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Sex, social media and the pressure on teenage girls. GWEN IFILL: In the eight years since Apple unveiled its first smartphone, an entire generation of young users has spring up who never knew a world without a device in hand. That’s the starting point for the latest addition to the “NewsHour” Bookshelf, “American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers,” by journalist and author Nancy Jo Sales. She recently sat down with Hari Sreenivasan. HARI SREENIVASAN: Joining me now is author Nancy Jo Sales. So, what are the challenges that American girls are facing today that are different from the ones they have always faced?

NANCY JO SALES, Author, “American Girls”: Girls use social media lot. They’re on their phones a lot. And I think most parents are aware of that. So, really, the question is, what is happening there, and how are these kind of — some regrettable trends that we have seen happening for some time, such as the sexualization of girls, bullying, how are these moving on to phones and on to screens? NANCY JO SALES: Yes. Teenage Girls In Australia Feel A Greater Pressure To Have Sex Than Girls In Other Countries - Junkee. Meanwhile, Labor has officially killed off the plebiscite. Last night the federal government finally released a copy of the marriage equality bill it would attempt to pass in the event of a successful plebiscite. The proposed bill would scrap the reference to marriage being between “a man and a woman” and replace it with “two people”. But it would also allow ministers, civil celebrants and other organisations to legally discriminate against same-sex couples if they “conscientiously object” to their union.

The Coalition’s logic seems to be that getting rid of discrimination in one area, like marriage, needs to be balanced out by allowing it in another. According to the draft bill, religious ministers would be able to refuse to marry same-sex couples if they personally or religiously objected. Some in the Coalition, including Senator Eric Abetz, want all businesses to be able to refuse service. So what next for marriage equality? Girls as young as 7 feel pressure to be pretty – body confidence study | Life and style.

A third of seven- to 10-year-old girls believe that they are judged on their appearance and a quarter feel the need to be perfect, according to a study by Girlguiding UK. The charity’s annual girls’ attitudes survey, published on Tuesday, found that girls were suffering from a crisis in body confidence, with 61% of those aged seven to 21 feeling happy with how they look, down from 73% in 2011. The study – the largest annual research of its kind – suggests that girls as young as seven feel under pressure to be pretty. More than a third (35%) of seven- to 10 year-old girls agreed that women were rated more on their appearance than their abilities, and 36% said they were made to feel their looks were their most important attribute.

Campaigners said the findings showed the need to combat the “objectification and harassment … ruining girls’ lives”. The survey also revealed low levels of body confidence among girls. “Girls have told us to stop judging them on how they look. Cynthia Nixon reveals the pressure to be perfect while filming Sex And The City.

Cynthia Nixon has revealed she felt pressure to be 'thin and look great all the time' on Sex and the City. The 50-year-old actress - who played Miranda Hobbes in the iconic US TV series - made the admission in a discussion with Kristen Bell, Tracee Ellis Ross and Michelle Monaghan filmed for Net-a-Porter's magazine The Edit. She thinks Lena Dunham's Girls portrays women in a much more 'real' light and is much grittier and darker in tone than her show was. Asked which show has changed the game for actresses, she said: 'I think Girls is really important.

When sex was bad on Sex and the City it was funny. And the worse it was, the funnier it was. Candid: Cynthia Nixon (left) reveals she felt pressure to be 'thin' and 'look great' during her SATC years. Cover stars: The actresses teamed up to discuss the issues affecting women in Hollywood Everyone had their favourite girl from Sex and the City. Were you a Samantha? The ladies return in the 2008 Sex and the City movie Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Empowering Young Girls With Bright Lite Magazine | The Huffington Post.

My whole life changed when I had my daughter three years ago. Bringing a girl into the world is wonderful and scary. All I want to do is keep her safe, both physically and emotionally. When I was growing up, the message felt loud and clear: “If you don’t look like the girls you see in all the glossy magazines, then you are not enough.” Even as early as eight, I remember seeing the glamorous women in those magazines, with their perfect hair and perfect features, and thinking, “None of those women look like me. Where do I fit in?” I was a suburban kid who liked music and drawing and comic books. And girls today still face the same homogenized, airbrushed, glossy beauty ideals. Everything doesn’t have to look like a miniature version of some adult idea. What’s so great about being an adult anyway? What I wanted was to find a safe space.

