Creative | Posted by Melissa Banigan on 01/10/2014

Advice to My Thirteen-Year-Old Self

I was inspired to start Advice to My Thirteen-Year-Old Self, an anthology of advice letters written by fifty women to their teenage selves, because next year, my daughter will be turning thirteen. I want to give my girl, and other young women just like her from around the world, a “guidebook” into adulthood that doesn’t skirt around important issues such as sex, suicide, her body, cutting and depression … a book that also glorifies empowerment, freedom and self-love.

I’m working tirelessly to finish the anthology. Because I can only publish fifty letters in the book, but because over 1000 letters have been submitted from women and teen girls from countries such as Cambodia, Uganda, Peru and India, I’ve also started a website – an online community where women and

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 06/15/2013

Saturday Vids: “Ask A Grown Man” Featuring The Lonely Island

I assure you that everything about this video (part of Rookie‘s “Ask A Grown Man” series) is perfect. The Lonely Island officially gets the FBomb’s seal of approval.

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Feminism | Posted by Marie B on 09/5/2011

Introducing “FBomb Talks Sex”

Sex is probably one of the most taboo, yet most highly discussed topic in any teenager’s life. If you’re not talking about sex, you’re probably thinking about sex. Even if you manage to push all sexual thoughts from your head for a minute — something I’m still working on — you’re bound to be bombarded with some sex-laced commercial, reading, or comment. Regardless of the position you take on sex, it exists and that’s why each and every one of us is here.

We deal with slut shaming, virgin shaming and everything in-between on a daily basis. Now more than ever in a sex obsessed world girls need to own the fact that we are sexual beings. I’m neither encouraging people to sleep around or to keep their legs shut …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 05/17/2011

Looking Back: Advice For Teenage Feminists

Technically, I am done with high school. My classes are over. My AP tests have been taken (just barely…I pity the person grading my Stats AP). I am just a few weeks and random final presentations away from the day I actually graduate. My high school experience was less than ideal (and, really, whose isn’t?) but a funny thing happens when you reach this point in time (or, at least, a funny thing is happening to me). You start to feel nostalgic and sentimental anyway.

Maybe it’s the constant stream of slide shows consisting of childhood pictures that are presented. Maybe it was the bonding our senior class experience while planning senior pranks. Maybe it was the realization, every time I talked with somebody, that, “Huh, I didn’t realize

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Articles | Posted by Julie Z on 04/20/2011

An Interview with Glennis McMurray

Glennis McMurray is the founder and editor of the website, G.L.O.C. (TheGLOC.net) the first large-scale blog by and for all the Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy. Glennis is a seasoned musical improvisor having started and starred in the acclaimed I Eat Pandas (Time Out New York Critics Pick, ECNY Award-winner: Best Improv Group). She can now be seen performing with the NY cast of Baby Wants Candy every Saturday night at the SoHo Playhouse. In January 2011, her solo musical Disco Balls: Into the Light debuted at the Charleston Comedy Festival, and she was recently seen as Coach Betts in Half Straddle’s production of In The Pony Palace/Football at the Bushwick Starr. In addition to the two variety shows she produces, Dream Role and Supercream Supreme!, Glennis can

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 04/16/2011

Saturday Vids: Advice From Cartoon Princesses

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 03/26/2010

Josh Shipp on Prom

Hey everybody! So I’m doing the whole college visit thing this week so posting may be a little slow…also I don’t have that many submissions to draw from at the moment *cough cough submit stuff to juliez@thefbomb.org cough cough*

So I just thought I’d share teen advice guru Josh Shipp’s words of wisdom about prom, since that seems to be right around the corner.

If you’ve never heard of Josh Shipp, he’s actually this really awesome motivational speaker and teen advice dude. This is his deal:

He talks to teens as if they are equals and not naive morons as many adults tend to, and for that I’m thankful. This is his official site,  this is his teen advice site, and I hear he’s coming out with a book later …

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Feminism | Posted by Chelsea H on 10/28/2009

Dealing With Parents…

I live in an extremely Republican environment, and I identify as a Democrat. I am an extremely involved member in my Young Democrats Club at my school.  I was in the process of letting my mother know that I was campaigning for our upcoming local elections, and my stepdad cut me off and started arguing with me.

One of the things we argued about was gay rights.  I’m not homosexual, but I still don’t believe that heterosexuals have the right to tell others they can’t be gay. So with my quick wit, I won the argument. But then my stepdad asks, “Who’s the boy?”

I said, “There isn’t one.” (Because there isn’t.)
And he goes, “Well, when I was in high school, girls joined clubs to get the boy’s attention …

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