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Oh My Stars and Garters

Girl Says She Was Booted From Prom For Wearing That Most Scandalous of Attire: Pants

No, not pants! Anything but pants! *gasssssssp*

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Essay

Mean Little Girls: Thoughts On Indie Game Journal

Journal is a game with problems. I was on board with so many things about it — wandering through the pages in a notebook, the shadow puppet interludes, the mystery of a young girl whose beloved diary has gone blank. It’s a simple game, one that revolves around talking to other characters and piecing the story together. I’m normally all for adventure games of this sort, but I had trouble getting into this one. The wandering was too open-ended, leaving me sometimes at a loss for what I should do next. There were incongruous moments where a character would reference a past event, and my character had full knowledge of what they were talking about. Weren’t we supposed to be filling in the blanks together? Apparently not. The effect left me feeling distanced from the story.

It wasn’t until the day after, when I started reflecting on the game, that it started to bother me. Really bother me. The more I thought about it, the more I didn’t want to write about it. I wanted to let this one lie. The nameless protagonist of Journal is a young girl, who I placed somewhere between eleven and fourteen. That’s an age range I do not like thinking about. And even though Journal’s girl was wrestling with things that I largely did not, the way she reacted to them left me feeling bruised.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Nerd Girl With Amazing Sense of Humor Takes her Calculator to Prom

According to Tumblrer I Ship It Like UPS, as documented by a suite of photos, nobody asked her to prom, so she decided to take somebody who’d had a real and lasting effect on her academic progress: her TI-84.

I have to admit: it’s a pretty snazzy dresser.

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Meddling Kids

Teenager Really, Really Needs To Get Online, Drugs Parents’ Milkshakes So They Pass Out

You’ve heard the saying, “beware Greeks bearing gifts,” yes? How about teenagers bearing milkshakes? No? Well you’re about to become familiar with it. A California teen just absolutely had to get on the internet one night and since her parents wouldn’t allow it, she drugged them. 

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I'll Allow It

Jon Hamm Gives Advice to Teenage Girls, Because He Is a Grown Man and Can Offer His Perspective [Video]

For some great reason, Jon Hamm has taken it upon himself to offer advice to some teenage girls who asked questions on the internet. Because he is a grown man, and he might know a thing or two about life. Like how guys don’t care about a girl’s farts, because everyone farts. But when it comes to sex, maybe stick to just making out, because that’s “super fun.” Who are we to argue with Jon Hamm? We’re not going to argue with Jon Hamm. As he’d tell us, “Enjoy The Hunger Games!”

(via Vimeo)

Clever Girl

17-Year-Old Invents Low-Cost Mine Detector Using Sound Waves

I’d say I’m sick of hearing about teenagers doing more than I’ll ever accomplish in my entire life but I can’t do it, honestly. These kids are amazing. The latest? Seventeen-year-old Marian Bechtel. She’s a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search thanks to a low-cost device she created that can detect land mines using sound waves. Yup, like I said, amazing. 

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What Boys Think of Girls

Facebook Message Targets Girls Without Prom Dates — And Worse

Today in “How Do We Keep Our Children Off of Facebook Forever”: A message sent on Facebook to students in Ipswich, Massachusetts that listed female students without prom dates was followed by another message outlining the sexual experience of junior girls at the same school. This, naturally, upset many people besides the girls who were named, and police are investigating to see who wrote the original message. Sad possibility: this could have been written by boys or girls.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Photo Collection of Girls In Their Bedrooms

Remember your bedroom as a teenager? Plastered with posters, evidence of your budding social life, the graffiti of youth … Photographer Rania Matar has conducted a project for which she photographs teenagers in the United States and the Middle East, at home in their bedrooms. And it just goes to show, there’s no wrong way to be a girl. (And being one hasn’t changed too much, either — there’s surely a picture of my Jim Carrey/movie geek wallpaper floating around somewhere.)

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