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Please Stop Saying I’m Trouble
Not asking for it.
author image 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.

Once when I was 12, I was playing tag on the playground with my sister and her friend, running around wearing a T-shirt with a big yellow smiley face on it... [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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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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Saving Myself—and My Sister The author is sexually trafficked by her parents from ages 12 to 16. After she escapes, she focuses on healing and saving her little sister from the same fate. [more]
I Want an Equal Relationship Trina doesn't date yet, but looking at those who do, she wants more equality between boys and girls. Boys should not always pay for dates, she says. [more]
The Power of Forgiveness Because her mother is an alcoholic, Jzhamaine suffers abuse, neglect, and homelessness. After her mother gets sober and apologizes, Jzhamaine can forgive her. [more]
School Is My Life Raft The author is taken from her mom against her will. While in care, she keeps herself going by focusing on what she can control—doing well in school. [more]
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