Sunday Reflections: What It’s Like to Be a 14 Year Old Girl
The news has been full lately of issues regarding sex, sexuality and women’s issues. A judge recently declared that a 14-year-old was just as responsible as the 59-year-old man that she had sex with; she later took her own life and the man will serve on 30 days in jail. Salon recently ran an article looking at the various ways that we talk about the age of teenage girls, it’s interesting and you should take a look. And a mother wrote a letter to teenage girls on the Internet suggesting that once a boy sees you as a sexual being, he can never see you as anything else. Reading all of these articles got me thinking: What was I like as a teenage girl? This is what I wrote.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with asking our teens to be thoughtful about how they present themselves on the Internet; that is actually a good conversation to be having. But instead of focusing on how teenage girls need to “take responsibility”, let’s change the conversation: we all need to take responsibility for our actions and our thoughts.
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And just to prove it is not one sided, this man apparently will serve no jail time even though he has admitted to having sex with several young men to “rape the gay” out of them. We are failing our children.
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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