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Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is the debut memoir of writer T Kira Madden. Published in March, the book has be...
11/26/2019
"Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls" made me feel seen

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is the debut memoir of writer T Kira Madden. Published in March, the book has been praised by NPR, The New York Times, and writers like Mary Gaitskill and Claire Vaye Watkins

The summer after I graduated from high school in 2017, I read Mara Wilson’s autobiography Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame. The book chronicles Wilson’s teenage years away from the limelight after her career as a child actor. While starring as Matilda in the 1996 film...

Hi, Adolescent readers! Happy almost Thanksgiving. This week, we’re crushing on Yves Esapa—an Orlando-based photogra...
11/25/2019
@dolescent member crush: Yves Esapa

Hi, Adolescent readers! Happy almost Thanksgiving. This week, we’re crushing on Yves Esapa—an Orlando-based photographer whose work ranges from portrait to editoria

This is a weekly series where we feature our incredibly talented Adolescent members and their work! Sign up here to join the Adolescent Membership and be part of the @ family!

11/23/2019
Masturbation

"Whether you’re religious or not, female masturbation is still pretty taboo. I hope that making an honest film about my experiences will help others feel good about indulging in masturbation, too." Sophie May, director of "Masturbation"

Hi Adolescent community, we're currently looking for youth creators between the ages of 14 - 17! If you know someone who...
11/22/2019

Hi Adolescent community, we're currently looking for youth creators between the ages of 14 - 17! If you know someone who fits this description please tag them in the comments below.

Here is your weekly round-up of current events for this week 🗞✨
11/22/2019

Here is your weekly round-up of current events for this week 🗞✨

"My work is about desexualization. The overwhelming red in my photographs is an overt reference to Chinese culture, but ...
11/21/2019
Let's not have the talk

"My work is about desexualization. The overwhelming red in my photographs is an overt reference to Chinese culture, but it’s also about untapped passion and desire."

Growing up in Hong Kong and in a Chinese household, the topic of sex remains very taboo. It took a long time for me and my friends to be open about our sexual desires. This made me wonder—were we all just a bunch of late bloomers, or were we being subjugated by a compulsive need to be secretive an...

So what are the most divisive beauty products out there—and more importantly, why do people feel quite so strongly?
11/19/2019
The most divisive beauty products on the market

So what are the most divisive beauty products out there—and more importantly, why do people feel quite so strongly?

Ah, the beauty industry. Not only does it give us some of the most mood-enhancing, joy-spreading products out there—it’s also like one of the biggest clubs in the world. Everyone has at least some tangential connection to the world of beauty products, and that means everyone out there has some s...

Satisfaction
11/18/2019
Satisfaction

Satisfaction

I stand 6’2” tall and walk queer—all pointed angles, limbs, and joints, and a pansy to boot. At every moment of my life, I’ve been all too aware of the space I take up, physically, emotionally, and politically. In response, I’ve spent most of my life trying to fill a container shaped and l...

11/16/2019
Rebirth

Who hasn't wished they were someone else at some point or another? Who hasn't tried to change themselves to fit in? "Rebirth" by Emilie Cheung

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11/15/2019

Here is your weekly round-up of current events for this week's news cycle 🗞✨

Mainstream feminism doesn’t teach me what to do, just who not to be.
11/14/2019
I think I might be a hypocritical feminist

Mainstream feminism doesn’t teach me what to do, just who not to be.

During playdates, my friends and I would push toddler-sized shopping carts around in which our babies and our plastic fruits would sit. We would feign exasperation: ugh, it was time to change our synthetic baby’s nonexistent diaper. 

Online dating really was a learning curve that helped me discover more of myself.
11/12/2019
Is online dating worth trying out?

Online dating really was a learning curve that helped me discover more of myself.

Left. Left. Ooh, right. Left. Over the last several months, I’ve been swiping left and right, looking at countless mirror selfies and dudes holding giant fish, reading cheesy pickup lines, and engaging in late-night flirty text conversations. Why? 

Since I hit puberty, I’ve been fascinated with our connection to our bodies. Like a lot of folks, I thought porn was i...
11/11/2019
As a disabled person, I masturbate for sexual empowerment

Since I hit puberty, I’ve been fascinated with our connection to our bodies. Like a lot of folks, I thought porn was interesting.

