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(CNN)   Study: teens who watched MTV's "16 and Pregnant" were much less likely to be considered for future episodes than those who didn't watch   (cnn.com) divider line 37
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2014-01-14 08:08:22 AM
Now we need a program that shows closeups of STD damage.
 
2014-01-14 08:34:43 AM

vudukungfu: Now we need a program that shows closeups of STD damage.


I think "Jersey Shore" is still available On Demand.
 
2014-01-14 09:17:46 AM
They need to make a show about how shiatty it is to be a reality TV star.
 
2014-01-14 09:34:40 AM
Seems legit
 
2014-01-14 09:50:12 AM
This is true.  I've never seen one episode and this morning - BLAM!  I'm teen pregnant.  Again.
 
2014-01-14 09:56:43 AM
This is good news as I was a little concerned the opposite would happen as some of them seem to have risen to the D list of celebs as a result of the show.
 
2014-01-14 09:59:32 AM
Of course they have a higher rate of searching online for birth control and abortion. So you parents out there must be real happy about that.
 
2014-01-14 10:09:21 AM
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2014-01-14 10:11:20 AM

EnderX: Of course they have a higher rate of searching online for birth control and abortion. So you parents out there must be real happy about that.


I don't know. if I were a parent, I'd rather have my kids be better informed on birth control and abortion options than not.
 
2014-01-14 10:12:10 AM

EnderX: Of course they have a higher rate of searching online for birth control and abortion. So you parents out there must be real happy about that.


Because expecting your kid to never, ever have sex is a perfectly reasonable expectation...

/Well, I fullfiled that expectation, but that's beside the point...
 
2014-01-14 10:53:33 AM
What's it doing to teen suicides, though? When you realize your life has come down to watching that shiat it must give you some pause.
 
2014-01-14 10:57:34 AM
teen mom shows - how to get your anus violated by a porn star while being told you are special.

in other words - dumb chicks falling for dumb shiat, same as always.
 
2014-01-14 10:58:49 AM
Making a 14ish girl aware of the difficulties of raising a baby sounds like a great way to encourage her to avoid... Wait a second, meme just popped into my head.

www.necessaryroughness.org
 
2014-01-14 11:17:15 AM

DarkPascual: EnderX: Of course they have a higher rate of searching online for birth control and abortion. So you parents out there must be real happy about that.

Because expecting your kid to never, ever have sex is a perfectly reasonable expectation...

/Well, I fullfiled that expectation, but that's beside the point...


Surely the best strategy for parents who want their kids to never have sex is to get them a lifetime Total Fark membership?
 
2014-01-14 11:21:58 AM
Well that should be obvious. If you are at home watching crappy TV you aren't out walking the streets. Duh
 
2014-01-14 11:39:06 AM

xria: DarkPascual: EnderX: Of course they have a higher rate of searching online for birth control and abortion. So you parents out there must be real happy about that.

Because expecting your kid to never, ever have sex is a perfectly reasonable expectation...

/Well, I fullfiled that expectation, but that's beside the point...

Surely the best strategy for parents who want their kids to never have sex is to get them a lifetime Total Fark membership?


Burn. Sick burn.
 
2014-01-14 11:59:18 AM

cookiefleck: EnderX: Of course they have a higher rate of searching online for birth control and abortion. So you parents out there must be real happy about that.

I don't know. if I were a parent, I'd rather have my kids be better informed on birth control and abortion options than not.


This culture faces very few problems for which ignorance is a cure.
-- F Zappa
 
2014-01-14 12:02:20 PM
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well no. If you misspell it, it doesn't mean much of anything.
 
2014-01-14 12:59:32 PM

EnderX: Of course they have a higher rate of searching online for birth control and abortion. So you parents out there must be real happy about that.


If only their parents were there to educate them about sex so that they wouldn't have to seek the information themselves.
 
2014-01-14 01:09:59 PM

Gunny Highway: They need to make a show about how shiatty it is to be a reality TV star.


I'm not sure how low you'd have to set the bar to achieve that. I mean, you could have people literally putting a gun in their mouth every episode and people would still watch.
 
2014-01-14 01:13:03 PM

Fano: I mean, you could have people literally putting a gun in their mouth every episode and people would still watch.


i'd fund that kickstarter.
 
2014-01-14 03:14:36 PM
My wife, who works as a health educator for a college watched this show a bit to see what kind of imagery and messages were being piped into the audience's heads.  From her perspective, she saw a bunch of kids have their lives get turned upside down, their dating relationships ruined, and pretty much everything change for the lamer because they got pregnant.

Take that for what you will, but it wasn't apparent to a professional in the field with the same market segment that they were "glamorizing" teen pregnancy.  Quite the opposite, really.
 
2014-01-14 03:25:57 PM

factoryconnection: "glamorizing" teen pregnancy


they put them on tv and paid them.  because they were teen pregnant.  and gathered advertising dollars from it.

yep. that's glamorizing.  they didn't make a documentary about how crappy your life can be if you get teen pregnant.
 
2014-01-14 03:34:09 PM
honestly, some of these shock shows wouldn't be a bad idea to show to kids as freshmen in high school.   what does it look like to be a teenager and pregnant?   what does it look like to gang banger?   what does it look like for those that don't finish high school?

sort of the like the give a man a fish / teach a man to fish dichotomy.   You can tell kids these things, but your statements won't be impactful...show the kids these things and allow them to come to the same conclusion, and it will mean much more to them.
 
2014-01-14 04:11:57 PM

frepnog: factoryconnection: "glamorizing" teen pregnancy

they put them on tv and paid them.  because they were teen pregnant.  and gathered advertising dollars from it.

yep. that's glamorizing.  they didn't make a documentary about how crappy your life can be if you get teen pregnant.


