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Remembering My Teen Bully Remembering My Teen Bully

The bully moved to town in fourth grade, when social groups were already solidified and best friends were already established. As memory serves, he was the main antagonist in all my middle school stories. Legend has it that on his first day, he made his grand entrance by slipping and falling on a single Kleenex on the…

An Interview with the Boy (Now Man) Who Rejected Me in Seventh Grade An Interview with the Boy (Now Man) Who Rejected Me in Seventh Grade

Of all the emotions, it’s humiliation that scars the most deeply. The memory of an embarrassing moment that happened decades ago can still stop a person in their tracks and devastate them for days, weeks, or even a lifetime.

Emily's Teen Diary: 'Um... So... Casey Anthony.' Emily's Teen Diary: 'Um... So... Casey Anthony.'

Having just moved back into my childhood bedroom in my parents’ house after graduating college, I’m in a whirlwind process of going through all of my old stuff. I was always the kind of person to start a diary, write in it for maybe a week, and then give up, which is why I’ve come across a bunch of barely-used…

An Ode to Teen Hangout Spots An Ode to Teen Hangout Spots

Everyone had their spot. They were the places we went to chill, escape or eat, to laugh, make out or decompress, to rant about life-altering events and basically live out our lives free from stressful adults. In honor of Teen Week, these are the memorable places the Jezebel staff frequented as teens, either alone or…

What Do Teens Think About When They Think About HIV? What Do Teens Think About When They Think About HIV?

Teens today have never known a world where HIV was a certain death sentence. They missed the “plague years” of AIDS—the confusion, the pop-cultural discussions, the general feeling of hopelessness regarding the disease. This is sometimes referred to as “historical privilege.” It means that through no fault of their…

Julianne's Teen (Drug) Diary: 'I Feel Like the Floor Is Padded' Julianne's Teen (Drug) Diary: 'I Feel Like the Floor Is Padded'

I was 17 years old when I first experimented with LSD, late one weekend night while my mom was at work at one of her several jobs. Somehow I had procured a few hits of microdot acid, and with my two best friends—whose names are obscured here because they now have jobs and husbands and children and shit—we proceeded to…

What a Bonkers Book About Horny Cave People Taught Me About My Own Body What a Bonkers Book About Horny Cave People Taught Me About My Own Body

Tough as it may be for the modern teen to believe, once upon a time—back in the technological dark ages—we did not have easy access to Google and anatomically detailed fan fiction and high-speed internet porn and slow-motion Tumblr GIFs to satisfy our consuming curiosity about the human body. Instead, we were forced…

Blood and Guts in High School: How Seventeen Made 'Traumarama' Blood and Guts in High School: How Seventeen Made 'Traumarama'

As a teen, you could have read the wholesome Seventeen magazine for a lot of reasons. Maybe it was the tasteful fashion spreads pulled from mall outlets that were actual affordable. Or perhaps you memorized the stories from clean-cut boys on what they look for in a dream date. But for the more deranged among us, there…

The One YouTube Video That Can Guide Me Home The One YouTube Video That Can Guide Me Home

Some people have a lot of personal or family adolescent traditions, customs centered around summer camp reunions, Hebrew school, or post-soccer ice cream treats. I only have one personal tradition, and it’s watching a four-minute-and-23-second musical YouTube montage of the romantic odyssey of two characters I don’t…

Kelly's Teen Diary: 'I Feel Like Bridget Jones, Except Without the Alcoholism'

I spent a huge amount of high school wishing I had a boyfriend and self-consciously pretending I didn’t care about boys at the same time. Boys’ disinterest in me was near total, and I told myself not to sweat it because I was just wise beyond my years or perhaps intimidating to them, neither of which was remotely…

I Am Not a Teen I Am Not a Teen

In honor of Jezebel’s Teen Week, I would like to make a public service announcement, and it is this: I am not a teen.

Kate's Teen Diary: 'Do You Think It's Possible to Fall in Love at Age 12?' Kate's Teen Diary: 'Do You Think It's Possible to Fall in Love at Age 12?'

My year as an 8th grader in New York City was quite fraught; September 11th occurred just days into the school year, and as a result, life as I knew it was upended.

Clover's Teen Diary: 'Drowning in a Sea of Hopeless Emotions' Clover's Teen Diary: 'Drowning in a Sea of Hopeless Emotions'

All throughout high school, I spent an inordinate amount of downtime writing poems about love and loneliness. That era spawned not one but two notebooks full of emotional writing ranging from bad to atrocious—one was a hot pink spiral book, and the other had a 3D effect with clovers. At some point, I began to think…

Welcome to Jezebel's Teen Week  Welcome to Jezebel's Teen Week 

When I was a teen, all I wanted was to not be one anymore. I was disturbingly shy, my body had lumps that I had not yet figured out how to dress (will I ever?), all I wanted to do was kiss and listen to Fiona Apple in my car.

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