MTV and Teen PregnancyMTV and Teen Pregnancy

As the debates about these shows continue, this collection provides a valuable critical discourse to be used both inside and outside the classroom.

Author: Letizia Guglielmo

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810891708


Page: 276

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In MTV and Teen Pregnancy: Critical Essays on 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, contributors from a variety of backgrounds and expertise offer potent essays about the MTV programs 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, and Teen Mom 2. Divided into four parts, each section tackles the controversial representation of teen pregnancy from a different discipline. Part One explores gendered social norms and the shows’ representations of teenage motherhood. Part Two prompts readers to consider the intersections of race, class, gender, and the social and cultural power structures often glossed over in these programs. Part Three turns its attention to teenage fathers, and Part Four draws from TVs representations of reality to discuss the impact these shows may have on the viewing audience. As the debates about these shows continue, this collection provides a valuable critical discourse to be used both inside and outside the classroom.

Living No Girls Teenage DreamLiving No Girls Teenage Dream

This thesis explores theories of postfeminism and discourses of "can-do" and "at-risk" girlhood as they are enacted in MTV's teen pregnancy franchise, which I define as including 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, and Teen Mom 2.

Author: Lauren Maas Weinzimmer


ISBN: OCLC:892914863


Page: 348

View: 937

This thesis explores theories of postfeminism and discourses of "can-do" and "at-risk" girlhood as they are enacted in MTV's teen pregnancy franchise, which I define as including 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, and Teen Mom 2. Specifically, this project examines how MTV frames the young mothers featured across this franchise as what I label "postfeminist failures." Within its teen pregnancy programming, MTV exploits the shortcomings of the featured teen mothers. These failures include broken relationships, prison sentences, and subsequent pregnancy scares and pregnancies. Furthermore, these failures all stem from the teen mothers' initial failure to adequately manage her sexuality, as evidenced by getting pregnant at age sixteen. These failures constitute much of the plot of MTV's docu-dramatic series and have also spilled over into paratexts related to MTV's franchise. I contest in this thesis that the rhetoric of postfeminist failure, first articulated and exploited in 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, and Teen Mom 2, is then reproduced in the franchise's paratextual materials. These paratexts range from reunion shows hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky to tabloid magazine coverage. I also interrogate the celebrity status of MTV's featured teen mothers, especially those on Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2, and problematize publicity and fame rooted in the failure of these girls to adhere to normative standards of postfeminist womanhood. MTV's teen pregnancy franchise is categorized as reality television, a genre derided by many scholars as lowbrow and devoid of substance. In order to combat these assumptions about reality television, particularly because this teen pregnancy franchise is promoted as educational for its audience, MTV has fostered strategic partnerships with The Kaiser Family Foundation's "It's Your (Sex) Life Campaign" and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Through these partnerships, MTV has infused its reality content with pathways to information-rich websites about contraceptives and pregnancy prevention sponsored by each non-profit. Through analyzing these partnerships and cultural discourses surrounding teen pregnancy, I question the assumption by many proponents and critics of the franchise that the content must either be educational for its viewers or purely entertaining programming.

Teen Pregnancy and ParentingTeen Pregnancy and Parenting

A recent headline, “MTV's 16 and Pregnant Credited for Decline in Teen Pregnancy Rates,” provides one example that many people believe that Dolgen's show has fulfilled its claim for having prosocial benefits on teen viewers (Dinh, ...

Author: Keri Weed

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136161049


Page: 240

View: 554

Whether glamorised or stigmatised, teenage parenthood is all too often used to stand for a host of social problems, and empirical research results ignored. Identifying core controversies surrounding teen pregnancy and parenting, this book resolves misperceptions using findings from large-scale, longitudinal, and qualitative research studies from the US and other Western countries. Summarising the evidence and integrating it with a systems perspective, the authors explore ten prevalent myths about teenage parents, including: Teen pregnancy is associated with other behavior problems. Children of teen parents will experience cognitive delay, adjustment problems, and will themselves become teen parents. Better outcomes are achieved when teen mothers live with their own mothers. Teen pregnancy costs tax payers lots of money. Abstinence education is the best way to prevent teen pregnancy. Teen Pregnancy and Parenting ends by highlighting the prevention and intervention implications for families, practitioners, and policymakers. It will be of interest to academics and advanced students from a range of disciplines and professions including psychology, public policy, nursing, social work and sociology.


