This October, two teenage boys from West Bengal are headed to Mexico to play for the Indian soccer team in the Homeless World Soccer Cup 2012. One in of them in particular, Mohammad Salauddin, aged 17, took to soccer as a young child growing up in red light area of Kidderpore. But Mohammad possesses no shame about his mother’s profession as a sex worker and thereby his own origins. In fact, he is now setting out to prove exactly what children of sex workers are capable of accomplishing. And by his own personal estimate, that would be a lot.
I smell a powerful documentary, at the very least. More
Guaranteed no babies practically equals an IUD at this point. More
The whole thing is hilarious — and then a a little sad because this is what the show is actually like. More
After April Grunspan‘s teenage daughter, Alana, started the 10th grade, the 15-year-old pleaded to be removed from school. The student with a 3.0-3.5 GPA, as her mother remembers, said that she felt her time in the classroom was being wasted. She wanted to be homeschooled. The sophomore attested that she was capable of learning much more on her own. More
Much to the probable disappointment of sensationalistic daytime television segments everywhere, young girls are keeping it in their pants. Or rather in their partner’s pants. Actually, both! The notion that young ladies are rapidly turning to oral sex in recent years to delay intercourse has been trumped by new numbers that reveal a blow job down turn, if you will. Don’t all show your disappointment at once. More
While we should probably cheers the Commission on Presidential Debates for their decision, I’m definitely going to raise my celebratory glass to three teenage girls from New Jersey who petitioned for such change in the first place. More
Young girls who get into the ring and talk politics is always something I can get behind, regardless of whether I agree with their views or not. If it’s simply a tweet or a Change.org petition, I admire young women (and men) who take it upon themselves to be a part of the conversation and effect change. And with teenagers Elena Tsemberis, Sammi Siegel, and Emma Axelrod at the wheel, that change very well could be a woman moderating this year’s presidential debates. More
Beyonce may have some snappy music videos to her name, but I’m currently far more impressed with 100 teenagers from San Diego’s Tech High International. The class of 2013 reportedly crafted their own music video to Michael Andrews‘ “Bubbles in Space” with nothing more than colored pencils and a bunch of scanners. More
You may or may not censor the movies your children watch, especially as they approach their teenage years. I distinctly remember watching Grease and Saturday Night Fever at a very young age, but then explicitly being banned from seeing Epic Movie (which I immediately then saw, in theaters no less). But for the most part as a child, my media intake was left pretty uncensored. It’s always been my opinion that movies and other media have in fact shaped my way of thinking about sex to some extent, which is exactly what researchers at Dartmouth College are saying. More
Considering that modern children are prepped for everything from their fourth grade math tests to private school interviews to SATs, perhaps it’s not at all shocking that a new blooming and booming preparation service for young people is upon us. The Princeton Review may guarantee an increase in your child’s test scores by 150 points, but tell me, how much would you pay someone to school your daughter in the art of Rush week and sorority life? More
As we reported, 17-year-old Emma Stydahar and 16-year-old Carina Cruz are following Julia Bluhm‘s lead after her successful protest against Seventeen‘s Photoshop practices. The two young women took their Photoshopping pledge to Teen Vogue, asking the publication to follow Seventeen’s example and promise not to alter the bodies or faces of their young models. Well, apparently somebody up top got a little threatened and thought these ladies needed a stern talking to. More
When I think of Judd Apatow I think funnyman. Or if there’s a new film he’s working on, I just think, “Oh, I’ll have to see that, Judd Apatow’s awesome.” But that’s basically the extend of it – until now. That’s because I just finished watching a video in which Apatow doles out advice to teenage girls and, well, I think I might be in love with him. More
As the documentary Miss Representation outlined not too long ago, round the clock media is at the helm of our daughter’s constant insecurities. Whether we’re talking TIME magazine or Seventeen the tremendous focus on women’s appearance, bodies, and attractiveness as opposed to their accomplishments has our young female population looking at every passing mirror with critical eyes.
Let’s hope this 17-year-old kid of National City learned something from his long stand off with a soda vending machine. More