politics

Activism 101

Want to step up and start standing up for the issues most important to you? Here's a few basics on how young activists can get started.

Male, Female, Other

An article about how we identify ourselves isn't dictated simply by hormones, or our genitals. The article explores the life of two intersex individuals and the struggles they've faced within and without growing up in a society that tries to 'normalize' children before they can ID what they feel is normal.

The Body

The Body is the comprehensive HIV resource with topics on HIV testing, prevention, myths, blood donation, and how HIV works and is treated. There are galleries, forums and chats for discussions of topics and to get questions answered.

NARAL

For more than 30 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has been the nation's leading advocate for privacy and a woman's right to choose.

Hip Mama

An online parenting webzine "bursting with political commentary and ribald tales from the front lines of motherhood" with blog entries, links to stories, recipes, news, chat and more.

From OW! to WOW! Demystifying Painful Intercourse

At least once every couple of days, someone posts or writes into Scarleteen reporting that vaginal entry -- usually intercourse or manual vaginal sex, and usually (but not always) with male partners -- is painful, uncomfortable, or unfulfilling for them. Whatever sort of vaginal entry we're talking about -- with fingers, a penis or a dildo, with partners of any gender -- not only doesn't have to be painful, it really shouldn't be. More than that, any kind of sex shouldn't be about a lack of pain, but about the presence of pleasure.

What? Bush nominates someone who'll support the extreme right to the Supreme Court?

I don't believe it! Who saw it coming? How could this happen?

(Yeah, I'm no more convincing with playacting than the administration is.)

In a completely unsurprising turn of events, following Bush's failed (though one has to wonder if it wasn't supposed to) attempt to bring the conservative-but-not-conservative-enough Gidget-esque Bush loyalist Harriet Miers into the O'Connor's Supreme Court seat, Bush has now brought in a candidate who Pat Robertson calls "a grand-slam home run."

A Calm View from the Eye of the Storm: Hysteria, Youth and Sexuality

When we look in the mirror as a culture, our tendency toward hysteria always seems to hover in our communal blind spot. We’re not very good at seeing when groups with a political or social agenda are manipulating us with fear, often the unreasonable, irrational fear of the taboo.