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Too young to transition?

Too young to transition?

By Jessica Gilligan

February 19, 2015

When 13-year-old Zoey entered puberty, her doctor prescribed medication to slow down her development--because she didn’t identify with the gender she was born as. This fairly new treatment has caused controversy in the medical community, as critics argue that blocking puberty is harmful to a child’s...

Feminism promotes equality for all

Feminism promotes equality for all

By Anna Kreynin, Homestead High School

December 29, 2014

They claim to advocate for equality. They claim to want the opportunity to hold any career position. They argue against modern feminism while simultaneously expressing the desire for egalitarianism. They are the Tumblr group Women Against Feminism (WAF). Google defines the feminist movement ...

Group pushes for more options for transgender students on overnight trips

Group pushes for more options for transgender students on overnight trips

By MaryClare Colombo, Plano Senior HS, Plano, Texas

December 3, 2014

The Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) organization recently addressed the issue of transgender rooming on school overnight trips in a letter to Principal Sarah Watkins in October. Last year, transgender student senior Sydney Dela Rosa had to room alone or room with her biological sex with no other options....

Indie comedy ‘In A World…’ shines and challenges

Indie comedy ‘In A World…’ shines and challenges

By Meghan Bennett, Normal Community HS, Normal, Ill.

November 17, 2014

"In A World…" stars Lake Bell, who wrote and directed the film, as Carol Solomon, a vocal coach hoping to break into the male-dominated Hollywood niche industry of voice-overs. She competes with her egotistical father, played brilliantly by Fred Melamed, and his protege (Ken Marino), for a sought-...

Fem-vertising: The new effective advertising

Fem-vertising: The new effective advertising

By Maddie Flom, Holy Family Catholic HS, Victoria, Minn.

November 4, 2014

Recently, “Fem-vertising” has become increasingly popular for many brands. You may have seen ads that promote women and break down gender stereotypes. Some of these brands include Verizon, Pantene, Under Armour, Always’ “#Like A Girl,” and Dove’s real beauty sketches. Fem-vertising is ...

League ruling discriminates against transgender students

League ruling discriminates against transgender students

By Parker Breza, Benilde-St. Margaret's School, St. Louis Park, Minn.

October 29, 2014

When the MSHSL chose not to vote on the trans* inclusion policy this month, they didn’t just delay the ability for hundreds of trans* students to participate in high school athletics — they also sent the message that trans* equity wasn’t politically advantageous and therefore unnecessary.

Sexy turns scary

Sexy turns scary

By Kendall Tipton, Canyon HS, Canyon, Texas

October 27, 2014

Ten years ago, children donned costumes galore and filled the neighborhood streets. Outfits ranged from ghosts and wizards, to more gender-specific getups, such as princesses and knights in shining armor. What was not seen? Sexy hamburgers. As young adults, men find it far easier to pick a costume...

Missouri school makes accommodations for transgender students

Missouri school makes accommodations for transgender students

By Abby Christensen, Kirkwood HS, Kirkwood, Mo.

October 16, 2014

Before coming to Kirkwood High School, his peers and teachers refused to use male pronouns around him, and he was not allowed to use the male restrooms or try out for male sports teams, even though he has identified as male for as long as he can remember.

Powder Puff introduces unique perspectives for students on football field

Powder Puff introduces unique perspectives for students on football field

By Joel Timms, Whitney HS, Rocklin, Calif.

October 16, 2014

The powder puff games allow for a unique opportunity for genders to essentially switch roles, with boys taking on cheer leading positions on the sidelines and girls heading onto the football field.

Just ‘Let It Go,’ you guys: Why new Disney princesses are better

Just ‘Let It Go,’ you guys: Why new Disney princesses are better

By Manola Secaira, Bellarmine Preparatory School, Tacoma, Wash.

April 4, 2014

Nostalgia can be blinding. Having grown up with all the older Disney princess movies—for the purposes of this article, defined as any princess movie made before 2000 — it’s really tempting for me to think of them as the best ones. And don’t get me wrong, they are pretty awesome. The songs, the...

New California law gives transgender students choices

By Lauren Gargiulo, Campanile, Palo Alto HS, Palo Alto, Calif.

February 10, 2014

On Jan. 1, the California State Legislature implemented a new law that allows transgender students from kindergarten to 12th grade in public schools to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender that they identify with. In addition, the new law also allows students to take part in gender-sp...

It’s time for gender equality in children’s toys

It’s time for gender equality in children’s toys

By Morgan Buchanan, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.

January 31, 2014

It’s 2014 and society seems to be progressing right? In many aspects, yes, but in the realm of gender equality it seems as if we have regressed to the 1950s. This inequality is greatly present in children’s toys. Walk into any toy store and you see the great division. The “boys” and “girls”...

Sidelined by Sexism

Sidelined by Sexism

By Andy Brown and Olivia Kight, Westlake HS, Austin, Texas

September 24, 2013

“Behind every great man is a great Senior Girl.” That was the Senior Girls’ slogan for the 2010 football season. Harmless, right? The football player goes out and does the dirty work on the field while his doting female attendants stay back in the kitchen, baking and making signs for him...