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  1. JBL55
    JBL55 April 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm |

    My niece is a Wellesley graduate. Go Wellesley!!!

  2. I from WV
    I from WV April 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm |

    I graduated from George Washington HS and left the state. Such assemblies were common and very discouraging, but some people knew better then, and it seems that hasn’t changed. Rock on, Katelyn Campbell.

  3. Nell
    Nell April 18, 2013 at 3:25 pm |

    Yay Wellesley!

    Would we expect anything less from Hillary Clinton’s alma mater?

  4. khw
    khw April 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm |

    More power to Aamina Fetuga and to Katelyn Campbell!

    I love the idea that a clearly intelligent 8-year-old girl has created such impact.

    It takes a certain amount of bravery to stand up to one’s high school principal.

    I wish both of these young women continued success. It is inspirational.

  5. MH
    MH April 18, 2013 at 5:56 pm |

    Good for every one of these young women!

  6. Aaliyah
    Aaliyah April 18, 2013 at 9:04 pm |

    “I could look at any one of you in the eyes right now and tell if you’re going to be promiscuous.”

    Eww. That is all.

    1. EG
      EG April 18, 2013 at 10:20 pm |

      Well, fuck, I can tell her if I’m promiscuous or not. That’s not impressive. I say, tell me something I don’t know.

    2. Emolee
      Emolee April 19, 2013 at 12:30 pm |

      “I could look at any one of you in the eyes right now and tell if you’re going to be promiscuous.”

      I got a version of this at my (Catholic) school. The woman who taught us sex-ed (which was suprisingly informative about contraception, actually, but still very regressive when it came to sex outside of marriage and homosexuality) told us, in 8th grade, that if any of us had sex in high school, she would be able to tell. She said that she knew which of her high school students were not virgins… something about a certain deadness to their eyes or some such nonsense. Yuck.

  7. GracieGrace
    GracieGrace April 19, 2013 at 2:05 am |

    That abstinence only speaker just sounds freaking slimy. Because we all know that abstinence only education REALLY sets kids up for success, right? *sarcasm*

    1. Kim
      Kim April 20, 2013 at 9:19 am |

      She is absolutely awful. I was sent off to teenage religious conventions when I was younger and she’s spoken at them. I remember hating every minute that she was on stage and drawing on her picture in the program with my friends. If I remember correctly, her mother was raped and she was conceived at that time, which she seems to sort of blame for her hatred of sex and men. I wish that I could remember exact quotes from her, but it’s been almost 15 years since I’ve seen her.

  8. Gemmabeta
    Gemmabeta April 19, 2013 at 7:50 am |

    So let me get this straight:

    the principal threatens to call Wellesley College, one of the Seven Sisters, alma mater of Madeleine Albright, and dyed-in-the-wool liberal and inform them that one of their incoming student is an articulate and brave feminist activist.

    What did he think was going to happen? I believe Ms. Campbell’s full ride scholarship is getting approved as we speak.

  9. Rachel Barnes
    Rachel Barnes April 19, 2013 at 11:29 am |

    I currently live in WV and this story of Katelyn Campbell is making the rounds. I support her fully and think she is so kick ass! This state is so backwards when it comes to sexual attitudes it isn’t funny. Groups like WV Free are trying to turn the tide but the likes of Pam Stenzel and her supporters are quite vocal and supported in this state of the Bible Belt. It was recently reported WV has a high percentage of teen moms and not much support for them. It’s no wonder the Pam Stenzels of WV will make sure this state stays in the backwoods but it gives me hope that young girls like Campbell are hearing the call. Go Katelyn!

  10. thefeministblogproject
    thefeministblogproject April 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm |

    [...] for this week, here’s a link to a post called “Today in Badass Young Women”: http://www.feministe.us/blog/archives/2013/04/18/today-in-badass-young-women/ – it’s a quick read and just mentions a couple of stories about young women fighting the [...]

  11. Red Pill Theory
    Red Pill Theory April 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm |

    Abstinence and endless strings for welfare: two conservative policies that are a consistent embarrassment to the cause. Although I would question the decision to send an eight year old to lobby the state legislature. Does anyone really think Miss Fetuga dropped her toys and said “Mommy, I’d like to present a petition to the legislature today”?

    1. Angie unduplicated
      Angie unduplicated April 23, 2013 at 11:31 am |

      I think that Aamina Fetuga’s classmates, and possibly Fetuga as well, heard many conversations at home about a seriously reduced standard of living, already too low, and that these classmates communicated with each other. Info on contacting Tennessee’s Shame probably came from her teachers. She’s put smiles on a bunch of faces, though not Campfield’s for sure.

      In other youth activism news, Georgia’s shameful gov, Nathan Dirty Deal, accused the four young women who organized the integrated prom of being “a liberal front group backed by the Democrats”.

      The reason the South is warm is that we receive first breath of the Gaping Jaws of Hell, brought to you by our political sponsors.

      1. EG
        EG April 23, 2013 at 11:38 am |

        “a liberal front group backed by the Democrats”

        Reminds me of when they used to accuse the Civil Rights activists of being backed by Communists. All I can think is “…yes? Well, they’re fighting racist segregation, which puts them one up, morally speaking, on you!”

  12. roro80
    roro80 April 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm |

    I’m sure that my high school’s abstinence-only assembly was a different group (probably 15 years ago, and on the other side of the country), but it sounds much the same, if not quite so gross. Two very attractive, young, enthusiastic presenters, one man and one woman, telling us how un-special our wedding nights would be, passing roses around the audience and telling each person to pluck a petal (our hymens, I guess?), trying to make not having sex sound so cool, and of course asking everyone to pledge that we would wait until marriage. I remember kind of looking around and thinking “whoops, I’m a little late for that pledge….” But there was no talking about the terrible parents who supply their teenagers with condoms, certainly nothing as confrontational as telling us that they could see in our eyes that we were slutty slut sluts. Anyway, good for Katelyn for standing up to that bullshit.

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