A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Encourages girls to focus on self-esteem and health.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
The site encourages open dialogue that sometimes gets sexual. Girls discuss having sex and post topics like "If I could f--k someone famous..."
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The site prohibits "pornographic, racist, hateful, or otherwise inappropriate usernames" and removes language deemed inappropriate -- but words like "Hellz," "penis" and "martini" can be found.
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Products & Purchases
Nair sponsors an advertorial section on hair removal; clothes in an avatar dress-up section link to Sears' online store.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many of the photos users post include drinking champagne and hard liquor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this hub for teen girls does have some valuable information (health issues) and can foster creativity (encourages poetry writing), but also has several interactive elements that might raise some eyebrows. The site monitors its message boards only "as often as we can" -- not 24 hours a day -- so questionable language and photos do slip through, although users are discouraged from posting either. Girls also ask and answer questions on frank topics like having sex in the woods; some user-posted photos show girls downing Jack Daniels or posing seductively in their underwear on a bed.
Is It Any Good?
It may take users their entire gURLhood to try out all the sections on GURL.com, but it's worth the wait. The site's tone is spot-on -- conversational and frank -- and longer sections are broken down into easy-to-digest sections. It tackles tough, emotionally- and politically-charged topics like eating disorders, bisexuality, and abortion with a refreshing honesty, so the site isn't appropriate for very young users, but rest assured: The subject matter is presented in a nonjudgmental way without a hint of sensationalism that's perfect for teens.
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