"Maci Bookout was just a normal, slightly overachieving high school girl in Chattanooga, Tennesse.

Author: Maci Bookout

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781682612835


Page: 192

View: 359

"Maci Bookout was just a normal, slightly overachieving high school girl in Chattanooga, Tennesse. But then she got prergnant, and everything turned upside down. Even as she rose to fame on MTV's hit series Teen Mom, Maci was struggling to balance life as a single teen mom with her own hopes and dreams"--Back cover.

Reconceptualizing Curriculum Literacy and Learning for School Age MothersReconceptualizing Curriculum Literacy and Learning for School Age Mothers

Othering the mothering: Postfeminist constructs in teen mom. In L. Guglielmo (Ed.), MTV and teenage pregnancy: Critical essays on 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom (pp. 49–64). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Author: Heidi L. Hallman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351205498


Page: 134

View: 451

Reconceptualizing Curriculum, Literacy, and Learning for School-Age Mothers offers a portrait of classroom literacy practices and learning opportunities that are provided for school-age mothers in two different schools. Through a series of case studies of school sites, teachers, and students, this book presents evidence of how these at-risk students use literacy in complex ways in the classroom and in their everyday lives. Attuned to the struggle for school-age mothers’ access to meaningful and challenging curriculum in public schools, as well as to the relative dearth of scholarly research on the topic, this volume demonstrates how educators can rethink the issue of schooling for this population of students.

Homeland MaternityHomeland Maternity

Kathryn Kost, Stanley Henshaw, and Liz Carlin, U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions: National and State Trends and Trends by Race and ... Letizia Guglielmo, ed., MTV and Teen Pregnancy: Critical Essays on “16 and Pregnant” and ...

Author: Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252051197


Page: 280

View: 316

In US security culture, motherhood is a site of intense contestation--both a powerful form of cultural currency and a target of unprecedented assault. Linked by an atmosphere of crisis and perceived vulnerability, motherhood and nation have become intimately entwined, dangerously positioning national security as reliant on the control of women's bodies. Drawing on feminist scholarship and critical studies of security culture, Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz explores homeland maternity by calling our attention to the ways that authorities see both non-reproductive and "overly" reproductive women's bodies as threats to social norms--and thus to security. Homeland maternity culture intensifies motherhood's requirements and works to discipline those who refuse to adhere. Analyzing the opt-out revolution, public debates over emergency contraception, and other controversies, Fixmer-Oraiz compellingly demonstrates how policing maternal bodies serves the political function of securing the nation in a time of supposed danger--with profound and troubling implications for women's lives and agency.

Conquering ChaosConquering Chaos

"How did two troublemaking kids from the trailer park make it through the storm of family dysfunction, teen pregnancy, and adoption without letting go of each other?

Author: Catelynn Lowell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781682613122


Page: 160

View: 227

MTV stars Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra share their story of teen pregnancy, adoption and breaking the cycle Since Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra shared their story of teen pregnancy and adoption on the MTV's 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, they've been known for their inspiring commitment to growing up right. Between their experience placing their first daughter for adoption, and their struggle to cope with problems in their families, Catelynn and Tyler were challenged in every imaginable way. But against all odds, the childhood sweethearts rose above the dysfunction to become responsible adults whose story has inspired many others. How did two troublemaking kids from the trailer park make it through the storm of family dysfunction, teen pregnancy, and adoption without letting go of each other? What gave them the strength to conquer the chaos of their lives and go on to become people their children could be proud of? And what really happened when the cameras weren't there? Now, in their debut book, Catelynn and Tyler tell the story in their own words...and they leave nothing out. From the wild behavior that went down before MTV to their experiences learning and teaching about adoption, Catelynn and Tyler lay it all out on the table. Open, honest, raw, and real, Conquering Chaos is an incredible look at two young people who beat the odds and used their victories to give hope to others.