Since I hit puberty, I’ve been fascinated with our connection to our bodies. Like a lot of folks, I thought porn was interesting. Not the making of it or the fakeness of it, but the idea that people are entertained by something that’s the opposite of real life—sexual science fiction, if you wi...

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11/09/2019

Here is your weekly round-up for this week's current events 🗞✨

Living as an able-passing person is kind of like being a spy. I look healthy, but I’m constantly enduring pain and exh...
11/07/2019
My thoughts on passing as able-bodied

Living as an able-passing person is kind of like being a spy. I look healthy, but I’m constantly enduring pain and exhaustion and emotional distress.

When I was 14, I was diagnosed with an invisible genetic disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility Type—which causes my joints to dislocate frequently. Because of this I was unable to complete high school, and so I instead opted for a GED. 

With her distinct style, it’s no surprise Dianna has caught the attention of larger names in the music industry like S...
11/06/2019
Lessons in being fluid: a Q&A with Dianna Lopez

With her distinct style, it’s no surprise Dianna has caught the attention of larger names in the music industry like SZA, Tyler the Creator, and Raveena.

Fluidity. That’s the title of up-and-coming “bedroom-born” indie artist Dianna Lopez’s upcoming EP. It’s also the feeling you get when you watch her videos.

Is online dating worth trying out?
11/05/2019
Is online dating worth trying out?

Is online dating worth trying out?

Left. Left. Ooh, right. Left. Over the last several months, I’ve been swiping left and right, looking at countless mirror selfies and dudes holding giant fish, reading cheesy pickup lines, and engaging in late-night flirty text conversations. Why? 

We want to introduce you to our newest Member Crush, Victor Cornejo. This 19-year-old Gen Z creator was born and raised ...
11/04/2019
@dolescent member crush: Victor Cornejo

We want to introduce you to our newest Member Crush, Victor Cornejo. This 19-year-old Gen Z creator was born and raised in Mexico; now based in Chicago, Victor is represented by Adolescent as a photographer.

This is a weekly series where we feature our incredibly talented Adolescent members and their work! Sign up here to join the Adolescent Membership and be part of the @ family!

Here is your weekly roundup of this week's current events.
11/02/2019

Here is your weekly roundup of this week's current events.

Is online dating worth trying out?
11/01/2019
Is online dating worth trying out?

Is online dating worth trying out?

Left. Left. Ooh, right. Left. Over the last several months, I’ve been swiping left and right, looking at countless mirror selfies and dudes holding giant fish, reading cheesy pickup lines, and engaging in late-night flirty text conversations. Why? 

With The Pinch, I wanted to tap into the untold narrative that one’s culture contains.
10/30/2019
The pinch

With The Pinch, I wanted to tap into the untold narrative that one’s culture contains.

I’m a film photographer based in Los Angeles who has spent the better part of 2019 documenting the live music scene and reimagining traditional portrait photography. It’s through this viewpoint that I’ve been able to become more adept at conducting grander, more elaborate projects, which has l...

Afropunk for many of us is one of the few spaces where the black community can escape the never-ending evils of cultural...
10/29/2019
Talking appropriation and radical blackness at Afropunk Atlanta 2019

Afropunk for many of us is one of the few spaces where the black community can escape the never-ending evils of cultural erasure.

Afropunk, derived from the intersection of black culture and punk politics, is an evolution of revolutionist ideals fed into music, a phenomenon that became a space and a culture. Now, it is the festival for black punks, alt kids, and artists. On the weekend of October 12th, it came to the ATL—the...

Perhaps the biggest reason why I needed to leave therapy was that I’d lost motivation to take responsibility for my ow...
10/28/2019
Why I left therapy

Perhaps the biggest reason why I needed to leave therapy was that I’d lost motivation to take responsibility for my own actions.

More people are going to therapy than ever before. It’s become so popular, in fact, that millennials have been nicknamed the “Therapy Generation.” When I was 14, after years of struggling with my mental health, I agreed to start seeing a therapist. And while I attribute a lot of personal growt...

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10/26/2019

Here is your weekly round-up for this week's current events 🗞✨

This photo series documents my first time at the Afropunk Music festival in Brooklyn.
10/25/2019
My first time at Afropunk

This photo series documents my first time at the Afropunk Music festival in Brooklyn.

