Teen Girls Are Feeling More Empowered And More Objectified

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According to a new study

Growing up in a society that tells girls that they can be whatever they want and simultaneously sexualizes them from a very young age was bound to mess with young girls’ self-perceptions. A new nationally representative poll conducted by research and polling firm PerryUndem questioned 1,000 kids and teens ages 10-19, and found that the girls they polled felt more empowered yet more objectified than ever.

Girls were just as likely as boys to respond saying that they considered running for office when they grew up, and that math or science was their favorite subject. Seventy-five percent of respondents from both genders said that having a successful career was important to them, while one-third or less said they considered marrying and having children to be an important life goal. Girls were even more likely than boys to say that they considered being a leader to be an important aspiration.

But when it came to questions about their bodies, girls' answers varied drastically. The New York Times reports that “about three-quarters of girls 14 to 19 in the survey said they felt judged as a sexual object or unsafe as a girl,” and that "they said society considered physical attractiveness to be the most important female trait.” Around half of the girls polled said they have heard boys making sexual comments or jokes about girls on a daily basis, and a third of them had heard these comments from men in their own families.

On top of that, 81 percent of girls from age 14 to 19 said that they knew at least one friend who “had been asked by a boy for a sexy or naked photo.” Girls also said that they felt more pressure to put the feelings of other people before their own. With black and Latino respondents, the responses were even more conflicted: The study found that they “are more likely to have progressive attitudes about gender equality, but they’re also more likely to hear sexual comments from peers, and to feel pressure to be attractive or strong.”

It seems clear that these girls see their own intelligence and strength as their most important qualities, but they can see that the society they live in places the most value on their bodies.

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



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The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.