Big Stuff

 

The following topics are often surrounded by stigma and that's why it's even more important to talk about them, respectfully and without judgment, of course. Inspire your chapter to be open and supportive during these convos. You never know what another person has experienced or what they are going through, so please handle these conversations with the respect, sensitivity, and support they deserve. Also keep in mind that we are not professionals, rather a support system. If someone is struggling with something big (self-harm, abuse, or mental illness), encourage them to seek help, talk to a school counselor or trusted adult, and visit our Resources page for more resources.

 

 

 

 

Support Each Other

 

We all need someone to turn to when we face challenges, difficulties, and uphill battles. You just might be the light someone else needs at the exact moment they need it.

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Divorce

 

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Divorce is more common than not these days. Let’s talk about it.

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Self-Defense

 

Like it or not, girls and women are still viewed as easier targets for violence. We need to move beyond girls as victims and become empowered self-defenders!

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Alcohol + Drugs

 

Alcohol and drugs are everywhere. Whether or not you decide to partake, it’s important to talk openly about it with people you feel safe with. We are not here to judge or slap each others’ wrists. We’re here to listen and talk about the smartest possible choices, and of course, to have fun!

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Mental Illness

 

Mental illness takes many forms and is more widely accepted now than ever before. Even with more acceptance, people still misunderstand and judge it. If we don’t talk about these things out loud, it only makes it worse. So let’s not be afraid to get uncomfortable and say things that aren’t said, or we risk leaving people feeling more alone. And we’re not down with that.

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Self-Harm

Each one of us is a treasure, but some girls cause themselves harm to dull the pain they feel, and for many other reasons. How can we learn to handle all this world throws at us without harming our bodies and ourselves? And how can we support those who are harming themselves?

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Depression + Suicide

 

When you feel lost, uncertain, or confused about your place in the world, it’s easy to get down. Sometimes this funk is more than just “the blues.” Depression can be severe, even debilitating. It can be challenging and embarrassing to talk about feeling sad or down, but doing so can mean the difference between pain and healing.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex

 

SEX! Let's talk about it! Sex is one of the most sophisticated and basic of topics. It can be exciting, scary, thrilling, hurtful, complicated, confusing, fun, and when emotionally and physically mature, the best.

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Intimacy

 

An intimate relationship is one where you form a strong and vulnerable connection with another person; it can be physical, emotional, or both. Intimate relationships play a huge role in our overall human experience.

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Sexual Health

 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are often the punch line of jokes and public ridicule on Facebook, Twitter, or TV. But this can create shame around the issue of sexual health, creating less openness, less public knowledge, and less honesty among sexual partners. Talking about sexual health helps fight stigma and promotes more educated actions and decisions.

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Pleasure

 

Pleasure is a primary part of the human sexual experience. Experiencing pleasure is a part of being healthy, connecting with yourself, and taking care of your body. We couldn't possibly talk about sex without discussing the very important element of pleasure. After all, it is arguably the most pleasurable act we can experience, and it was made that way for a reason.

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What is Sexy?

 

A lot of us aspire to be perceived as sexy, but the bigger question remains – what is sexy and who creates that definition?

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Sexual Fluidity

 

Sexuality exists on a spectrum; some people are very definite in their place on that spectrum, while others are somewhere in between. There are gray areas, and, unfortunately, there’s also a lot of intolerance.

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Personal Boundaries in Sexual Situations

 

Exploring sexuality (which doesn't necessarily mean having sex) is part of being an adult, but not everyone has the same boundaries and lines of comfort. And we are not here to judge what boundaries are right and wrong, rather support creating whatever boundaries are right for each of us. Let's talk about it!

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Sex + Shame

 

Girls freely use the word "slut," but sometimes forget the strong consequences of "slut" shaming. A double standard still exists where we shame women while praising men for having sex freely. We want to support girls making empowered choices, and lift them up when they make choices that dis-empower them. The last thing we would ever want to do is bring them down and shame them.

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Women as Sexual Objects

 

For centuries women have been viewed as sexual objects. OBJECTS! As in non-human! Not cool people, not cool. The biggest problem is that we start to believe it. So, the first step is be aware of it and the next one is to make it stop.

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Using Birth Control

 

Many girls and women use some form of birth control for many reasons beyond just family planning. Talking and thinking about birth control helps to empower girls to feel healthy and positive about themselves and their bodies!

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Pregnancy + Abortion

 

For some, the decision to complete a pregnancy is a moral, political, or religious issue, for others, it's just a matter of circumstance. Abortion is a touchy subject and everyone has their own opinions and reasons for their stance. We are not here to judge right or wrong, we are here to respect each other's points of view and talk about it.

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Rape Culture

 

Rape and sexual assault are some of the most underreported crimes in America, and 80% of victims are under the age 30. IT IS NOT OKAY. WE NEED TO SPEAK UP, STAND UP, and change this NOW.

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Domestic Abuse

 

Sometimes relationships go bad – really bad – and what seems like love turns scary, toxic, and painful. Domestic abuse doesn’t just mean physical abuse; it includes sexual, economic, verbal, emotional, and psychological actions and threats.

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