teens

Girl Watchers: The Uneasy Female Gaze of “Black Conflux” and “The Other Lamb”

Two new films challenge sexist coming-of-age tales where teen girls are master manipulators.

Finding Power: In Netflix’s “Trinkets,” Young Women Steal Their Way to Autonomy

The young women of Netflix’s “Trinkets” break laws, but build each other. Read more »

Teenage Kicks: “Booksmart” is an Earnest, Affirming Fantasy of Feelings

Booksmart devotes itself more to the strange, transcendent kind of intimacy that can develop between teens during a singular night. Read more »

(Un)smart Buddies: “Booksmart” Is an Adorably Gawky Entry into the High School Comedy Canon

If “Booksmart” endeavors to make an argument for what youthfulness can be, and for all the messy hope entangled in it, then it must unearth the muck, too. Read more »

It’s My Party: How Conspicuous Consumption Became the Theme of Sweet Sixteens

Today’s Sweet Sixteener isn’t an exact replica of the debutante, but she reflects the same narrow view of womanhood.  Read more »

Only White Kids Find Treasure: “On My Block’s” Fantastical Coming of Age Story

None of the kids have delusions of grandeur; all they want is to buy their way out of historical cycles of violence. Read more »

Bumped Off: What Will It Take to Destigmatize Teen Motherhood?

Young moms from less privileged backgrounds, as well as teen moms of color like me, are still waiting for positive reflections of ourselves on TV. Read more »

What’s Our Damage?: Revisiting the Legacy of the Teenage Alpha Bitch

These characters understood that being a teenage girl was synonymous with hypervigilant performance. Read more »

Casual Righteousness: The Feminist Evolution of Teen Dramas

Though the politics of the Archie Universe aren’t perfect, they signify a powerful shift in the content of teen drama. Read more »

Red Letter Day: The Enduring Legacy of “Scarleteen,” the Internet’s Best Sex-Ed Site

What does it mean for our sexual wellness when we keep losing spaces to think about sex online? Read more »

Not Another Teen Book: Contemporary YA Lit Acknowledges the Spectrum of Teenage Experiences

As a perennially popular and thriving genre, YA is an important place for teenagers to start difficult conversations, even if it’s just acknowledging the spectrum of their experiences. Read more »

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Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

Tina Belcher breaks all the rules of network sitcoms. That's why she's wonderful.  Read more »