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Book Review: Dietland
A novel takes on our anti-woman culture
author image As Crystal Stevens writes in this review, "Dietland will make you step back and question how women are treated in our society.

We live in a culture pervaded by gender inequality, the over-sexualization of women, and biased beauty standards. The novel Dietland, by Sarai Walker, is refreshing because it challenges these ideas. It’s also funny and relatable... [more]

School Stress: How to Handle It School Stress: How to Handle It
The Problem With Being Popular - I'm More Than My GPA - Why and IEP is for Me - How I Got Woke - Who Is Betsy DeVos? Why Teens Should Care - PLUS: A Teen Refugee's Journey
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Coming Out When Shakeva's mother doesn't embrace the news that she's gay, she feels lost. Diving into the world of LGBTQ authors, entertainers, and history, helps her feel more confident and connected. [more]
Dashikis and Dreadlocks When Aishamanne changes schools in 3rd grade, the new girls make fun of her dreadlocks. She begins exploring her historical heritage and learns her dreads are a proud "radical expression of my blackness." [more]
Speak Out: Teens write about President-elect Donald Trump Teens write about their concerns and fears about President-elect Trump. [more]
Movie Review: <em>Moonlight</em> Sedrick reviews the film Moonlight about a character he's never seen in a movie: "A gay thug, who is big and scary, but who expresses his feelings." [more]
View Me as a Human Being, Not a Terrorist After Yousef, a Muslim, faces ignorant comments from peers and his teacher about Islam, he speaks up. However, Trump's anti-Muslim speech stokes his anxiety. [more]
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Homeless, But Not Hopeless Hoa writes about moving from shelter to shelter: “Experiencing homelessness is something no child should have to go through, but it’s made me sympathetic toward other people who are struggling." [more]
What I Learned by Wearing the Hijab When Aniqa starts wearing the hijab, her life changes in significant ways. “Having of my body covered helped me appreciate my inner self…I fell in love with my brains, my dreams, my goals,” she writes. [more]
Book Review: <em>Dietland</em> As Crystal Stevens writes in this review, "Dietland will make you step back and question how women are treated in our society. [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]
Climate Change Hurts the Poor First Climate change isn't a far off concept, it's affecting us now. Cindy urges our politicians to make the issue a priority and to take immediate actions. [more]
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