This photo series documents my first time at the Afropunk Music festival in Brooklyn. Often focused on the human experience, my work slaloms between portrait, documentary, and fashion as it explores the stories of unheard voices; in the past, I’ve engaged with subjects like blackness, home, and se...

My childhood home, only 20 minutes outside of Miami, was a manifestation of the America that my Haitian-born parents env...
10/23/2019
Haitian diaspora

My childhood home, only 20 minutes outside of Miami, was a manifestation of the America that my Haitian-born parents envisioned.

My childhood home, only 20 minutes outside of Miami, was a manifestation of the America that my Haitian-born parents envisioned. In the realms of the evenly cut, lush green hedges, we were safe. It was their American dream—a clear departure from their tough upbringing in Port-au-Prince. When I loo...

It’s easy to dismiss these hardships as something you can’t do much about. But whether you have loved ones that are ...
10/22/2019
Gen-Z Muslims tell us five ways to be allies

It’s easy to dismiss these hardships as something you can’t do much about. But whether you have loved ones that are Muslim or are just ready to stop the cycle of hate, here are some ways to be an ally and stand up for your Muslim friends.

Muslims face discrimination for practicing their faith and being authentically themselves too often. Living in Trump’s America is difficult for any minority group, and terms like “terrorist” and “Muslim ban” have turned an identity into a political weapon. It’s easy to dismiss these hard...

I became obsessed with asking myself why I was so sensitive, photographing myself constantly in an attempt to find the a...
10/21/2019
Self-portraits as therapy

I became obsessed with asking myself why I was so sensitive, photographing myself constantly in an attempt to find the answer.

In the fall of 2017, I was studying abroad in the South of France. Bon Iver had just released a single off their soon-to-come album 22, A Million, which later became the soundtrack to my entire trip. The single was called “33 “GOD,’” and I listened to it over and over. I was a junior in col...

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10/18/2019

Here is your weekly round-up of current events for this week 🗞✨

Contrary to what many may think, the Muslim community is full of diverse groups and connected by core beliefs, despite r...
10/17/2019
These Gen-Z youth are disrupting Muslim media

Contrary to what many may think, the Muslim community is full of diverse groups and connected by core beliefs, despite ranging in the ways they practice their faith.

Armed with a tote, laptop coated with anti-Zionist stickers, and cheap coffee, Ameer Al-Khatahtbeh disrupted social media when he launched Muslim* early this year across all social media platforms. Working closely with the well-known Muslim women’s media site MuslimGirl on The Post-Up newsletter...

Some call it Columbus Day, but an increasing amount of people are recognizing it as something else entirely: a day devot...
10/16/2019
Reflecting on Indigenous People's Day

Some call it Columbus Day, but an increasing amount of people are recognizing it as something else entirely: a day devoted to honoring and celebrating the people who were annihilated and whose land was stolen.

Yesterday was a national holiday. Some call it Columbus Day, but an increasing amount of people are recognizing it as something else entirely: a day devoted to honoring and celebrating the people who were annihilated and whose land was stolen. A surviving people. A hopeful people. Yesterday was Indi...

Trying out editorial makeup is intimidating. High-fashion looks require a ton of technical skill—plus, they can be sim...
10/15/2019
How to do glossy eye makeup at home

Trying out editorial makeup is intimidating. High-fashion looks require a ton of technical skill—plus, they can be simply “too much” for day-to-day life.

Trying out editorial makeup is intimidating. High-fashion looks require a ton of technical skill—plus, they can be simply “too much” for day-to-day life.

Focus on the youth: Atlanta-based musician Pryce talks culture and collaboration
10/10/2019
Focus on the youth: Atlanta-based musician Pryce talks culture and collaboration

Focus on the youth: Atlanta-based musician Pryce talks culture and collaboration

Around February, Put Me On Management reached out to let me know Pryce would be releasing an album. As part of Sesh Collectiv, a film collective based at Howard University, I’d seen him perform before and had prepared to interview him at his release party. That was put on hold, though. In June, Pr...

From St. Vincent to New York: designer Mashell Goodluck talks NYFW
10/08/2019
From St. Vincent to New York: designer Mashell Goodluck talks NYFW

From St. Vincent to New York: designer Mashell Goodluck talks NYFW

This year, Adolescent Content had the great privilege of sitting down with Mashell Goodluck, the designer behind F.V.W.L (From Vincy With Love) after his show “Letters to Anonymous” for NYFW S/S 2020. Mashell is a Vincentian designer and stylist whose designs have graced shows across America, fr...