Women and Popular Culture in CanadaWomen and Popular Culture in Canada

“16 and Pregnant, Masculinity, and Teen Fatherhood: Reconciling or Reinforcing Stereotypes?” MTV and Teen Pregnancy: Critical Essays on 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, edited by Letizia Guglielmo, Scarecrow Press, 2013, pp. 125–140.

Author: Laine Zisman Newman

Publisher: Women’s Press

ISBN: 9780889616158


Page: 275

View: 111

The first book of its kind, this volume explores women and non-binary people in popular culture in Canada, with a focus on intersectional analysis of settler colonialism, race, white privilege, ability, and queer representations and experiences in diverse media. The chapters include discussions of film, television, videogames, music, and performance, as well as political events, journalism, social media, fandom, and activism. Throughout this collection, readers are encouraged to think carefully about the role women play in the cultural landscape in Canada as active viewers, creators, and participants. Covering a wide range of topics from historical perspectives to recent events, media, and technologies, this collection acts as an introduction, an archive, and a continuing commitment to lifting the voices and stories of women and popular culture in Canada. This book is a must-read for gender studies and media studies courses that focus on popular culture, Canadian feminism, and Canadian media. FEATURES includes questions for critical thought that stimulate discussion focuses on intersections of race, gender, ability, and sexuality provides contemporary Canadian content from an interdisciplinary and intersectional lens

The Bizarre World of Reality TelevisionThe Bizarre World of Reality Television

Maybe such celebrity doesn't send the negative message that teen pregnancy is bad. ... Like so much of MTV, the station gets kids and shows them as they often are: petulant, hormonal, obnoxious, sexual, crazed, maniacal—all the things ...

Author: Stuart Lenig

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440838552


Page: 332

View: 295

How do reality television programs shape our view of the world and what we perceive as real and normal? This book explores the bizarre and highly controversial world of reality television, including its early history, wide variety of subject matter, and social implications. • Explains why reality television plays such a large role in popular culture and why it is so representative of American society in the 21st century • Contextualizes reality television as a postmodernist form of new media that has vastly altered the landscape of traditional television programming • Examines the phenomenon of reality programming in the context of the history of radio and television broadcasting as it originated in the U.S. market • Answers the common question, "Why would anyone want to watch this show?" by describing and analyzing the reason for a specific program's construction—and often, success—within the framework of audience study findings

A Womb With a View America s Growing Public Interest in PregnancyA Womb With a View America s Growing Public Interest in Pregnancy

Sixteen and Pregnant, seasons 1—5, 2009—2012 (MTV). 26. James Dinh, “MTV's 16 and Pregnant Credited for Decline in Teen Pregnancy Rates,” MTV Network, December 22, 2010, ...

Author: Laura Tropp

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440828102


Page: 193

View: 126

Through history, interviews, anecdotes, and popular culture, this book examines pregnancy from all angles, covering changing expectations for pregnancy; new definitions of when fatherhood begins; the implications of new, earlier connections to the fetus; and the political, economic, and social consequences to the public.

The International Encyclopedia of Media Effects 4 Volume SetThe International Encyclopedia of Media Effects 4 Volume Set

However, recent research on MTV's popular reality show 16 and Pregnant suggests that the potential for ... As a response to high rates of teen pregnancy in the United States by comparison to other industrialized countries, in 2009 MTV ...

