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Empowering Teenage Girls For Life's Moments


Dec, 2011


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From the moment that we are born, our parents, teachers, babysitters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, all encouraged us to play games. “There’s nothin’ better than a good ol’ game of Chutes and Ladders to cure a rainy day,” Pops would always say, slouched in his brown leather recliner while nursing a steaming cup of peppermint tea. “Why don’t you girls run along and play with your Barbies while mommy and I have a grown up talk,” Bubbie would often persuade as she stooped over the stove preparing Passover dinner.



Nov, 2011

Ready or Not: a phone playing a video of us

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I run into my house and slam the door.  The lock turns with a definitive click.  Safety. “Hi honey how was your day?” Asks my mom sitting at the kitchen counter, her perfectly manicured fingers flipping through the latest issue of Vogue. “Fine.” I lied. I could’ve told her about the red paint on my locker today. How it had stained my hands as I tried to wipe away the dripping “SLUT”.



Jun, 2011

Dear Julia: Tom is really cute, maybe too old for me?

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Dear Julia, “Jamie goes to college in the next town over and invited me to a party. A few friends and I decided to go. I went out front to make a phone call and bumped someone with the door. We talked for a while and I gave him my phone number. His name is Tom and he’s really cute. I like this guy, but he’s a few years older and I don’t really know him so I’m nervous …”



May, 2011

Dear Julia: I woke up next to him, I am not on birth control!

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Dear Julia, “Dan had a pretty wild party last night. His parents were out of town so his older brother bought us a keg. I am not a drinker but ended up playing a few rounds of beer pong and the last thing I remember is hanging out by the bonfire with Joe. We’ve been kind of dating, nothing official…we hang out a lot and talk every night. My plan was to stay at a friends house, but I woke up in bed with Joe…and I’m not on birth control!  […]