Hey, Adolescent! Happy October. This week, our Member Crush is Amarie Baker—a queer black visual artist who works in t...
10/07/2019
@dolescent member crush: Amarie Baker

Hey, Adolescent! Happy October. This week, our Member Crush is Amarie Baker—a queer black visual artist who works in the realms of collage, film, and digital illustration.

Hey, Adolescent! Happy October. This week, our Member Crush is Amarie Baker—a queer black visual artist who works in the realms of collage, film, and digital illustration. Her work is experimental and full of dream-like colors, challenging its viewers to rethink conventional concepts. While the in...

Thanks to climate change, young people are officially in panic mode. And because of this, events like London Fashion Wee...
10/06/2019
Our favorite sustainable designers

Thanks to climate change, young people are officially in panic mode. And because of this, events like London Fashion Week are calling into question their own implications for the environment.

Thanks to climate change, young people are officially in panic mode. And because of this, events like London Fashion Week are calling into question their own implications for the environment.

Here is your weekly round-up of current events for this week 🗞✨
10/05/2019

Here is your weekly round-up of current events for this week 🗞✨

The spectacle of a Hollywood relationship, the whirlwind of a couple photos, the grand, public gestures of “love.” C...
10/04/2019
Reality versus fiction

The spectacle of a Hollywood relationship, the whirlwind of a couple photos, the grand, public gestures of “love.” Can we even coin it that without second-guessing the truth?

The spectacle of a Hollywood relationship, the whirlwind of couple photos, the grand, public gestures of “love.” Can we even coin it that without second guessing the truth? We are obsessed with everything about these “It-couples,” every infidelity and every engagement. Their lives, even the ...

Thanks to climate change, young people are officially in panic mode. And because of this, events like London Fashion Wee...
10/03/2019
Our favorite sustainable designers

Thanks to climate change, young people are officially in panic mode. And because of this, events like London Fashion Week are calling into question their own implications for the environment.

Thanks to climate change, young people are officially in panic mode. And because of this, events like London Fashion Week are calling into question their own implications for the environment.

The spectacle of a Hollywood relationship, the whirlwind of couple photos, the grand, public gestures of “love."
10/02/2019
Reality versus fiction

The spectacle of a Hollywood relationship, the whirlwind of couple photos, the grand, public gestures of “love."

The spectacle of a Hollywood relationship, the whirlwind of couple photos, the grand, public gestures of “love.” Can we even coin it that without second guessing the truth? We are obsessed with everything about these “It-couples,” every infidelity and every engagement. Their lives, even the ...

I see this project as a very personal and simple comparison video — a way of showing that we are not that different fr...
10/01/2019
Body Dichotomy

I see this project as a very personal and simple comparison video — a way of showing that we are not that different from one another. My partner and I filmed each other, and as the making of the video was happening, we could recognize our own characteristics reflected in the other's body.

I see this project as a very personal and simple comparison video—a way of showing that we are not that different from one another. My partner and I filmed each other, and as the making of the video was happening, we could recognize our own characteristics reflected in the other’s body. 

To obsess over one thing is okay. To feel constantly ruled by obsession and further to continuously move the pieces of i...
09/30/2019
Unprocessed obsession

To obsess over one thing is okay. To feel constantly ruled by obsession and further to continuously move the pieces of it around, reconfiguring where I’m placing it, is to be forever dissatisfied.

On my phone I have a folder strictly for shopping—in it: The RealReal, Depop, Ebay, Amazon, Pinterest. Truthfully, most apps I download have the potential to be fodder for my consumption. Social network apps are the biggest perpetrators. Though I follow friends and acquaintances, for the most part...

Maybe about a week before the #MeToo movement started in earnest, I had just been assaulted at a Halloween attraction.
09/29/2019
I know their names. Should I say them?

Maybe about a week before the #MeToo movement started in earnest, I had just been assaulted at a Halloween attraction.

Maybe about a week before the #MeToo movement started in earnest, I had just been assaulted at a Halloween attraction. I was doing the haunted trail, and a man in makeup and a hood who’d been hired to scare people separated me from the group I was walking with. He got in my face and asked me, “A...

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09/28/2019

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