Author: Patrick R?ssler

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118784044


Page: 2336

View: 590

The International Encyclopedia of Media Effects presents a comprehensive collection of the most up-to-date research on the uses and impacts of media throughout the world. Provides the definitive resource on the most recent findings of media effects research Covers all aspects of the uses and impact of media, utilizing empirical, psychological, and critical research approaches to the field Features over 200 entries contributed by leading international scholars in their associated fields Offers invaluable insights to for students, scholars and professionals studying and working in related fields, and will stimulate new scholarship in emerging fields such as the Internet, Social Media and Mobile Communication Part of The Wiley Blackwell-ICA International Encyclopedias of Communication series, published in conjunction with the International Communication Association

Dealing with Teen PregnancyDealing with Teen Pregnancy

In 2009, MTV first aired the popular television show 16 and Pregnant. This show documented the struggles of different teenagers who became pregnant around the age of 16. Each story followed the journey of a teenage girl for five to ...

Author: Emily Mahoney

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9781534560192


Page: 112

View: 432

How big of a concern is teen pregnancy in today’s society? What options do teens have once they get pregnant? This controversial issue is examined in depth, presenting young adults with information from all sides of the debate. Graphs and full-color photographs highlight the discussion of the underlying social factors that are the root causes of teen pregnancy to make readers better informed about these issues. A list of websites gives pregnant teens resources to turn to for support and advice.

Mediated Sexuality and Teen PregnancyMediated Sexuality and Teen Pregnancy

This thesis utilizes quantitative content analysis to explore themes of teenage sexuality, sexual experimentation, and pregnancy in the ABC Family television program, the Secret Life of the American Teenager (Secret Life).

Author: Nicole D. Reamer


ISBN: OCLC:830005630


Page: 105

View: 845

This thesis utilizes quantitative content analysis to explore themes of teenage sexuality, sexual experimentation, and pregnancy in the ABC Family television program, the Secret Life of the American Teenager (Secret Life). The program, Secret Life, follows the events surrounding the life of a 15-year old girl who discovers she is pregnant just before her first year of high school. The project was guided by previous media research that has utilized Bandura's Social Cognitive Theory and Gerbner's Cultivation Theory to explore the role of mediated portrayals in the lives of viewers. While this thesis is not an effects study, it was designed with future studies with audience involvement in mind. The results of this content analysis indicate that there is a significant proportion of sexually-themed content present throughout episodes of Secret Life - with 40% of the sample coded as containing sexual themes. The program reflects many real-life research projects about the ways in which teenagers communicate about sexuality with others (e.g., peers, parents, medical professionals) as well as provides insight into one version of reality in the growing teen pregnancy genre (which includes MTV programs such as 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom).

Reproductive Rights Issues in Popular MediaReproductive Rights Issues in Popular Media

Cunningham, Carolyn M. “sixteen and not Pregnant: teen-Created youtube Parody videos and sexual risk-taking in the ... 2016. dinh, James. “Mtv's 16 And Pregnant Credited for decline in teen Pregnancy rates.” MTV. Mtv, 22 dec. 2010. Web.

Author: Waltraud Maierhofer

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476669403


Page: 236

View: 221

"No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body." Almost a century after Margaret Sanger wrote these words, women's reproductive rights are still hotly debated in the press and among policymakers, while film, television and other media address issues of birth control and abortion to global audiences. This collection of new essays brings fresh perspectives to the study of family planning, contraception and abortion with a focus on their representation in popular media. Topics include dramas of adoption and abortion, telling the story of the pill, Sanger's depiction in entertainment media, and a controversy about demographic developments stirred by Carl Djerassi, also known as "the father of the pill."

San Diego MagazineSan Diego Magazine

Modern media portrays sex for teens as far too positive an experience in such small-screen masterpieces as MTV's Teen Mom, which chronicles 16-year- old pregnancy and motherhood. New technology, social media and the now-famous "sexting" ...





Page: 144

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San Diego Magazine gives readers the insider information they need to experience San Diego-from the best places to dine and travel to the politics and people that shape the region. This is the magazine for San Diegans with a need to know.

Media Effects Research A Basic OverviewMedia Effects Research A Basic Overview

STUDY BOX 6-3 Is MTV's 16 and Pregnant Helping to Reduce Teen Pregnancy? ... An analysis of the show's content reveals that the vast majority of pregnant teens featured on various episodes weren't attempting to get pregnant; ...

