Kids Are Sexual Beings Too!: curiosity, taboo, and innocence

By Keyra Navas Embracing one’s sexuality is usually considered a loss of innocence. The sexual realm is still one that is “deserving” of shame and criticism. This is not surprising, considering that sexual activity is represented in mass media in erotic and lustful ways. As a result, it is challenging to unsee sexual expression as a vulgar propensity, let alone affiliate it with childhood. Because sexual instinct is ultimately a matter that is shoved under the rug, children and sexuality are rarely thought of as having any sort of association. Nonetheless, kids are sexual beings. The furthest I can trace … Continue reading Kids Are Sexual Beings Too!: curiosity, taboo, and innocence

Scholastic So White: why we need diverse children’s books

By Kelly Stone When I was a kid, I didn’t have great taste in books. My choices were dictated by whatever looked good at the Scholastic book fair in school that year—books that tended to be about girls my age and whose appearances were similar to mine. I spent a good six years or so reading nearly identi- cal books, and never once did I really think about what this homogeneity meant. It wasn’t until high school that I began diversifying my reading list. As I became more curious about the book publishing industry, I discovered a movement determined to … Continue reading Scholastic So White: why we need diverse children’s books

Being Habesha in a Black and White World: A Racial Identity Crisis

By Abigail Mengesha Racial identity was never a problem when I lived in Ethiopia. I recognized and understood my ethnicity, and that was enough. However, once I moved to the United States to receive higher education, questions regarding my racial … Continue reading Being Habesha in a Black and White World: A Racial Identity Crisis