Loathe as I am to admit this....  Know how I know you didn't see the show?  From the few episodes I saw it got pretty rough - for the guys and the girls (as the abusive teen mom who saw her situation as a way to lock in a man to pay for things certainly showed).

The only couple that could be seen as having been glamorized was the couple that gave up their baby for an open adoption.  They still got photos and updates on the kid from time to time and they were the only couple to go on to become engaged.  I was pretty impressed the documentary team stuck with that couple even after the 'HAHA no prom or college for you!' scenes were clearly no longer going to happen.
 
2014-01-14 06:06:49 PM
You want to avoid teen pregnancy?  Easy.  At twelve, make the girl in question watch a woman give birth,  explain what caused the pregnancy,  and that condoms have two users who both need to be familiar with how to operate that device.

And no one who retains a visage of sanity could find anything objectionable with this course of action.
 
2014-01-14 06:56:22 PM

xria: DarkPascual: EnderX: Of course they have a higher rate of searching online for birth control and abortion. So you parents out there must be real happy about that.

Because expecting your kid to never, ever have sex is a perfectly reasonable expectation...

/Well, I fullfiled that expectation, but that's beside the point...

Surely the best strategy for parents who want their kids to never have sex is to get them a lifetime Total Fark membership?


Total Fark? Well, maybe.

I was thinking WoW.
 
2014-01-14 07:46:02 PM

factoryconnection: My wife, who works as a health educator for a college watched this show a bit to see what kind of imagery and messages were being piped into the audience's heads.  From her perspective, she saw a bunch of kids have their lives get turned upside down, their dating relationships ruined, and pretty much everything change for the lamer because they got pregnant.

Take that for what you will, but it wasn't apparent to a professional in the field with the same market segment that they were "glamorizing" teen pregnancy.  Quite the opposite, really.


I'd heard this argument before by similar people with a background in the field such as your wife.  My skepticism still remains however, as you're looking at it from an educated adult's point of view.  I think a more accurate analysis would be done by polling/interviewing the affected demographic.  I would argue that those kids aren't all that deep or intelligent, and what they're thinking is "Hot damn!  I can get on MTV by having unprotected sex!"

Not all of the kids in that age range of course, but many of them.
 
2014-01-14 07:55:54 PM
They should turn it into a game show to see which 16 year old can get pregnant first.
 
2014-01-14 08:51:57 PM

Laobaojun: You want to avoid teen pregnancy?  Easy.  At twelve, make the girl in question watch a woman give birth,  explain what caused the pregnancy,  and that condoms have two users who both need to be familiar with how to operate that device.

And no one who retains a visage of sanity could find anything objectionable with this course of action.


So that lets the Derp squad out.
 
2014-01-14 09:06:56 PM

dionysusaur: Laobaojun: You want to avoid teen pregnancy?  Easy.  At twelve, make the girl in question watch a woman give birth,  explain what caused the pregnancy,  and that condoms have two users who both need to be familiar with how to operate that device.

And no one who retains a visage of sanity could find anything objectionable with this course of action.

So that lets the Derp squad out.


Yeah...
I was trying to invoke Bevets, or whatever his current alt is.
 
2014-01-14 11:37:05 PM
If you haven't seen the show, it's thoroughly depressing.  Before watching it I assumed it would glamorize teen pregnancy, but it just showed that your life is basically ruined if you get pregnant as a teenager.  So this doesn't surprise me.
 
2014-01-15 12:58:14 AM
Laobaojun:Why only make girls watch the video? Get guys in on that action, and give them a slideshow showcasing what a myriad of STDs look like on both sets of genitals. In addition to condoms, tell them about hormonal birth control and other barrier methods such as the cervical cap and the female condom. And let them know that abortion and adoption are both options.

Oh, and make sure that social welfare programs still exist just in case they try those methods and still wind up pregnant.
 
2014-01-15 12:58:49 AM
Heck, you could even get public school health classes to teach the kids about all those things. We could call it, say, "Sex Ed."
 
2014-01-15 03:53:04 AM
it's easy to be retarded when you're young.
 
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2014-01-15 05:17:13 AM

WhyKnot: honestly, some of these shock shows wouldn't be a bad idea to show to kids as freshmen in high school.   what does it look like to be a teenager and pregnant?   what does it look like to gang banger?   what does it look like for those that don't finish high school?

sort of the like the give a man a fish / teach a man to fish dichotomy.   You can tell kids these things, but your statements won't be impactful...show the kids these things and allow them to come to the same conclusion, and it will mean much more to them.


that whole idea has been tried many many many times before. basically there is too much temptation in the producers to layer on histrionics and over-playing it to the point it just isn't realistic anymore. kids will just think of their friend who is teen-pregnant or whatever that *didn't* have their life turn as ruinous as in the show and call BS. personal anecdotes trumps any random show that is trying to hard to 'teach' a lesson.

think of how well "Reefer Madness" worked. or any of the numerous numerous examples you can find of old educational films on archives. some of them are just patently ridiculous.

ridiculous enough they should be watched with RiffTrax if possible. obviously.
 
2014-01-15 10:08:01 AM

The My Little Pony Killer: Laobaojun:Why only make girls watch the video? Get guys in on that action, and give them a slideshow showcasing what a myriad of STDs look like on both sets of genitals. In addition to condoms, tell them about hormonal birth control and other barrier methods such as the cervical cap and the female condom. And let them know that abortion and adoption are both options.

Oh, and make sure that social welfare programs still exist just in case they try those methods and still wind up pregnant.


Hey, let's not get radical here.
 
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