We’ve got to stop pretending like teenage girls have no real problems. The fact is teenage girls are amazingly strong. The fact is we’re comfortable making fun of them for listening to pop music because we’re scared of them.
I would suggest that one of the reasons adults, especially adult men, are so afraid of taking the problems of teenage girls seriously because we’re causing a lot of them. Teenage girls have a lot of problems - being marginalized by the very same adults who are abusing them is one of them.
- nearly 20% of teenage girls have been in relationships with men who have threatened suicide or self-harm when presented with a breakup.
- 29% of sexual assault victims are between the age of 12-18.
- possibly 20% of teenage mothers are pregnant as a direct result of rape (higher if one takes into account statutory rape)
- the top search category used for porn is “teen” - other top fifteen searches include other categories that fetishize teenagers like cheerleader, babysitter or schoolgirl.
And honestly, if the reason you’re an adult making fun of teenage girls is oh, they like silly music, oh they wear makeup - well, you’re obviously much less mature than most teenage girls I’ve known.