Sexual Health Roundup: A Brooklyn high school agrees to distribute condoms at the prom though the company sponsoring it found no other takers; a study finds that whether you see MTV’s 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom as cautionary tales or unfortunate glamorizations has to do with what your parents taught you about sex; and another study out of the Netherlands finds that Tipper Gore was right—young people who listen to loud music engage in other risky behaviors.
Tonight’s 16 & Pregnant will feature an abortion storyline. Use hashtag #16andloved to show support and solidarity to Brittany, Briana and their family.
In the last few weeks, I learned that Bristol Palin was on the pill and all of the stars of 16 and Pregnant used condoms. I find this slightly curious because, as we know, all of them ended up parents before they graduated from high school. If I didn’t know any better, I would start to wonder if contraception just doesn’t work. But since I do know better, I am instead left wondering if the media is letting our most famous teen get one over on us and in the process perpetuating myths and misunderstandings about birth control.
The station has stated that it will reject any ads from the organization known for its racist billboard campaigns.
Is MTV’s new show a “gritty” look at teens’ lives without moralizing, or is it an overhyped remake looking for scandal to drive ratings?
Continuing investigation into Dr. Tiller’s murder; tests for eclampsia; more women giving birth early; Nebraska tries to prevent the spread of telemedicine; and a few commentaries on MTV’s No Easy Decision.
MTV’s documentary, No Easy Decision, focused on facts and experiences instead of ideology. Now anti-choicers are responding with lies and abusive statements towards the women featured on the show.
Alaska wants a judge to reconsider the ruling on a parental notification law, show your support for teens speaking out about pregnancy termination, and Wisconsin raises the income limit for free birth control.
MTV will air a special on teens who choose abortion; the teen birth rate drops and everyone scrambles to claim credit or blame the economy; a fabulous new app for the sexually active; buy a dress, help prevent child marriage.
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