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The #FeminismIsForTeenMomsToo hashtag was created to both raise awareness and stimulate a much-needed dialogue on the shame and stigma of being a teen mom in our current society. I’ve been swept away, pushed aside, and disregarded as a teen mom and my many issues of concern have been entirely excluded from the mainstream feminist movement.

While the hashtag made over 900K impressions, I can barely see through the fog of negativity that we, as teen moms, must navigate through. Is my life going to be spent trying to convince …

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The teen pregnancy prevention [read: teen mom shaming] ads making headlines in New York City are offensive and are a part of a system that consistently degrades teen moms. What these public service announcements promote is a continuation of the unfair treatment of the young women who need support. It enables those who have personal agendas against teen moms to effectively use their disapproval to make their lives MUCH harder than it needs to be.

When teens become parents, they instantly become victims of discrimination, judgment, and stereotyping. They …

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***UPDATE:  Due to the work of activists and the ACLU, Delhi Charter School has agreed to revise the policy!  Learn more***

Natasha Vianna is a young mom and advocate for young parents; the Teen Parent Ambassador Coordinator for Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston and a freelance writer with Advocates for Youth.. After experiencing the isolation and discrimination of teen parenthood, she dedicated herself to changing the perception of young parents through blogging and public speaking. Find her on twitter @natashavianna.

Yesterday morning, I learned about Delhi Charter …

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Frequently, I overhear conversations about the way sexual education should be presented to adolescents. In middle school, sexual education was presented in a conventional manner. Slideshows consisted of scientific drawings of the reproductive organs and pamphlets were very general. "Abstinence is 100% effective!" they would read. 

In the eighth grade, we thought these classes were so hilarious because we could see how uncomfortable teachers felt and how naive they thought we were. Everything that was being explained was not news to us. This was ten years ago, so I …

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  Date rape drugs are the best friends of sexual assaulters. These drugs assist sexual offenders by making you weak and confused and sometimes even unconscious. They have no color, taste or smell virtually making it impossible to detect in your drink. Once you have ingested one of the drugs, you go into a daze leaving the opportunity for your violator to take advantage of you sexually.

The hardest part of being a victim of date rape is that you do not remember anything that happened. You may not …

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Are women and men truly from different planets? When we all landed on Earth, did we just inhibit a different sense of outlook on sexual relations?

Men who have multiple sex partners get high-fives from their friends. Women who have multiple sex partners are named trashy and other unmentionables. 

So, here we are facing the double standard that we have been trying to eliminate for decades. I guess it all takes time. Up until a few years ago, divorced women were frowned upon and that changed quickly. 

I get …

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What we introduce to our children at their earliest stages determines a lot of their decision making down the road. Everything we teach little girls make deep impacts on how they carry themselves. I am a young mother who made important decisions to improve my daughter’s future.

  • Television: I banned televisions two years ago. No public channels, no kids channels, and no cartoon channels. Why? Although some of these cartoons and kids shows are "safe" for children, they may display messages that I don’t agree with. Also, commercials aren’t always screened