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Issue #123 (Winter 2016) issue cover
Outside the Box

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Awilda thanks her social worker Mayra for her advocacy, her encouragement, and for going the extra mile. (full text)

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Youth Communication's summer workshop on gender led writers to challenge stereotypes of masculinity and femininity. They found that gender roles can limit or even hurt people. (full text)

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The author, born biologically male, never doubts that she's truly female. She travels from Mexico to New York and from bullied boy to confident woman. (full text)

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The author sees his father hit his mother. Instead of keeping quiet, he seeks help and talks to trusted friends and mentors. (full text)

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Selena is pure tomboy until adolescence. Then she dresses girly and likes the male attention. Now her style and her spirit combine masculine and feminine. (full text)

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Hande looks at recent news reports of sexual violence in her home country, Turkey, and explores what's behind men's desire to dominate and control women. (full text)

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E.F. dates a boy who tells her, "I want to make you mine." That makes her feel special, but then he grows controlling and abusive. (full text)

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Men are constantly commenting on Margaret's appearance as she walks down the street. She reports on how widespread—and how damaging to girls—street harassment is. (full text)

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Margaret interviews several people and groups who share strategies on how girls and women can respond to sexual harassers safely but effectively. (full text)

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The author's dad leaves when he's little, but then his Uncle Ruben enters his life. Uncle Ruben's care and guidance shows the writer what a man can be. (full text)

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Chris, born Tia, never liked dressing or acting like a girl. At an LGBTQ meeting, he meets other transgender youth and realizes who he is. (full text)

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What’s the best class you ever took? (full text)

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Youth make collages illustrating gender roles and how they actually feel. In the other activity, youth use "No Violence, No Silence" to discuss what "being a man" means. (full text)
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