'bad boys' in our pasts -- the ones for whom we always made excuses, no matter how badly they treated us in public.

Suburban Blues: Memories of a Late Baby Boomer

Tim Koechlin | Posted 05.11.2014 | Fifty
Tim Koechlin

We slept with our bedroom windows open and our blankets at our feet. We heard the conversations of passing teenagers and lovers through the windows, and we heard the drone and swoosh of the occasional traffic. We could hear the ballgame on someone else's radio.

A Chat With Kenneth Walsh About His New Coming-of-Age Memoir Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?

Mark Allen | Posted 05.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Allen

Growing up gay -- especially in the 20th century -- was a particularly challenging experience. Try doing it not entirely sure if it will A) lead to your getting a disease that will kill you within 12 months; and B) cause everyone you know and love to disown you.

Foster The People Learn Some Rough Life Lessons

Posted 02.07.2014 | Entertainment

Foster The People have announced that their sophomore album, "Supermodel," will debut on March 18. The band also dropped the official visuals for the ...

Hairy Legs

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 03.22.2014 | Women
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

The upside of this hormonal landmark was that my breasts grew infinitesimally. The downside was that Daddy had my stepmother tell me I couldn't wear a padded bra. "Bad girls wear those," she said.

Foster The People Are 'Coming Of Age'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

Foster The People has released the first single, "Coming Of Age," off of their highly anticipated sophomore album, "Supermodel." While Mark Foster tol...