Category: Youth Culture

Laura Goode

No, There Are No Vampires in My YA Novel.

Laura Goode, Jan 26, 2010 6:48 AM

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 The Twilight phenomenon has monopolized media chatter for over a year now, and while many have vetted, bemoaned, and dissected the complicated sexuality of the ballad of Bella and Edward, few have done so in the greater context of Twilight’s paramount position in popular young adult fiction. Twilight, and our culture’s current vogue of vampires, reveals a subtly toxic sexual messaging still being slipped into the literature young American women are consuming en masse.

Full disclosure: I am a recovering teenage girl with a YA novel, Sister Mischief, coming out next year. In the early stages of conceptualizing SM, I realized that writing the book was a way of putting my money where my mouth was: giving young people access to candid, high-quality literature is important to me, so I figured I should try to produce some.

Eming Piansay

Friend and Foe: Richmond Rape Victim Betrayed by Attacker

Eming Piansay, Nov 6, 2009 12:03 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Richmond High student that was gang raped at her Homecoming dance has told police that one of her attackers was a “trusted friend”.

As if what happened to this poor girl could get any worse. Not only was she attacked by the group of abusers and not helped by those gawking as the rape took place, but this person was a “trusted friend”.

NAM Youth Communications Team

North Carolina College Gives Cash to Discourage Pregnancy

NAM Youth Communications Team, Nov 6, 2009 11:51 AM

Editor's note: This piece by Valerie Klinker originally appeared on YO! Youth Outlook.

When I first heard that some place is paying young teenage girls to not get pregnant I thought I misheard--this, to me, was shocking. I don’t know how someone can pay a person to not do what their body is naturally supposed to do.

I am a mother and I think anyone who gets pregnant should have the opportunity to make a decision on what he or she wants to do and if they are ready to grow up. The reason I say that is because after you have a child you are no longer living for yourself: you can’t do the things you want to do or spend money on just anything you want, you will be living for your baby, you will have to make sure that everything you do benefits your child. You will have to teach, nurture, care of and love them unconditionally.

NAM Youth Communications Team

Bay Bridge? No Thank You

NAM Youth Communications Team, Nov 4, 2009 3:18 PM

Editor's note: This post by Valerie Klinker originally appeared on YO! Youth Outlook.

As everyone knows, the Bay Bridge has been under emergency construction for the past week. Some people have said that the parts of the bridge had fallen, others said that a chunk fell into the ocean, but what happened was the metal was rubbing against each other, caused by the high winds. This caused two rods and a saddle to crash onto the roadway last Tuesday, October 27th.

Eming Piansay

Richmond Rape Victim Releases Statement at Vigil

Eming Piansay, Nov 4, 2009 10:51 AM

Last night at the candlelight vigil held in Richmond in support of the 15-year-old student who was brutally gang raped outside of her Homecoming dance, the victim herself released a statement to the public which read by her church pastor.

“We realize people are angry about this. But let the anger cause change, change that is necessary to keep our children, our neighbors and our friends safe.”

She also wrote in her statement, “violence is always the wrong choice.”