So my partner Christa Renee and I started Bright Lite, an independent quarterly magazine for preteen girls, written by girls for girls. Why we are the key to helping young girls accept their looks. We thought we had it tough, us Generation X-ers, growing up with the size 0 debate raging around us and Heat magazine’s Circle Of Shame. How tame it all seems now. In their 2016 Good Childhood report, the Children’s Society stated that: ‘14% of 10 to 15-year-old British girls are unhappy with their lives as a whole and 34% with their appearance’.

Statistics are tossed around so often that it is easy to become inured to the meaning behind the figures, so to ensure that doesn’t happen: we have 10-year-old girls in our society that think they are ugly. ‘This finding should be a real cause for concern,’ says Peter Grigg, External Affairs Director for The Children’s Society. ‘This isn’t inevitable – girls in other countries are doing far better. ‘Girls who are unhappy with their appearance are at higher risk of developing mental health problems, so this isn’t a superficial issue. It needs to be tackled.’ Who, or what, is to blame? My life, happy and privileged as it is, suddenly doesn’t match up. Miss Phenomenal’s project to empower young girls. “We would also coach those young girls about life. We will be having girl talks with them and discuss challenges that they face as adolescents. We will advice them on how to tackle those challenges because we are more experienced than them.

We want those young girls to be women of virtue,” she said. As the pageant is mainly based on Christian values, Tsae added that they would teach those teen girls to love God and learn to put Him first. She said there was no way people can live without God’s guidance and protection. She added that they would also want to teach and advice them to love themselves, have a passion and work towards their dreams. Furthermore, Tsae explained that even though she has never modelled or been in a beauty contest before winning, she still believed that she would win the crown. “As a Christian lady, I felt it was fit to enter this pageant.

Girl child on different perspectives of life,” she said. “My class and schoolmates supported me. Daughter debates: Should young girls wear make-up out the house? - Al Arabiya English. Since the dawn of time, toddlers have enjoyed mimicking their parents. Whether it’s playing their part in the supermarket shop or answering the telephone, many mums will also find that their little girls want to “have a turn” with their lipsticks and eyeshadows at a very young age. It’s something I’ve always been conscious of and have tried hard to keep my daughter away from my make-up bag. That need to change your face before going out into the world each morning is something I really don’t want her to inherit. So I was disappointed when Russian model Elena Perminova uploaded a video of her applying lipstick to her daughter. She could have been reading her a book, making her a den or painting a picture with her instead of applying make-up.

But am I being over the top? Rachel Backhouse certainly thinks so. As a hairdresser, make-up artist and owner of The Complete Fakeover salon, Rachel says make-up is something that brings her great enjoyment so why should she deny her daughter? LGBT bullying at 'high rate' in Scotland's schools. Image copyright AFP Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pupils are still experiencing high rates of bullying in schools, according to campaigners. LGBT Youth Scotland said the pupils were also not confident about reporting abuse to staff.

The charity called for strong leadership from schools and local authorities on the bullying. The Scottish government said a new anti-bullying strategy had been developed with LGBT organisations. Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying at school can have a devastating impact on young people's mental health and cause them to leave education early, according to the charity's research. LGBT Youth Scotland said its study went on to show transgender youngsters have a particularly difficult time at school and face even higher levels of bullying than their LGB peers. The organisation has teamed up with the Time for Inclusive Education campaign to highlight the issue and demand further action. Move school Teacher education. UK to censor online videos of 'non-conventional' sex acts | Technology. Web users in the UK will be banned from accessing websites portraying a range of non-conventional sexual acts, under a little discussed clause to a government bill currently going through parliament.

