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Spite the power

This week in protest saw teens swarm the State House and tired bus drivers rally
While the economy has given us a collective jackboot to the groin, it has also seemingly stirred a civil discontent.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 11, 2009

Safe sext

Our anthropological observer of sex trends busies her fingers . . . with the world of raunchy texts. Plus, friends with benefits?
Blogging, vlogging, and social-networking have already hit orange-alert levels on the oversharing meter. Now pushing things into the red are "sext messages."
By YOUR SECRET ADMIRER  |  April 30, 2009

As young lovers do

Spring Awakening's musical bruises
The rock extravaganza Spring Awakening promotes the cliché of adolescent pain to serious grown-up status.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 22, 2009

Review: Mallu Magalhães

Vivo (2009)
Mallu Magalhães is a teenage girl from São Paulo who was raised on a steady diet of old Beatles, Dylan, and Johnny Cash records.
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  January 09, 2009

Unable to vote, teens volunteer

OMG campaigning
Come November 4, they won’t even be able to vote. But for some motivated teenagers, that disenfranchisement doesn’t translate into disinterest.  
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 22, 2008

As goes Gloucester?

Debating the ‘pregnancy pact’ will not make a surge in teenage motherhood   disappear
Waves of chatter wash over the city of Gloucester, where 17 high-school students are pregnant.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 25, 2008

Dance, Monkey: Hal Sparks

We put a visiting comic on the hotseat. This week's victim. . .
"They’re already experts at anal sex. They don’t need any advice from me."
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 27, 2008

Screwing the youth

When the budget gets tight, young people become an easy target  
Wole Akinbi was 16 when someone phoned to say his best friend had been shot.
By BRIAN C. JONES  |  August 20, 2007

Halloween is screwed

Two weeks ago a giggling gaggle of teenage girls walked into the Spirit Halloween store.
By CLAYTON CAMERON  |  November 01, 2006


Not worth saddling up
Director Michael Mayer’s tedious adaptation of Mary O’Hara’s 1941 novel about a boy and his filly swaps the lad for a teenage girl with daddy issues. Watch the trailer for Flicka  (QuickTime)
By ALICIA POTTER  |  October 18, 2006

Watch the film of the play

Behind the scenes
Last September, when Cathy Plourde directed 13 teenage girls in Ugly Ducklings , Carolyn Gage’s acclaimed play about homophobia at a girls’ summer camp, the cast had an audience long before opening night.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  September 13, 2006


Madonna alters female adolescence
This article originally appeared in the July 29, 1986 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  July 26, 2006

Everybody hurts

In short stories about messed-up teenage sex, alcholic parents, and other rebellions of the flesh, author Rachel Sherman rubs fiction readers the right way
"I don't usually find myself thinking anything's too fucked up," says Sherman. "I write what I want to."
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  May 31, 2006


Clichés and platitudes, with a little Lolita factor thrown in
Teenage girls are ripe for exploitation, especially by films that decry exploitation.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 10, 2006

Temporada de Patos|Duck Season

Restless energy creates a unique vibe
Two teenage boys have their Sunday ritual of video games and pizza disrupted in this ambling, low-key comedy from Mexican director Fernando Eimbcke.
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  March 14, 2006

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