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10 Things I Wish Someone Told Me as a Teenage Boy

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To get to the root of rape culture, and to create systemic changes to sexism and patriarchal domination, it is not sufficient to blame the media, or music, video games, or alcohol as the cause of violent behavior. Rather, we have to look at the ways entitlement and violence are socialized in boys as they…

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20 Gentle Quotations from Mister Rogers

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I know that as a child I watched Mister Rogers. But today, I couldn’t tell you what the show is about. I could sing some of the theme song, and I know he changed his shoes and put on a cardigan. But after reading these quotations, many of them from his book, I know that…

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8 Sex Positive Things You Can Say To Your Kids That Have Nothing To Do With Sex

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Consent, bodily autonomy, and agency are fundamental to sex positivity and healthy relationships. These concepts do not require explicit talk about sex in order to begin building that foundation early in a child’s life. From a very young age, lessons can be conveyed to children that everyone has a right to say no, to determine…

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12 Empowering Books to Add to Little Girls’ Bookshelves

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Despite the title of the article, the list highlights books that would be a great reading for children of all genders. It is not only little girls who would benefit from literature–and movies, TV shows, etc.–featuring strong, independent, and resourceful women and girl protagonists. Learning that men are not exclusively the main character in life’s…

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The Brilliant Way This Special Ed Teacher Starts Class Every Day

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Empathy is not easily taught, but it can be embodied, modeled, and experienced. Special Education teacher, Chris Ulmer has found a way to build students’ self-esteem by modeling an encouraging and positive atmosphere in his class. Rather than treating “special ed” as a punishment, or a result of failure, Ulmer takes time out of every morning…

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Tickled to to Consent: Teaching Little Boys that No Means No

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Tickling conveys incredibly confusing messages around consent, pleasure, discomfort, autonomy and agency to young children. Kids may ask to be tickled, but when they say to stop, or say no more, the tickling often continues. Sometimes tickling is used as a threat, although intended jokingly, it may be enacted as a form of punishment. This…

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Sex Ed That Turns Boys Into Men

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Sex Ed in the United States is often mediocre at best, and in the instance of abstinence-only education, harmful at worst. Children must be provided with accurate, honest, and upfront information about sexual activities, their bodies, consent, dialogue, pleasure, sexual and reproductive justice, and yes, even human rights, in an environment that is safe and…

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Hermione Granger And The Goddamn Patriarchy

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What if instead of being another young-adult novel told from the perspective of an entitled young white male with a savior complex, the Harry Potter series had been given a different type of narrator? We all know that without Hermione, Harry and Ron would have died in Book One allowing Voldemort to prevailed. Featuring fire,…

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