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Why I Am an Atheist
Reason # 1: I don’t like how women are treated in the Bible
author image Elia is raised in Kiev, Ukraine in a strict Orthodox Christian family. When she begins to read the Bible closely, she feels it, and God, are discriminatory.

My father took me to church for the first time when I was 5. I’m from Kiev, Ukraine, and unlike here in America, there aren’t any benches in church there. I’d stand for hours... [more]

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I Won’t be Silent - My Body Isn’t Meant to Be Owned - Does the Bible Preach Misogyny? - Boys Speak: How to Make a Better World for Girls - PLUS: I Marched for Our Lives in D.C. #neveragain
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No Longer Feeling Alone When the writer moves here from the Dominican Republic, she feels isolated. She misses her friends and grandmother. Kids make fun of her, and her mom neglects her. It takes a dramatic act to get her mom’s attention. [more]
I Won’t Back Down “I could not accept a boy talking down to me, acting as if I was not equal to him or deserving of respect,” writes Carolina. [more]
Don’t ‘Man Up,’ Step Up YCteen writers talk about how to make the world a more equitable place and move past stereotypes that harm people of all genders. [more]
My First Protest: March for Our Lives For Carolina, who is from Brazil where there is much gang activity, the threat of gun violence is personal. [more]
Please Stop Saying I’m Trouble Grace has been labeled as “trouble” by men since she was 12. She writes about how this label implies girls are to blame for actions by impulsive men who lack self-control. [more]
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How I Found My Gender Identity “Even though I have a man’s body, I have never felt male,” writes J.P. Then during an “identity” activity at his YMCA program, he learns the word gender nonconformer, and “I finally had something to call myself.” [more]
Living in a Shelter Wasn’t As Bad as I Thought When Rianna's mom loses her job, the family has to move into a shelter. Of course it isn't like the comfort of home, but it's not the cramped, crowded, dirty place she expected. [more]
Misogyny Is Everywhere Ria examines how social media, her family, friends, and other aspects of society has influenced her negative attitudes toward women, including herself. [more]
Being a Good Teammate Means Being a Good Friend While shooting hoops on the court, Toyloy witnesses his friend being bullied by an older boy. Instead of standing up for his friend and risk getting beaten up, the writer does nothing. Toyloy reflects on his behavior. [more]
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When Women Uphold Sexism Winnie’s family, particularly her grandmother, pressure her to be submissive, quiet, and spend her adulthood raising children. She finds the courage to stand up to her grandmother’s sexism.
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