President of her class and involved in countless clubs and activities, she was desperate to break out of her rut. After several drinks, Valerie hooked up with an older guy from another town. When he found out her age, he got angry and called her a slut in front of everyone.
Hannah Storey-Gore, 17, said Assistant Principal Deborah Jones harassed her as they walked across campus to the front office, yelling at her in front of other students and joking with a security guard about the situation. District spokeswoman Renee de Santos did not respond to questions about Storey-Gore's account of her treatment. In an email, de Santos said, "the campus is looking into the concern.
The Harvey Weinstein saga might hopefully shine a light on a problem much closer to home: the issue of teen girls being sexually harassed at school. Adolescent girls get groped primarily in the hallways and classrooms at school, but girls also experience guys grinding on them on the dance floor at mixers and any place where they are not supervised. Sexual harassment is so common that many girls I have talked to have become numb to it.
News of a confusing ban on leggings and yoga pants at an Evanston middle school is sparking heated conversations around the nation. The fitted pants are apparently too distracting for male students. Juliet and Kevin Bond, both educators, are parents of a 7 th grade girl at the school, and they wrote a letter to the principal to express their concerns, as printed in The Patch and reported by Christine Wolf.
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When I was in middle school, I wanted more friends that were boys because I felt like girls were too much drama. We wear uniforms at my high school, but there are days when we can dress down. One Friday in 9th grade most of us were wearing jeans, skirts, or sweatpants.
When it comes to the topic of slut-bashing--when a girl is harassed by classmates because she is believed to be a "slut"--there always has been a lot of harsh judgment. Ten years ago, when I wrote a book about it, I noticed that most people have a compulsive urge to divide so-called sluts into the categories of innocent and guilty. The thinking went like this: girls labeled "sluts" who are sexually innocent do not deserve to be mistreated, while other girls are guilty of the crime of having been sexual and therefore deserve to be bullied.
Dear Schools, Teachers, and Administration that blindly enforce overtly sexist dress codes that perpetuate rape culture. Stop Sexualizing girls. Stop victimizing girls.
Forgot my password. Maureen plays Minecraft and checks messages in her living room, where she was sitting when her principal called her parents to tell them about a nearly naked picture of their daughter that circulated around her middle school. She crunched the cookies in her mouth, carefully mashing them into chunks.
A University of Minnesota study found that teenage girls who frequently read magazine articles about dieting were more likely five years later to practice extreme weight-loss measures than girls who never read such articles. The study further found that "girls in middle school who read dieting articles were twice as likely five years later to try to lose weight by fasting or smoking cigarettes, compared to girls who never read such articles. They were three times more likely to use measures such as vomiting or taking laxatives. One has to wonder if the primary agenda of the fashion magazines is to create a level of dissatisfaction among their female readers regarding their overall body image in an effort to keep them running back for more and more advice on how to achieve this impossible beauty ideal.