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Girls, School, and Target: INDEPENDENT LIKE Voices There is a way to revent so many eenage girls being depreΕ‘sed - but no one wants to admit it ity the girl who's wearing a bra before she leaves primary school already she's ventured over the top, into a no man's land of groping, cat calls and adult disapproval ithelpstodream: excerpt: β€œIf girls say they are depressed, we owe it to them to listen. Furthermore, we can no longer afford to ignore the effect of a highly gendered culture on the mental wellbeing of girls. If we’re able to draw links between masculinity and high suicide rates in men, we can surely do the same with femininity and female despair. If the past is another country, female adolescence is a war zone. Puberty transforms you into a walking target overnight. If you’re lucky, other girls get there before you and become your shields. Pity the girl who’s wearing a bra before she leaves primary school; already she’s ventured over the top, into a no man’s land of groping, cat calls and adult disapproval. Girls need support in getting through this. They need coping methods. But they also need a different society, one which permits them to take up space, to express their fears and passions rather than internalise them. It should not be the role of mental health services to patch girls up and arm them to face another onslaught of patriarchal slings and arrows. There has to be a ceasefire. Girls shouldn’t have to be so brave.” read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/mental-health-teenage-girls-quarter-rise-patriarchy-sexism-abuse-a7957441.html

ithelpstodream: excerpt: β€œIf girls say they are depressed, we owe it to them to listen. Furthermore, we can no longer afford to ignore the...

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Memes, Blaze, and Let It Go: This Rape Survivor and the Man Who Raped Her Have Teamed Up To Tell Their Story bit.ly/2kS62Vt It's late in the evening Glass on the side I've been sat with you For most of the night Ignoring everybody here We wish they would disappear So maybe we could get down now I don't wanna know If you're getting ahead of the program I want you to be mine, lady To hold your body close Take another step into the no-man's land For the longest time lady I need you darling Come on set the tone If you feel you're falling Won't you let me know Oh-Oh-Oh-Ooh-Oh Oh-Oh-Oh-Ooh-Oh If you love me Come on, get involved Feel it rushing through you From your head to toe Oh-Oh-Oh-Ooh-Oh Oh-Oh-Oh-Ooh-Oh Sing! Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh Louder! Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh Sing! Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh This love is a blaze I saw flames from the side of the stage And the fire brigade comes in a couple of days Until then we got nothing to say and nothing to know But something to drink and maybe something to smoke Let it go until our roads are changed Singing we found love in a local rave No, I don't really know what I'm supposed to say But I can just figure it out and hope and pray I told her my name and said, "It's nice to meet ya." Then she handed me a bottle of water filled with tequila. I already know she's a keeper Just from this one small act of kindness, I'm in deep shit if anybody finds out I'm meant to drive home but I've drunk all of it now, not Sobering up we just sit on the couch One thing led to another Now she's kissing my mouth I need you darling Come on set the tone If you feel you're falling Won't you let me know Oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh Oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh If you love me Come on, get involved Feel it rushing through you From your head to toe Oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh Oh-oh-oh-oh-ooh Sing! Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh Louder! Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh Sing! Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh Can you feel it? All the guys in here don't even wanna dance Can you feel it? All that I can hear is music from the back Can you feel it? Found you hiding here so won't you take my hand darling Before the beat kicks in again Can you feel it? Can you feel it? Sing!
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