The proposal, part of the digital economy bill, would force internet service providers to block sites hosting content that would not be certified for commercial DVD sale by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). It is contained within provisions of the bill designed to enforce strict age verification checks to stop children accessing adult websites. After pressure from MPs, the culture secretary, Karen Bradley, announced on Saturday that the government would amend the bill to include powers to block non-compliant websites.

In order to comply with the censorship rules, many mainstream adult websites would have to render whole sections inaccessible to UK audiences. Free speech campaigners labelled the move a “prurient” invasion into people’s sexual lives. Proportion of teenage mothers at 'lowest in decades' Proportion of teenage mothers at 'lowest in decades' Sex education does not reduce teen pregnancy or STIs, review finds. An international review has found that sex education does not reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy or incidences of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). A comprehensive Cochrane review of studies from around the world combined the data from more than 55,000 young people, aged on average between 14 and 16. The review follows a suggestion from Education Secretary Justine Greening in September, to make sex education mandatory in all schools.

Reviewed measurable outcomes The review restricted its focus to studies featuring measurable biological outcomes, from records or tests of pregnancy and STIs. Data was collected from England, Scotland, South Africa, Chile, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Dr Amanda Mason-Jones, a lead researcher at York University, commented: "Previous studies have focused on self-reported outcomes only - this is the first review and meta-analysis to look at only measurable biological outcomes. " 'No effect' Sex ed 'reflects liberal sexual norms' Porn watching teens are more likely to become sexual predators according to a new study.

Teenagers who watch pornography are more likely to become a sexual predator, research suggests. Cutting their access to sexually explicit content could prevent them from becoming rapists, scientists claim. But despite the easy access to pornography, other methods could also help to cut down on sexual abuse cases. Improving sex education at school and teaching youngsters to respect their future partners could prevent deviant behaviour, experts say.

Watching porn as a teenager makes you more likely to sexually abuse someone, a study found Researchers from the University of Melbourne asked 14 teenagers what could have been made different in their life to have prevented their sexual abusive behaviour. Of the participants, three directly attributed their behaviour to their pornography consumption. While they also highlighted the need to improve sex education as a way to promote respectful relationships. Australian teen opens up about her porn addiction Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% MinimizeExpandClose. Sex education is NOT cutting rates of STIs or pregnancies, but cash could work. Sex education is failing to improve teenage sexual health or cut pregnancies, scientists warn. School-based initiatives targeting HIV and a range of other sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) had no impact on reducing rates.

But cash payments to encourage students to stay on at school and put their studies before partying could help, new research suggests. School-based initiatives targeting HIV and a range of other sexually-transmitted infections had no impact on reducing rates, new research found In the first review of its kind, researchers studied eight trials involving more than 55,000 pupils from England, Scotland, South Africa, Chile, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Malawi. They found school-based initiatives targeting STIs and underage pregnancies had no impact on cutting rates. However, they did find monthly cash payments to encourage pupils to continue their education did 'significantly' reduce the number of pregnancies.

Channel 4's Living and Growing shows a couple 'doing it' Compulsory sex education in schools call from Darlington's Youth MP. Please sign in or subscribe to read more articles “ Unrivalled journalism and local news coverage, wherever and whenever you need it, in a format to suit you. The Editor, The Northern Echo Please enable cookies to read the full article. You've read articles in the last 30 days. Sign-in to read more or subscribe for unlimited access Subscribe for unlimited access Why subscribe? Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Lorem ivelit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Teens 'drink enough sugar for cola bath'

The Art of Eating. Naked Wants to Change the Weight Loss Game With a 3D Home Body Scanner. The latest innovation in Silicon Valley comes in the form of a sci-fi-like magic mirror. Dubbed “Naked,” the 3D fitness tracker wants to change the body measurement game by offering users the ability to determine their own body fat measurement from home. The device works through a series of Intel RealSense Depth Sensors, which scan your body while the Bluetooth-connected scales act as a turntable. The end result is a full 3D scan of your body in 20 seconds. All of the information is then delivered to you through an accompanying app, letting you track your body’s changes over time. The scanner also gives you a “heat map,” which shows you exactly where your body is growing muscle or gaining fat in real time.

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