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High School: Activism

If we want to shift our culture to a place where sexual violence is unthinkable, we need to have conversations not only in our homes, but in our communities as well. If you have a fire to change things now, or if you see some sparks of activism in your children that you would like to nurture, you are in good company.

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How online abuse of women has spiraled out of control

Enough with online hate speech, sexual harassment and threats of violence against women and marginalized groups. It's time to take the global crisis of online abuse seriously. In this searching, powerful talk, Ashley Judd recounts her ongoing experience of being terrorized on social media for her unwavering activism and calls on citizens of the internet, the tech community, law enforcement and legislators to recognize the offline harm of online harassment.

How to practice safe sexting

Sexting, like anything that's fun, runs its risks — but a serious violation of privacy shouldn't be one of them. Amy Adele Hasinoff looks at problematic responses to sexting in mass media, law and education, offering practical solutions for how individuals and tech companies can protect sensitive (and, ahem, potentially scandalous) digital files.

Axe Tackles ‘Toxic Masculinity’ by Revealing How Deeply Young Men Struggle With It

In a matter of just a few years, Unilever’s Axe has gone from unabashedly (and often crassly) celebrating male stereotypes to forcefully opposing them. And its new campaign, from 72andSunny Amsterdam, represents its boldest step yet in combating what it’s now calling “toxic masculinity” and its debilitating effects on young men.

Meet the 13-Year-Old Girls Changing the Sexual Consent Conversation

Most parents who ask their kids about their middle school projects probably get an earful on dioramas of the planetary system or poster boards on Charlemagne―but not Tessa Hill's or Lia Valente's parents. Instead, they learned about how their 13-year-old daughters were busy making a documentary about rape culture for an eighth grade assignment.

Woke Feminist Men: Engaging Black Men and Boys on Sexual Violence Activism

In American classrooms, where black children are never granted the luxury of being thinkers, brainy dreamers and nerdy eccentrics, invulnerability becomes their default mode and safe space; protective armor from the criminalizing gaze of school police, administrators and teachers.  Inundated with racist pop culture images of violent black masculinity and hyper-sexualized black femininity, black boys in particular often struggle to define manhood in ways that aren’t based on hardness and controlling black girls and women.

Young men preventing sexual assault

When it comes to crimes like rape and sexual assault, the focus is shifting from prosecution and punishment to prevention. That means finding the cause of the problem and tackling it early on.

Teaching Courageous Kids How to Stand Up & Stop Bullying

When you ask parents what one of their biggest fears is when they send their kids off to school – a place that is intended to be nurturing and fostering personal and academic growth – bullying and encounters with “mean kids” is on every parent’s list.

We should all be feminists

When you ask parents what one of their biggest fears is when they send their kids off to school – a place that is intended to be nurturing and fostering personal and academic growth – bullying and encounters with “mean kids” is on every parent’s list.

7 Harmful Ways Parents Often Wield Adultism Against Their Kids

In the aftermath of my article on children’s rights to consensual hugging, wherein I posited that no kid should be forced to hug someone when they don’t want to, there was quite a divide from readers as to whether or not I was the Devil. While some people were pleased with the article – usually on the “Yes! This was what I had to deal with as a kid!” side of things – disapproving responses to the article included “You have no right giving parental advice when you’re not a parent” and “I know what’s best for my child.”

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