What do Cruel Intentions, American Pie, 10 Things I Hate About You, She’s All That, Never Been Kissed, Varsity Blues, Drive Me Crazy, Election, The Virgin Suicides, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and Jawbreaker have in common? Aside from representing much of the canon of newly classic teen movies, every single one of these films came out 15 years ago, in 1999. What was it about that year, specifically, that led to this cinematic gold rush? … Read More
This weekend, The New York Times ran a hilarious article about DigiFest NYC, a YouTube festival in CitiField that sold 12,500 tickets to an audience of mostly screaming teenage girls. The “performers” on DigiFest were a fresh-faced bunch of Disney Channel-ready teens, boys and girls who look to be about 14. Ryan Seacrest, who’s invested money in the venture, is quoted as saying that this tour “has successfully translated these popular small-screen experiences into live, large-scale events that are fun, accessible and brilliantly authentic.” … Read More
Photographer Michelle Sank’s series In My Skin looks at young adults and teens (under the age of 25) in the UK who are challenging their bodies with various surgeries and enhancements. Sank captures her sitters relaxing in their bedrooms, which lends further intimacy to the portraits — but the outside does not reflect the inside. They’re uncomfortable in their own skin and searching for the ideal. In some cases, the alterations are cosmetic and would be considered completely unnecessary by many. However, Sank also photographed people as young as 16 who have undergone gender reassignment surgery. … Read More
The largest island off the coast of Ireland, Achill, is a stunning sight, filled with gorgeous mountains, endless meadows, and dramatic sea cliffs. Irish photographer Linda Brownlee has visited the island every summer for the past 16 years, inspired by its striking natural beauty. Her photo series Achill — which The Fox Is Black first introduced us to — explores the landscape via the resident’s teens, creating a snapshot of the seaside community through their personal connection to the landscape. Everyone is photographed at their favorite hangout spot, contemplating the vast stretch of land before them. Other photos find the teens gazing at the camera, framed by a mosaic of sea, earth, and sky. Brownlee published a collection of the images in a beautiful 2010 book, which you can purchase over here. Visit our gallery below for a closer look at the artist’s unique portrait of the Irish landscape. … Read More
If there’s anything funnier than adults trying to pander to teenagers, we haven’t found it. While contemporary attempts to get through to sext-happy high schoolers are certainly hilarious, we prefer the vintage charms of the teen-oriented tomes at Awful Library Books. After the jump, we’ve used their archives to curate a guide to retro adolescence, from a “disco rollerskating” manual to a book on eating disorders that stars a girl who’s totally obsessed with David Bowie. … Read More
A new study from the RAND Corporation purports to definitively link racy TV to teen pregnancy. It sounds good, but there’s one teensy weensy problem: We didn’t grow up watching Blair seduce Chuck over martinis on GOSSIP GIRL. The only smooth-talking guy in a bow tie we were exposed to was BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY.
And we’re still young enough to remember one of the things he taught us that applies here: “Correlation does not imply causation.” In other words, even if people that eat Beef Jerky hunt more than people who don’t, you can’t conclude that cured meat makes you a Bambi-clubbing maniac. … Read More