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Note: These stories are from YCteen and its sister publication, Represent, which is written by and for youth in foster care.
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Four YCteen writers discuss how concepts of masculinity or femininity have affected their lives. (full text)
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Donyaeh didn't get enough love from his parents, so he feels lucky to find Alina, a girlfriend who asks how he feels and comforts him when he's down. (full text)
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Julia starts dating her friend Peter, but quickly feels smothered by him and misses the freedom of being single.
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This writer’s first sexual encounter with a boy is nothing like the romantic experience she envisioned. When he doesn't listen to her refusal, she kicks him out. (full text)
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One way to know you’re ready for sex is that you’re able to have a conversation before you’re in the heat of the moment. Here, tips on how to do that. (full text)
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Kelly breaks down a study showing that, when girls outnumber guys in HS, girls compete for guys and are more willing to have sex rather than hold out for a relationship. Her advice to girls: don't play into the trend. (full text)
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In this Sex Ed column, Ravyn considers a study showing that many New York City teens have had same-sex partners. (full text)
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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 this sidebar, couples are encouraged to discuss and agree to a list of "relationship rights."
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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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A psychotherapist describes what a balanced and healthy relationship looks like. (full text)
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The writer loves his girlfriend—when she’s not hitting him. (full text)
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Hattie wants a romantic relationship but fears getting hurt. (full text)
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Janill is appalled by the openly sexual dancing that goes on at her school dance. (full text)
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Eager to get “experience,” the writer rushes into sex with a boy she hardly knows. (full text)
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A former player, Antwaun discovers it feels good to get close to one person. (full text)
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The writer won’t stay with her boyfriend if he stays in the Latin Kings. (full text)
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Anne, who lives in a group home, meets Cliff and they soon fall in love. But Anne can't tell Cliff her living situation, nor that her mother is a racist. (full text)
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The knowledge of sex that Nadishia gathered in her early teens has helped her make the right choices for herself. (full text)
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Most girls are in a hurry to grow up, but Nicole wants to take it slow. (full text)
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Devastated when her father leaves the family, the writer fills her emptiness by having promiscuous sex. Eventually, she gains control of her sexuality. (full text)
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Artiqua's teenage dream of boyfriends, partying, and staying out late will never become a reality, so long as her mother has anything to say about it. (full text)
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In junior high, the writer bet a friend that she would still be a virgin in her senior year of high school. She tells the story of how she won the bet. (full text)
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The writer has unprotected sex with his girlfriend. She becomes pregnant, has the baby, and cuts off all contact with the writer, who is devastated by guilt and anger. (full text)
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Sue’s boyfriend tells her that if she were a “real” Korean girl, she would listen to him when he told her what to do. (full text)
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The author has odd jobs and public assistance, but cannot make ends meet, so she sells sex for money. After a few months, she decides the emotional toll is too great. (full text)
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E.F. dates a boy who tells her, "I want to make you mine." That makes her feel special, but then he grows controlling and abusive. (full text)
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Imani notices Facebook posts saying that "THOTs" don't have the right to mourn Maya Angelou's death. Imani questions why women are still put down for being sexual. (full text)
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Anthony had a rough childhood and often retreated into daydreams to escape abuse. As he grows up, he pushes himself to live more in reality. (full text)
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The author suffers from the death of her grandmother, her mother's mental illness and withdrawal, and going into foster care. Isaac, first her friend, then her boyfriend, supports her, but she drives him away with her cutting. (full text)
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Donyaeh didn't get enough love from his parents, so he feels especially lucky to find Alina, a girlfriend who asks how he feels, comforts him when he's down, and provides an example of how to succeed. (full text)
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Margaret starts dating Daisy, who continues to see other girls, even as she accuses Margaret of cheating. Margaret tries to change herself to please Daisy, who gets downright abusive. (full text)
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Marlo is angry about the death of his mother and rebels against authority. He loses respect for girls until he meets Towanda, who is his intellectual equal. They support each other in straightening out their lives. (full text)
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The author's boyfriend begins pressuring her for sex, acting jealous, and hitting her. It's cheating, however, that's the last straw for her. (full text)
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Natasha interviews therapist Rebecca Weston about how to keep family trauma in your past from messing up your new relationships. (full text)
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The author meets Valencia online and they fall in love. When they finally meet in real life, they discover things about each other and about relationships. (full text)

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