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Top of the News: Afternoon Edition

Teen girls are facing discimination in athletics, a transgender inmate vows to continue lawsuit against the state, the Massachusetts House sees a growing number of anti-choice lawmakers and more in today’s afternoon round-up!

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Toe-To-Toe: A Raw Look at What It’s Like to be a Teen Girl

Toe to Toe, Emily Abt’s independent feminist feature film premiering this week in New York, is one of the most painfully, beautifully accurate looks at being a high school girl I’ve seen in years.

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The Perfect Pantomime

What are our bodies telling us when we have an eating disorder?

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“Girls Particularly Cautioned”: Separate Spheres for the Status Quo

Sexism and misogyny are something that women in particular should not be exposed to, as if boys and men were somehow better equipped to handle the message. If anything, I’d argue the opposite.

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OMFG: Gossip Girl and the RNC

The truth of adolescent sexuality lies somewhere between the abstinence/childbearing catch-22 of the Republican party platform and the racy shock value of the teen soap Gossip Girl.

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Where Are The Doctors? Teens Risking STDs

Teenagers want doctors’ help with birth control and STD prevention. But very few of us provide it.

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Sexualizing Tweens for Profit: A Q&A with Gigi Durham

Journalism professor Gigi Durham talks to T.M. Lindsey about the media messages hitting teen girls, teen sexuality, and “Grand Theft Auto.”

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Pro-Choice Pols Shouldn’t Pander on Parental Notification

Barack Obama’s pandering on parental notification laws may never result in any legislation, but floating the idea that “even liberals” accept that it’s desirable to force 12-year-olds to give birth against their will degrades the national discourse on abortion.

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In Africa, Menstruation Can Be a Curse

Menstruation is perhaps one of the most ordinary individual female experiences but, in sub-Saharan Africa, the experience often impacts society as a whole negatively due to the absence of clean water, sanitation, and products to cope with menstrual flow.

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4 Out of 4 Teen Girls Need Better Sex Ed

The CDC recently reported that one in four teen girls, sexually active or not, has a sexually transmitted infection. But all four out of four teen girls need better prevention education to avoid STIs and make healthier decisions.

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