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Issue #223 (November 2010) issue cover
Love? Sex?

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In an introduction to the issue, Nesshell contrasts the true variety and nuance of teens' experiences with love and sex with a stereotype-driven marketing campaign for the movie "The Virginity Hit."

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A cartoon exploring what the L-word really means.

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The writer's "no sex before marriage" policy is tested when her boyfriend pressures her. When the relationship ends, she feels betrayed and used.

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Starting out at a new junior high school, Crystal puts a wall between herself and her classmates. Only Alexei, a lovable misfit, reaches across the wall to befriend her.

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Percy clarifies some of the points he thinks women misunderstand about male behavior.

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Arguing that teen boys are all but incapable of fidelity, Philippe suggests that teen girls should let go of romantic ideals and play the field as well.

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Boys don't know as much as they think about girls, says Brittany. She thinks relationships would work better if boys were honest about their feelings, listened better, and worried less about being macho.

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When Amanda meets Artie, initial antagonism turns quickly into friendship. She isn't surprised when she learns Artie is gay, and supports him in his coming out. But when Artie begins spending more time with other acquaintances, their friendship is tested.

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Right before she moves to New York from her native Panama, 13-year-old Madeline falls in love with Barry. They try to keep the relationship going, but the distance and Madeline's trouble expressing herself prove to be too much. It's not until she returns to Panama for a visit that she discovers the secret to lasting long-distance romance.

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When Renea discovers that her boyfriend's father cheats on his wife, she gets scared that her boyfriend will be unfaithful, too. She wonders whether children are destined to repeat the same relationship mistakes of their parents.

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Results of a survey in which teens responded to questions about their thoughts and beliefs on love, sex, and relationships.

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Ebony is ecstatic when she falls in love with a Nigerian boy, but as the relationship gets serious she realizes that he's breaking his family's and his culture's rules by dating an American.

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The writer falls for a "bad boy." He becomes increasingly possessive and their constant fighting turns physical. It's not until after she breaks up with him that she learns she was in an abusive relationship.
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In this interview, activist Christopher Watson explains how males should be held accountable for preventing dating and sexual violence.

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DeAnna comes out to her mother as bisexual and gets a surprising response. Eventually, she identifies as a "full-time lesbian." (full text)

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In these interviews with their parents, YCteen writers get a variety of advice, including pleas to look for partners who are kind, to wait until they're 40 to marry, and to think of heartache as a learning experience.
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