”—she decided she had to “lose it to someone,” so why not with someone she would never have to see again? “Sometimes I just want to talk to a guy so bad.” So she downloaded the app and started swiping through the pictures of boys in her area. ”They arranged to rendezvous at a shopping mall in Los Angeles not far from the neighborhood where they lived. And if it turned out he was really some gross old man, I’d just run away.” But there he was, standing by his car, looking almost like his picture. Later she posted something on her Tumblr blog about the difficulty of finding love.And yet, she hoped it would somehow be like the Lana Del Rey song. The guy she was supposed to meet that day—the guy from Tinder, the dating app kids were using to hook up—“I know, like, five guys who’ve done it; girls use it too, but they pretend like they don’t”—he was cute and had tattoos on his arms. She “hearted” his picture, and within a few minutes he had hearted hers, and then they were instantly texting.“Ur hot,” he wrote. WHEELING IN THE BITCHES“Gotta wheel the bitches in.The author emphasizes the fact that every article in the book is based on biblical truth, including a section that reflects on why each person is here in this world and presents a clear gospel message.She has been gratified to see the publication already proving relevant to girls, and many young readers and their parents already responding to it."I'm just very encouraged by e-mails I'm getting from moms who picked it up for their daughters," Courtney says, "and even some phone calls of a mom saying her daughter has not read Christian literature in a long time, but [the daughter] went up and locked herself in her room and read through the magazine." Also, exactly as she'd hoped, the author adds that "one mom said her daughter came back downstairs and said 'We've got to buy copies of this for all my friends.'"Teen Virtue, published by Broadman and Holman Publishers, a division of Life Way Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, is a 150-page resource packed with appeal for the adolescent female, according to the promise of its subtitle: "Real Life, Real Issues, ...a Teen Girl's Survival Guide." Courtney says more editions of this Bible-based teen text are in the works.Like most youth-organizations, the BSA has struggled with the problem of sex abuse and how to handle abuse allegations. In the 1980s, BSA developed its Youth Protection program, a comprehensive program to educate and prevent abuse. Tarr, a Chief Scout Executive in the 1980s, said regarding sexual assault cases against Scout leaders across all 50 states: "That's been an issue since the Boy Scouts began".
One day she just said, 'Mom, girls are really not reading books.
Moms keep buying them for us but we're not reading them.' So I wanted to write something that was effective - that would not only be read but be passed around."This first edition of Teen Virtue takes several of the significant issues that young girls face and puts them into "bite-size" articles, tackling topics like beauty, boys, sex, friends and family, and having a solid relationship with Christ.
Courtney chose the book's magazine-style format in the hopes of encouraging Christian girls to bring it to school with them and share it with their non-Christian friends.
This year, 81 percent of Internet-using teenagers in America reported that they are active on social-networking sites, more than ever before.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and new dating apps like Tinder, Grindr, and Blendr have increasingly become key players in social interactions, both online and IRL (in real life).