Action Steps for When Tween and Teen Girls Have Had Enough with “How Aggravating” Things Are in Their World

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See something unfair? Hear something disrespectful? Bothered by a problem in the world? How Aggravating! Big, small, or in between, speak out about it!

In a world where everyone should be treated fairly and with respect, it can be really frustrating when we see or hear something that is just plain unfair or disrespectful. It doesn’t matter if the problem is big or small, it’s important to speak out about it!

Have you ever had a moment when something didn’t seem right? Like when someone didn’t treat you or someone else with kindness? Maybe you saw a situation where someone was being left out or bullied, and it made you feel upset. These moments can really bother us, and it’s important to do something about it!

There are also bigger problems in the world that can be really aggravating. Like when people are not treated equally just because of their gender. Can you believe that some girls and women are still paid less than boys and men for doing the same job? It’s not fair at all, and it’s something we need to change!

So, what can we do about these things? We can use our voices to speak up and let others know how we feel. We can write about these issues in magazines like New Moon Girls, where our stories can be read by other girls and nonbinary youth who might be feeling the same way. Sharing our experiences and thoughts can help us feel stronger and create a sense of unity.

Art is also a powerful way to express ourselves. Through How Aggravating artwork, we can show our emotions and make people think about these problems. Art can reach people’s hearts and minds in a unique way, even if they don’t have the same words to express themselves.

Remember, your voice matters, no matter how old you are. By speaking out, writing, and creating art, we can make a difference and work towards a fairer and more respectful world for everyone. Together, we can create change and show that we won’t accept anything less than equality and kindness for all.

You can share your How Aggravating story in writing and/or create How Aggravating artwork. Contributions will be published online after being reviewed by a moderator or in New Moon Girls Magazine!

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