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Issue #250 (January/February 2016) issue cover
Gender: I'm Doing Me

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Four YCteen writers discuss how concepts of masculinity or femininity have affected their lives. (full text)

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Lisuini has always loved to write, but in 6th grade, boys tease him that writing is girly. He gives it up for several years. (full text)

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Boys sexually harass the writer in middle school after she develops. Her friends don't take it seriously and she's too embarrassed to tell her parents. (full text)

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A girl interviews three boys about pressure to be more "manly," how they handle that pressure, and if there's anything to gender stereotypes. (full text)

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Nahian notices that TV ads are full of women happily cleaning or half-dressed, while men can't change a diaper. She interviews experts about gender stereotyping in advertising. (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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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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The author finds school stressful and overwhelming. He's diagnosed with anxiety and learning disorders and thrives when he goes to Hallen, a school for kids with special needs. (full text)

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Kristine is half-Japanese, half-white and is stared at in Japan. When she moves to New York, she's happy to find that nobody gives her a second glance. (full text)

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On Hande's last trip to Turkey, she sees Syrian refugees and realizes anyone could be driven from their home. She asks all countries to welcome refugees. (full text)

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Nahian finds an inspiring message for teenagers -- stick to your dreams -- in Paulo Coelho's popular book about a shepherd seeking buried treasure. (full text)

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The winners recount volunteering for animal rights, in a soup kitchen, and with an organization that provides nice clothes to poor women. (full text)

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Farhana is lousy at soccer the first time she tries, but keeps at it and proves that a brainy girl can also be a jock. (full text)

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The author keeps giving her violent, abusive mom another chance, and her mom keeps letting her down. She finally resolves to separate and move forward on her own. (full text)

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Julia shows solidarity with her LGBTQ friends by participating in a Day of Silence to honor those silenced by bullying. (full text)
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