Researchers and the general public may be unable to agree on teen pregnancy shows’ contributions to society, but what we all can agree on is that these MTV shows present tired tropes about teen moms that are harmful for young girls.
A new paper suggests that MTV’s 16 and Pregnant franchise has helped reduced the teen birth rate by almost 6 percent. Before we start celebrating, however, let’s remember that the show is stereotypical and exploitative and that the ends don’t always justify the means.
There’s sure to be an exciting football game in this week’s episode of Friday Night Lights, but it’s the outcome of Becky’s pregnancy, not the game, that I’ll be interested in tonight. And I’ll be rooting for an abortion.
An intriguing study shows that exposing young adults to TV storylines may have a bigger impact than watching news programming.