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Teenage Girls

The Tortoise and the Hair: One Mother's Attempt to Loosen the Reins

Elisa Taub | Posted 03.24.2012 | Parents
Elisa Taub

Intellectually I know that she is expressing herself in a safe and personal way. Like the crazy purple straight legs jeans I used to wear, or the thrift shop clothing my parents never even reacted to. But the truth is, I still wish I hadn't let her dye her hair.

Facebook, Nice Girls and Self-Worth

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 03.13.2012 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

What girls say to each other on Facebook matters more than the possible threat of cyberbullying. It reflects what we teach kids about what's important and has real consequences.

Teenage Girls Mistakenly Think HPV Vaccine Reduces Risk For All STDs

Posted 01.06.2012 | Home

Although the Human Papillomavirus vaccine may be lowering teens' risk of contracting HPV, as many as one in four teenage girls falsely believes that t...

New Analysis Reveals Spike In Same-Sex Contact Between Teen Girls

Posted 12.23.2011 | Gay Voices

A new analysis of the U.S. National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) has revealed some surprising shifts in the sexual activity of teenage girls over th...

Girlfriends Over Husbands?

Nancy Deville | Posted 02.13.2012 | Women
Nancy Deville

"Are you going to get married again, Grandma?" I asked her. "NO!" Her vehemence was startling enough to spark my curiosity, and for the next few years, I observed her and her friends.

Sexual Harassment In Schools -- Studies Say It's Real

Hayley Krischer | Posted 01.15.2012 | Parents
Hayley Krischer

I was 14. He was 18. He was a big kid. On the football team. (Can I tell you that he became a cop later in life without you judging cops all together? Just giving you an idea of his confidence.)

Porn-Addled Teenage Boys Do Rule The World

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 01.01.2012 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

So what if we don't have a female head of state for the next 500 years. Go get a facial. You'll feel better. Develop a hobby. I hear recreational pole dancing is really fun.

Standing Up to Street Harassment

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 12.29.2011 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Here are three things to think about before we continue to tell our daughters to ignore a lifetime of "cat" calls, sexually explicit comments and sexist remarks.

Generation Y's Wall Street SPO

Amy Goldwasser | Posted 12.27.2011 | College
Amy Goldwasser

My generation needs to admit that we have a problem. Hi, we are Generation Y, and we are overly entitled consumption addicts with expectations that are incongruous with a finite world.

Do Brothers Stall Their Sisters' Sex Lives?

Jena Pincott | Posted 12.25.2011 | Women
Jena Pincott

The age at which a teenage girl starts to become sexually active depends a lot on her social environment. It especially depends on the family environment. The hidden influence is the younger sibling.

It's Cool to Skip Lunch

Stephanie Armstrong | Posted 12.24.2011 | Parents
Stephanie Armstrong

At a middle school I recently visited, I learned that cool girls skip lunch. Girls complained to me about being famished by dinner time, overeating, and not understanding why. They were fearful of eating in front of their peers.

Are You Addicted To Gaming?

Posted 12.13.2011 | Home

Everyone's doing it -- or nearly everyone. According to a recent report, a whopping 91 percent of kids and teens between the ages of two and 17 play v...

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Odelia Kaly | Posted 12.13.2011 | Home
Odelia Kaly

As a teenage girl, there are certain things that people expect me to do and ways I should act and things I should wear and say. But I don't dress for other people -- I dress for myself.

What Gardasil Says About Perry's Concern for Our Daughters' Welfare

Amy Siskind | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics
Amy Siskind

While conservatives and progressives will clearly disagree on the government's role in mandating vaccines, here's what we can agree on: Rick Perry did not have the best interest of our daughters' in mind at the time of his executive order.

Back-To-School Surgery?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 11.07.2011 | Healthy Living
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Today, more and more teens are spending their summer days -- and savings -- preparing to start this new chapter in their lives with surgically refreshed bodies and faces.

Mean Girls

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 10.29.2011 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

Why do we need to hurt, put down, insult, and otherwise belittle others to make ourselves feel good? I'm sure there are many, many answers and reasons to the broad societal issue of bullying, but with girls, there seems to be an additional impetus.

Parent Regrets: Why I Wish We Never Had Gone To See Taylor Swift

Andrea Lampros | Posted 10.16.2011 | Parents
Andrea Lampros

A note to moms: If you're thinking about taking your daughters to see Taylor Swift as their first concert, and maybe your first show since the Indigo Girls in 1996, please don't. If you're thinking you'll see a sweet Southern singer/songwriter on stage with her guitar, a few pretty dresses, and simplistic but heartfelt lyrics, you won't.

Would You Buy This For Your Daughter?

Adora Svitak | Posted 10.12.2011 | Parents
Adora Svitak

America, you're sending girls a mixed message. On one hand you're saying to have positive body image and love who we are, on the other we're being marketed makeup and clothing that obviously turns us into someone different.

Waiting for My Teen to Become a Monster

Red Room | Posted 10.09.2011 | Parents
Red Room

Experts have also told us that the number one, ultimate rule of the parent-child relationship is that a mother must never, under any circumstance, ever consider being best friends with her daughter. I guess I blew that one.

The New Odd Girl Out: Why Social Media Makes Girls So Insecure

Rachel Simmons | Posted 10.08.2011 | Women
Rachel Simmons

A girl's social networking profile is a persona she constructs, a salve for the anxiety so many girls feel about relationships. All this, however, at a cost: the same tools girls use to alleviate insecurity are just as likely to inflame it.

Man Sentenced For Online Teen Student Photo Plot, Child Pornography

AP | Posted 09.25.2011 | Education

EASTON, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to at least nine months in prison for what prosecutors say was an elaborate online scheme to obta...

School's Out, Progress Is In

K. Sujata | Posted 09.12.2011 | Chicago
K. Sujata

This year we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX, which bars sex discrimination in publicly funded programs. It has increased girls' access to public education, extracurricular programs and, yes, athletics, for which it's best known.

I Am Real

Alanna Zabel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alanna Zabel

Mantra: I Am Real Exercise: Mirror Exercise There happened to be a long line at the supermarket this morning. So while I waited my turn, I perused...

From Gamma Girls to Queen Bees: The Illusion of a Label

Rosalind Wiseman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rosalind Wiseman

By superficially labeling girl's and women's actions, Laura Sessions Stepp misses the larger implications and trivializes women's behavior and relationships.

Cybersexism Meets Its Match: High School Girls Demand Respect

Patricia Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Patricia Martin

The girls at my local high school are fighting back in outrage over a Social Network-style website that rates girls using sexually explicit and racist remarks.