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Too Fat or Too Thin
Learning to stand up to my family's insults
author image The writer's family consistently taunts her about her shape and eating habits. She summons the confidence to stand up to their negative talk.

When I was 5, I was diagnosed with chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs). I was frequently in the hospital with high fevers, nausea, and pain in my lower abdomen. All of the symptoms quelled my appetite... [more]

Taking Care of Myself Taking Care of Myself
Plan B Was Plan A - Leaving My Toxic Home Behind - The Truth About Self Harm - Black Girl Magic - Finally Proud of My Body - PLUS: The Muslim Ban: Un-American
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Colin Kaepernick YCteen sports reporter Toyloy Brown III examines the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick's kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest over police brutality toward black people. [more]
Keeping Immigrants Out Isn’t the Key to Our Safety—Gun Control Is Melanie argues that gun control is the way to keep American's safe—not Trump's attempts to keep immigrants out of the country. [more]
Happy Being a B+ Student “I value my free time to do things I love,” says Grace. When that free time is compromised by the rigors of her junior year, she starts to stress out and her grades suffer. [more]
How I Stopped Cutting The combined stress from home and school turns the writer to self-harm. Eventually she talks to her mom, who helps her develop strategies to help her break the dangerous habit. [more]
It Can Happen to Anyone After the writer’s mom gets involved in an abusive relationship, she takes a bold step and moves to Atlanta to live with her father to escape her toxic home life. [more]
Accidents Happen When the condom breaks during sex, the writer panics. But her boyfriend tells her about the morning after pill, which prevents pregnancy. Also: Emergency contraception explained. [more]
Telling Myself Who I Am With humor, the writer shares his emotional journey from "trying to be straight" and imitating how "real" boys act, to his coming out both to himself and his parents. [more]
Speaking My Truth As a reporter for her school newspaper, Aishamanne is accused of being angry and “ranting” about race. After discussing this with friends, she concludes it’s important for her to speak her truth, no matter what others think. [more]
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The Muslim Ban Is Un-American "Not allowing people into our country who are in search of a better life, like my family, is inhumane," writes Melanie Mata, whose family immigrated from the Dominican Republic in the 1900s. [more]
Movie Review: <em>The Zookeeper’s Wife</em> Jose reviews the film, The Zookeeper's Wife, a true story about a Polish couple who saves over 300 Jews from the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. [more]
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