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  • Transgender teen is denied his Homecoming King title

    Posted on 09/20/2010 by Mary

    Oak Reed is a high school senior in Mona Shores, Michigan. He's transgender -- like Adam from Degrassi, he was born biologically female.

    But his classmates accept that he's a guy; in fact, he's even popular enough to have won Homecoming King at his school -- in a landslide. Think about how awesome that is, that the students at his school accept him and showed their overwhelming support for him. It warms my heart; I'm actually a little choked up just typing this.

    But... here comes the bad news. The school administration invalidated his election because he is enrolled, on paper, as a female. Here's a news story about it; it says the school had been accommodating him as a male student in multiple ways -- letting him wear the male band uniform, the male graduation cap and gown. Teachers called him Oak and used male pronouns for him.

    But when he posted a "vote for me for homecoming king" message on facebook, and the senior class went ahead and did so, the administration stepped in to invalidate their votes.

    As Oak points out, it's not just him that they've disenfranchised. "It's the senior class that votes for their representative. What they did was taking away the voice of the senior class," he says.

    Now there's a support page for him on facebook called "Oak Is My King," and students are planning to wear "Oak Is My King" T-shirts on October 1. Sadly, it's too late to get him his title back -- the homecoming dance already happened. But at least the support will mean something to him.

  • What's your favorite jeans wash?

    Posted on 09/20/2010 by Mary

    What's your favorite wash of jeans?

    And how particular are you about it? (I, for one, hate jeans shopping because I'm sort of a spaz about getting the exact shade I want, without any of that buffed out contouring thing they do... just a personal preference. And then, having to find the right fit on top of that... life is really hard.)


    Do you prefer (top left to bottom right)... (Click for a purchase link...) Dark wash, Faded and distressed, Light wash, Acid wash, Gray wash, or Black wash?

     

    This post sponsored by Macy's Style Lab

  • Weird Dreams about the Wrong Person

    Posted on 09/15/2010 by Mary

    Fez dreams about sexy Nurse Kelso Have you ever had a dream about someone that you did NOT want to have that dream about? Like a make-out dream about someone you HATE, or your ex, or... Kelso? Well, ok, I guess there's a good chunk of the population that would not mind dreaming about Kelso. (But Fez is not in that chunk, according to last night's ep where he dreamed that Kelso was his sexy nurse).

    It actually reminded me of an advice question Ray "Sav" Ablack answered a while ago... over here. He said basically the same thing Kitty on That '70s Show said... scientifically speaking: dreams are weird, and kind of random, and who knows what they mean.

    You could have a make-out dream about your friend because you saw them that day and ate too many egg rolls off the floor (Fez!)... or because you're totally in love with them. But, it's probably easier to tell that you're in love with someone because you're like... in love with them. That's usually the tip-off.

    Ever have a dream like that about someone you weren't into like that?

  • Back to school clothes: the importance of 'comfy'

    Posted on 09/10/2010 by Mary

    We asked to see your back to school outfits... here's a couple!

    ParTimeLvr says: "u cant see my whole outfit... but i wore a blue tank top, a blue striped knee length sweater and ripped jeans."

    Yeah, that's what I'm talking about... those drapey long sweaters. Something about those looks so snuggly... like wearing a security blanket. But a clean security blanket, without holes, that's actually cute.

    And check out Hello Deary's adorable skirt... "I picked it because it's super colorful, comfy, & cuteeee. Once I saw it, I was in love. lol, jk. But I lovedddd the skirt!"

    Cute but comfy seems to be a theme with school gear, dunnit? 'Cause who wants a tight waistband digging into your guts after lunch, I guess. And waking up early is bad enough as it is.

    What's your personal strategy for managing the task of staying comfy but still looking cute? Do you have a favorite item of clothing that's comfy without being pajamas-y?

    This post sponsored by Macy's Style Lab

  • Show Us Your Back to School Outfits!

    Posted on 09/07/2010 by Mary

    What did you wear the first day back? (Or what are you planning to wear? If you're one of those lucky ducks still sitting on the last few days of a summer vacation.)

    Post a pic on your profile, and let me know it's there by posting in the comments with a little info about why and how you decided on that outfit. I'll put a few selections in the blog and maybe we can all marvel at your fashion genius!

    This post sponsored by Macy's Style Lab

  • Heels in high school?

    Posted on 08/30/2010 by Mary

    If you watch enough TV you'd think everyone wears four-inch heels to school... but the realities of getting from class to class mean they're much rarer in real life. Some girls like the height and look of them; and some girls aren't even allowed to wear them to school.

    Are you a heel-in-high school person, or do you save them for special occasions? Which, if any, of these heels would you (or could you) consider wearing to school?

    Va-va-vampy heels

    Straight up high heels are only for the brave and dedicated. The cushiony wedge on these (A) leopard print espadrilles might make them kinder on your feet if you have a lot of walking to do. And the (B) cobalt blue patent pumps would definitely get you noticed. Would you feel self-conscious in either of these? Confident? Comfortable? Would you save them for the day you're asking your crush out, or just bust 'em out any ol' day?

    Boot-heels

    Since a boot lends more stability, a lot of people who feel awkward walking in pumps find them more manageable. Could you see yourself strutting the hallways in these (C) suede military booties? Or too much? And these (D) cowgirlish boots offer the same height-enhancement as many of the higher heels featured here, but don't seem so... high-heely. Think you could you swing 'em?

    Easy heels

    These gentler heels offer a little height, and less of a threat to your ankles -- and possibly your school's dress code. The wedginess of them also makes walking in them slightly less harsh on your constitution. Would anyone look at you cross-eyed for rocking these (E) mod, silvery slingbacks or (F) gladiator wedges?

    This post sponsored by Macy's Style Lab

  • Dude. Simpson is PISSED.

    Posted on 08/27/2010 by Mary

    You can watch the scene where Simpson loses all faith in Degrassi students again here.

    Combined with the preview of what's coming this fall... um, eek? Do you think if Simpson cracks the whip, it will have any effect on what happens at Degrassi?

    I don't know about you, but I can't WAIT for fall.

  • Thursday Night: The Boiling Point

    Posted on 08/26/2010 by Mary

    Mr. Simpson said he trusts Sav and Holly J to make sure the Night in Vegas dance is 100% problem-free. What could possibly go wrong?

    If the look on Mrs. Torres' face is any indication... pretty much everything.

    Because after tomorrow night... Degrassi will never be the same again.

  • Live-Tweet the Degrassi Finale With Us!

    Posted on 08/26/2010 by Mary

    Hello fellow Degrassi fans... I think I'm gonna hop on the ol' TeenNick twitterator tonight around 8:30 and live-tweet the Boiling Point finale. Care to join me?

    I figure 8:30 gives us all a chance to watch Clare and Eli make out again, plus get more amped than is cardiovascularly healthy before the big finale at 9.

    You can follow TeenNick's twitter feed here. And if you live-tweet with us, try to mark your tweets with @TeenNick -- I'll be a couple hundred times more likely to see them (and therefore possibly retweet them) that way.

    MMkay. See you tonight.

    CAN'T.

    WAIT.

  • Tonight on The Nightlife: Travie McCoy!

    Posted on 08/26/2010 by Chairman Nick Cannon

    Big night tonight! I know everybody's plumping up their couches waiting for the last episode of Degrassi: The Boiling Point. And you have my word that it won't disappoint!

    Plus after that, you can hang around for The Nightlife -- we've got Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy up in the V.I.P!

    Plus performances by America's Best Dance Crew winners Poreotix, and my girls The School Gyrls. Keep it locked! See you at the club!