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Don’t ‘Man Up,’ Step Up
Boys discuss ways they can fight sexism
author image YCteen writers talk about how to make the world a more equitable place and move past stereotypes that harm people of all genders.

In “I Won’t Back Down” and “Please Stop Saying I’m Trouble”, Carolina and Grace write about being sexually harassed and disrespected by men. Both offer ways to resist and fight back. But women can’t change the culture alone... [more]

The World We Want The World We Want
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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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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My Recovery From Depression is a Work in Progress Severe depression runs in Caitlin's family and after a suicide attempt, she is hospitalized. Therapy, writing poems and songs, and playing in a band work together to help in her recovery. [more]
Discovering Myself Beyond the Binary Andrew feels different and unaccepted because of his gender identity and sexuality. But after he finds accepting friends online, he gains the confidence to come out in person.
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Everyone’s Opinion Deserves Respect After Trump is elected president, Emily makes judgments about his voters. Now she "respects all sides of a conversation, instead of tearing down people who don't think the same way I do." [more]
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