Imagine if switching sexes was as matter- of-fact as getting your tooth pulled.The way things are rapidly moving, it could happen soon. “I think over time people will change their gender because people are not happy with who they are,” says Daniela Brea, 15, who goes to the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers. Already, people these days go shopping for new body parts so often, adding bigger breasts or removing male genitalia, that it’s getting harder to tell who is really whom. As with many cultural advances, TV shows are pointing the way. In “Orange Is the New Black,” a man changes himself into a woman because he did not like the way he was. He goes to prison because he committed credit card fraud to fi the switch. Medical advances are already making it more possible for couples to try to choose the gender of their babies. Quicker sex- change switches than are happening today could be next. “It will be easier for people to change their gender because of the new technology,” says Alejandra Merino, 15, from Charlestown High School. This summer, former male model Andrej Pejic acknowledged undergoing sex reassignment surgery. She emerged as a female model named Andreja Pejic. She told People magazine that she had female feelings as a child but suppressed them under family pressure. Those types of restrictions are loosening quickly. “In the US,” says Jaime Soto, 17, from EMK, “people change their sex more because people have more freedom to do whatever they want.”
Some teens believe that by posting fighting videos they will become famous.
“They just want be relevant like everyone else,” says Perez WorldStar was originally used to provide people with the hottest topics in urban media and music videos.
As time went on, the site also featured brutal fighting videos. Crisdalis Matos, 15, is aware of the dangers of WorldStar. “Everybody copies what they see on the fighting videos,”says Matos, from Roxbury.In one video that went viral, one girl kicks another in the face over a boy. She later worries when she reports that the police came knocking on her door. Teens say that’s the part that many forget when they’re glorifying the videos. “Teens think they gain respect from the fighting says Jennifer Flores, 15, from Madison Park High School.