teens

The Young and The Feckless: Class Conundrum

Watching Bristol Palin's teen pregnancy PSA the other day and reading reactions to it (including Bitch's own Kelsey Wallace), I was reminded of a question that I've been turning over in my mind lately, namely who has the authority/credibility/legitimacy to speak to issues of class and privilege?... Read more »

ThatsNotCool.com is Pretty Dang Cool

Did you feel icky seeing headlines about the Carrie Prejean nudie pics and the... Read more »

Bed, Bitch & Beyond: I (Still) Blame Porn: A Response

I opened a big can of feminist worms on Thursday with my post I Blame Porn, In which I talked about how the mainstreaming of mass-produced hetero porn is starting to influence—negatively—the cultural perceptions of what's sexy, particularly among teenagers. I was... Read more »

Bed, Bitch & Beyond: I Blame Porn

Facials, hairlessness, porn stars as role models...is internet porn changing sex for teenagers and twentysomethings? How has the rise of mainstream, accessible porn started fucking with teenage brains, both male and female? Read more »

Page Turner: An Interview with Novelist Laurie Halse Anderson

This week we talk with author Laurie Halse Anderson, who’s written five YA novels, including the New York Times best-seller Speak, one of the most compelling depictions of the trauma of the interior space of a teenage sexual assault survivor. Anderson has been getting... Read more »

I know it's Election Day, but Blair masturbated on last night's episode of Gossip Girl!

 I don't know how many of you sharp feminists out there watch the CW's Gossip Girl, but those of you who don't missed out on a rarely televised occurrence last night: female masturbation. Read more »

Teen Girls + Boy Love Dolls = Tru (heart) + $ 4Ever

Pop-sensation lifespans have been shrinking since the dawn of pop sensations, but the power of the boy band has proved enduring. These prefab crews of scrubbed, smiling teens busting a synchronized move to manufactured beats have a special place in pop – music history and in the hearts—and... Read more »

Bitch Reads #2

Reviewed in this issue: Defending Pornography, by Nadine Strossen; Gender Wars, by Brian Fawcett; Talk Dirty To Me, by Sallie Tisdale; Going All the Way: Teenage Girls’ Tales of Sex, Romance, and Pregnancy, by Sharon Thompson; and Unnatural Dykes to Watch Out... Read more »

Talkshows: TV's Culture of Categorization

Talk shows are the scariest thing on the planet today. You think I’m exaggerating, don’t you? Think about it: not only are they the lowest common denominator of American pop culture, but they’re also—because they’re in the form of “real” people talking about their “real”... Read more »

Sassy Responds: Not to Us, Of Course...

… but to other perceptive and right-on readers who are as upset as we are about the changes. And guess what? The editors are defensive as hell. Here’s what the readers are saying in their so-called “hate mail”: “I cannot tell you how much your changes SUCK!!” “I feel compelled to... 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 »