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My Leggings Are Too Sexy; His Tank Top Isn’t
Double standards aren't cool.
author image Jeimmy questions the fairness of her school’s dress code after she’s punished for a violation. She notices that the schoolwide policy only seems to apply to girls.

“You with the spandex, come here.” My principal, who was lounging on the school security desk, motioned with her index finger for me to come forward. My legs stayed glued to the ground... [more]

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How I Heal After I Was Trafficked - If Women Ran the World - Predator In My Foster Home - Blame the Rapist, Not the Victim - My Internalized Mysogyny - PLUS - Writing Contest: Win $100!
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Gateways: Where Girls Get Themselves Back Gateways is a program for victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). Budy Garcia-Whitfield, LCSW, explains how she and other staff there help girls rediscover the best in themselves. [more]
A Better Man Than My Father The author is shocked to learn that his father has molested his sister -- and that their mother takes the father's side. The author has trouble mourning because of his father's contempt for emotion. [more]
If We Ran the World: A Roundtable About Patriarchy Three girls discuss being treated as sex objects, what consent to sex is, why girls and women don't report rapes, why men can't talk about their feelings, and what an oppression-free world would look like. [more]
Please Stop Saying I’m Trouble Grace has been labeled as “trouble” by men since she was 12. She writes about how this label implies girls are to blame for actions by impulsive men who lack self-control. [more]
Writing Saved My Life Writing and working with an editor helped Zaniyah understand her own anger, forgive herself, and take control of her life. [more]
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Beyond the Binary Andrew notices from an early age that he does not identify with anything heavily gendered, neither masculine nor feminine. On the Internet, he discovers the concept of "non-binary" and finds himself. [more]
Book Review: <em>A Stone of Hope: A Memoir</em> Alexus reviews Jim St. Germain's vivid story of growing up rough in Brooklyn and straightening his life out during a stay at Boys Town, a residential facility. [more]
Trying to Make Up Lost Time When the writer’s mom is released from prison after nine years, it takes time for the two to adjust. Although the writer remains guarded, she is open to building a closer relationship. [more]
How I Stopped Fighting The author is abused and bullied, and becomes very angry. Fighting is a good release her -- until she faces arrest. Then she learns self-control. [more]
Writing Saved My Life Writing and working with an editor helped Zaniyah understand her own anger, forgive herself, and take control of her life. [more]
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