News | Topic: Girls

Drink Spiking a Problem on U.S. Campuses

Drink spiking may be prevalent on U.S. college campuses, and women are at much greater risk than men, new research finds.

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How To Deal With Adolescent Girls (And Their Parents) Who Think Their Genitals Look Weird

The reasons for adolescent girls’ increased interest and dissatisfaction in their appearance “down there” isn’t clear, but theories include the availability of images of genitalia on the Internet and the “idealization of the body, that there is one perfect body.”

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Strong Evidence For Double Standards Among Adolescents Regarding Sex

Adolescence is a developmental period of immense social, physical, and emotional change. In the midst of it all, both boys and girls face double standards regarding how peers react to sexual experiences, new Penn State research shows.

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Why Are More and More Teen Girls Getting Cosmetic Genital Surgery?

An increasing number of American teen girls are asking their doctors for cosmetic genital surgery, according to a new paper from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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Girls and Sex

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to sexuality, girls today are receiving mixed messages. Read the article from NPR’s Fresh Air here.

Social Media Can Leave Young Girls Vulnerable

A new book called “American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers” examines how easy it is for predators to befriend girls online.

The publication comes following a case in Virginia where two college students are charged with the murder of a young girl one of them had met online.

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Boys Victims of Dating Violence, Too

Contrary to what many people may think, teenage boys commonly suffer dating violence — including physical and emotional abuse, a new U.S. government study finds.

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Girl, Send Me a Frext

How female friends have turned sexting into an act of bonding and empowerment.

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1 in 4 College Women Report Unwanted Sexual Contact, New Survey Says

A quarter of undergraduate women surveyed at more than two dozen universities say they experienced unwanted sexual contact sometime during college.

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What Girls Should Demand

Melissa Edgington posts a powerful reminder for girls on her website “Your Mom Has A Blog.” Read the blog post here.

Teen Sexual Double Standard Impacts Circle of Friends

New research discovers early adolescent girls lose friends for having sex and gain friends for “making out,” while their male peers lose friends for “making out” and gain friends for having sex.

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U.S. Teen Turning More Often to Morning-After Pill

More than 1 in 5 sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill — a dramatic increase that likely reflects that it’s easier now for teens to buy the emergency contraceptive.

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The Teen Birth Rate Is Now At an All-Time Low

According to new federal data, the teen birth rate has hit a new record low.

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Lost Innocence: Why Girls Are Having Rough Sex at 12

Teenage girls are under more sexual pressure than ever before, so it’s time to stop judging and start helping them.

Read the article from the Australian Women’s Weekly here.

Rape Is Common Among Female College Freshmen, Study Shows

A new study of first-year women at a large private university in the Northeastern U.S. reveals that many freshman women have suffered some form of rape.

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Brands Target Tween Girls in Bid to Keep Them as Longtime Customers

Brands are tackling once awkward topics, such as menstruation, with a more conscious, humorous approach.

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