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Issue #262 (May/June 2018) issue cover
The World We Want

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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. (full text)

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Elia is raised in Kiev, Ukraine in a strict Orthodox Christian family. When she begins to read the Bible closely, she feels it, and God, are discriminatory. (full text)

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“I could not accept a boy talking down to me, acting as if I was not equal to him or deserving of respect,” writes Carolina. (full text)

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The writer begins a relationship with a boy whose confidence she finds attractive. He starts pressuring her to have sex, and begins to treat her poorly when he’s around his friends. (full text)

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YCteen writers talk about how to make the world a more equitable place and move past stereotypes that harm people of all genders. (full text)

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For Carolina, who is from Brazil where there is much gang activity, the threat of gun violence is personal. (full text)

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Xavier reflects on how being beaten by his stepfather throughout his childhood affects his behavior and relationships. Suddenly, his stepfather apologizes. (full text)

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Anaiss prefers being alone to being in a group. Although she struggles to make friends in a new school, she doesn’t compromise by joining a clique. She eventually finds a few classmates who she connects with. (full text)

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What Do You Think About the Florida Teen Activists? (full text)

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When the writer moves here from the Dominican Republic, she feels isolated. She misses her friends and grandmother. Kids make fun of her, and her mom neglects her. It takes a dramatic act to get her mom’s attention. (full text)

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Mario reviews Mary Gaitskill's novel and finds to his surprise that he identifies with the abusive mom as much as the abused daughter. (full text)
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