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23/11/2013 18:11 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 05:59 GMT

The Week That Was: Teenage Kicks

The Millennials don't have it easy. Generation Y were brought up to believe they could have it all, and yet find their employment prospects gloomy, the housing ladder out of reach, and ahead of them an aging population they will be required to pay for in years to come.

That, of course, is all before they have to worry about their love lives.

As well-meaning columnists wring their hands in angst at the sexting and snap-chatting, teenagers in the UK will be counting themselves lucky this autumn that public displays of affection are their absolute right, even if their parents don't necessarily approve.

Sadly that isn't the case everywhere in the world, as highlighted by the #Nadorkiss campaign, which kicked off this week after two teenagers were arrested in Morocco for sharing a kiss, and a third arrested for photographing it.

The pair - a 15-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl - face two years behind bars for "violating public decency", with their sentence due to be pronounced on 6 December.

Amnesty International last month described what has happened to the teenagers as "absurd", while the #Nadorkiss Twitter campaign has stepped up a gear in the past few days after hacking collective Anonymous threatened to expose the Moroccan government unless the charges against the trio were dropped.

Closer to home, gay rights charity Stonewall this week unveiled new adverts aimed at tackling homophobic language in Britain's schools.

With slogans like, 'Gay. Let's Get The Meaning Straight,' and, 'That's So Gay. Let's Be Honest, It's Probably Not,' the aim of the campaign is to confront the misuse of homophobic words, and highlight the offence they cause.

Stonewall's deputy chief executive Ruth Hunt said: "We know that many people who casually use the term 'that's so gay' don't intentionally mean to be offensive.

"But the reality is that their words cause offence and distress. That's why we're launching this flagship campaign so teachers and parents have the resources to tackle the problem head on. We want every young person, teacher and parent in Britain to challenge this language and change the culture of our schools."

Gay teenagers may still not have it easy, but thank heavens for columnists like Amy Dickinson, who this week told the father of a gay guy exactly what he could do with his frustration about his son's sexual preference.

In what might be the best advice column ever, the Washington Post writer responded to the complaint from Mr 'Feeling Betrayed' that his son was only gay in retaliation for him forgetting his last three birthdays, with an excellent suggestion.

"You could teach your son an important lesson by changing your own sexuality to show him how easy it is," she wrote. "Try it for the next year or so: Stop being a heterosexual to demonstrate to your son that a person's sexuality is a matter of choice - to be dictated by one's parents, the parents' church and social pressure."

Teens all over the world could do with a few more Amy Dickinsons to stand up for them.