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The Soul of Gender: Teens Around the World Lend Their Thoughts to KidSpirit’s Summer Issue
Teens from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds around the world share their thoughts on how gender impacts self-image and our shared humanity.
By: KidSpirit Online
Yesterday KidSpirit launched its summer issue, The Soul of Gender, on how gender impacts self-image and our shared humanity.
Teens from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds contribute to this bold and fascinating issue. In the issue’s first feature article, a Muslim freshman in New York City writes about what wearing the hijab means to her, with interviews from both her peers and accomplished Muslim women on the topic. For the first time in KidSpirit Magazine two young writers, Vidushi Sharma and Zachary Kligler, each respond to The Big Question: is gender central to sense of self? Gemma Laurence, a teen from Maine, reviews the powerful documentary Miss Representation, while in Interfaith Connections, Kacey Sorenson, a Mormon girl in California describes how she views the role of women in the LDS Church. The launch also features an Awesome Moment by Caie Kelley about her experience of the changing role of women in China and new poetry by Alice Simmons.
KidSpirit’s PerSpectives article, coming in mid-July, is an original piece by Dr. Elizabeth Debold, bestselling author, and one of the world’s foremost authorities on gender development. Dr. Debold is the author of the best-selling Mother Daughter Revolution and for three decades has been an activist, researcher, journalist, spiritual explorer, and transformative educator pursuing freedom, creativity, and equality between the sexes. Her work and spiritual inquiry at EnlightenNext Magazine make her an ideal intergenerational contributor to this theme.
KidSpirit’s Soul of Gender issue is a rare and insightful peek into what 11- to 16-year-olds think about this central topic. Feature articles to be published throughout the quarter delve deeply into the interplay of gender and experience, biology, and religious background, and will include pieces on masculine stereotypes in the media, women’s roles in the workplace, and the cultural conditioning of gender. This rich issue is not to be missed.