fbomb

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Edgy feminist blog for teens, by teens.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

Parents may or may not agree with the opinions expressed on the blog. Nevertheless, the site promotes intelligent discussion of social issues, encourages critical thinking, and empowers teen girls.

Violence
Sex

Discusses sex as a political and feminist issue and analyzes its representation by celebrities and in pop culture. Links to some sites (like the Midwest Teen Sex Show) that discuss sex more explicitly.

Language

Occasional use of "the F bomb" and more frequent use of milder curse words. Commenting guidelines say, "Try to keep it clean unless absolutely necessary (direct quotes, mind-blowing frustration)."

Consumerism

No ads; critiques consumerism.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional reference to (but not promotion of) drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this buzzed-about blog is the brainchild of 16-year-old feminist Julie Zeilinger. Zeilinger and other contributors tackle feminist topics ranging from mild -- extraordinary women, sexism in pop culture -- to more controversial or sensitive subjects like abortion, rape, and teen sex (though most of the posts are of the “mild” variety). Readers can comment and submit their own posts for consideration. The blog links to some sites that are more superficial or explicit than its own content. Parents' reactions to this site will most likely be influenced by their personal beliefs about feminism, politics, sexuality, and related issues.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11, 14, and 15 year old Written byPinga007 October 13, 2010
Teen, 16 years old Written byxaltrockgirlx October 6, 2012

Teenagers can think critically!

I love this blog; I check it at least three times a week to see if anything new is posted. They talk about real-world issues that affect feminism, and not just... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byKaty0 September 11, 2009

Pretty Good Site

I like this site, however the posts are rather repetitive as the blogger mostly writes about teen issues.

Is it any good?

Created by teen feminist Julie Zeilinger, the scrappy blog FBOMB aims to provide a community for "teenage girls who care about their rights as women and want to be heard," taking on a tone that's "loud, proud, [and] sarcastic." But Zeilinger and the site's other contributors and commenters are also intelligent and insightful. It's a much-needed antidote to the endless Web sites, magazines, and movies that assume that teen girls only care about fashion, boys, and buying stuff.

Online interaction: Though discussions around certain topics can get intense, users are respectful and tend to debate the issues rather than resort to personal attacks.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which TV shows and movies offer realistic portrayals of teen life. Zeilinger points out that shows like Gossip Girl seem to paint all teens as sex crazed and angst ridden. What shows and characters can you relate to? Which ones feature realistic role models?

  • Families with older teens can talk about how gender stereotypes play into the media’s depiction of sex and sexuality. Contributor Sarah F. blogs about how TV shows and films often pit the “good girl virgin” against the “bad girl slut.” How can this type of stereotyping be harmful?

Website details

  • Genre: Blogging
  • Pricing structure: Free

For kids who love politics and issues

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