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I don’t think teenagers reading literature need to see a world they know; I think they need to see a world they know isn’t bullshit. John Green

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The reason that I get grouchy is that I hate how the risks that we’re concerned about are shaped by the fears of privileged parents, not the risks of those who are already under constant surveillance, those who are economically disadvantaged, and those who are in the school-prison pipeline. danah boyd: apophenia » Which Students […]

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The only adults I know who write—and in a way, read—poetry are poets. It kind of narrows down to the people where that is actually their style of writing and their medium. When you’re a teenager, it’s easier to dabble more. … Also, in a way, you’re protected. When I think about the poetry I […]

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Young Women and Social Media

I’m currently reading a lot about the way teenagers use social media, partly for my thesis, and partly based on fascination. One of the aspects that interest me in this context is the connection of speech/voice and space in relation to the new possibilities of the internet. I just finished danah boyd’s great new book […]

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The Value of Snapchat (and Other Image-based Communication)

danah boyd published an interesting post on the value of Snapchat: In a digital world where everyone’s flicking through headshots, images, and text without processing any of it, Snapchat asks you to stand still and pay attention to the gift that someone in your network just gave you. As a result, I watch teens choose […]

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The Effect of Teenager’s Sexual Desire Missing from Discourse

A passage in Between Voice and Silence: Women and Girls, Race and Relationships, a socio-psychological study of at-risk, poor, working-class teenage girls, struck me yesterday:  “Michelle Fine points out that girls’ sexual desire is frequently missing from discourse about adolescent sexuality and sex education is schools. As Deborah Tolman observes, when sexual desire is reinterpreted as girls’ […]

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Either that, OR Justin Bieber is a teenager, doing teenager stuff. Like Trayvon Martin, Justin Bieber might get high. He might get drunk. He might swear and threaten people. He has tattoos and posts pictures of himself trying to look tough. Justin Bieber probably makes a lot of bad choices, because that is what teenagers […]

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Low on Clichés: Not-12-year-olds on Tumblr make me sick

esmegruenwald: Dear Tumblr, you’ve got a problem. A problem with 12-year-olds. The problem is not the amount of 12-year-olds on Tumblr, how mature or immature 12-year-olds on Tumblr act or what they generally do with their life. Your problem is that you act as if it is was any of your fucking business. Your problem […]

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God we fuck up teenagers’ heads. We tell them that biological conditions are moral punishments and then we get all shocked when they don’t practice rational risk management of biological conditions. We teach them “sex is super desirable and all the cool kids do it, and it’s hideously shameful and will destroy your life” and […]

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Rush Limbaugh and 16-year Old Girls.

Beantown Mom, a blogger over at Daily Kos, tells the harrowing story of how her 16-year old daughter was slut-shamed for simply being on the pill. High school kids have always been mean and used excuses to pick on ‘weaker’ kids, and there has pretty much always been slut-shaming, but in this case the harassing girls specifically […]