Author: Glenn G. Sparks

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781305686380


Page: 368

View: 448

Packed with current examples and the latest research available, MEDIA EFFECTS RESEARCH: A BASIC OVERVIEW, 5e, offers a comprehensive introduction to the study of mass media's effects on society. Using an engaging personal narrative style, the author presents media theories in the context of current research findings-giving readers a clear understanding of how the effects of mass media are measured and what the latest research has concluded about media's influence on our lives. Completely up to date, the Fifth Edition offers new coverage of electronic media's effects on sleep displacement, TV viewing and obesity research, media violence, emotions in cooperative video game play, first- vs. second-order cultivation, agenda-setting theory research, new media's effects on imitative suicides, Internet use statistics, screen time and face-to-face interaction, multitasking, and much more. In addition, 19 all-new Study Boxes offer an in-depth look at media effects information in real-world practice. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Teen ParentingTeen Parenting

In this viewpoint, she writes about the MTV shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. Grant believes that these shows do present a realistic picture ofteen parenting because they show the abusive and painful relationships the teens have with ...

Author: Laurie Willis

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 9780737764611


Page: 96

View: 491

Help your readers to explore the issues surrounding teen parenting. The pro versus con format of the essays in this book presents diversity of opinion on the topic, including both conservative and liberal points of view in an even balance. Readers will evaluate several issues, such as whether the children of teen parents are disadvantaged, whether babies of teen fathers have greater health challenges, and whether teen parenting TV shows are realistic. Your readers will be able to make wise choices after learning these facts.

Embodying the ProblemEmbodying the Problem

MTV and Teen Pregnancy: Critical Essays on 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. Scarecrow Press, 2013. Guglielmo, Letizia, and Kimberly Wallace Stewart. “16 and Pregnant and the Unvarnished Truth about Teen Pregnancy.” In Guglielmo, MTV and ...

Author: Jenna Vinson

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813591025


Page: 256

View: 177

The dominant narrative of teen pregnancy persuades many people to believe that a teenage pregnancy always leads to devastating consequences for a young woman, her child, and the nation in which they reside. Jenna Vinson draws on feminist and rhetorical theory to explore how pregnant and mothering teens are represented as problems in U.S. newspapers, political discourses, and teenage pregnancy prevention campaigns since the 1970s. Vinson shows that these representations prevent a focus on the underlying structures of inequality and poverty, perpetuate harmful discourses about women, and sustain racialized gender ideologies that construct women’s bodies as sites of national intervention and control. Embodying the Problem also explores how young mothers resist this narrative. Analyzing fifty narratives written by young mothers, the recent #NoTeenShame social media campaign, and her interviews with thirty-three young women, Vinson argues that while the stigmatization of teenage pregnancy and motherhood does dehumanize young pregnant and mothering women, it is at the same time a means for these women to secure an audience for their own messages. More information on the author's website (

The Mother Blame GameThe Mother Blame Game

“Teen Momism on MTV: Postfeminist Subjectivities in 16 and Pregnant.” MTV and Teen Pregnancy: Critical Essays on 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. Ed. Letizia Guglielmo. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2013. 318. Print. Nathanson, Constance.

Author: Vanessa Reimer

Publisher: Demeter Press

ISBN: 9781772580334


Page: 311

View: 260

The Mother-Blame Game is an interdisciplinary and intersectional examination of the phenomenon of mother-blame in the twenty-first century. As the socioeconomic and cultural expectations of what constitutes “good motherhood” grow continually narrow and exclusionary, mothers are demonized and stigmatized—perhaps now more than ever—for all that is perceived to go “wrong” in their children’s lives. This anthology brings together creative and scholarly contributions from feminist academics and activists alike to provide a dynamic study of the many varied ways in which mothers are blamed and shamed for their maternal practice. Importantly, it also considers how mothers resist these ideologies by engaging in empowered and feminist mothering practices, as well as by publicly challenging patriarchal discourses of “good motherhood.”