Have you seen that new show, The Secret Life of the American Teen? That’s the one where the good girl gets pregnant the first time she has sex and as a result suffers all manner of cliched teen baby mama drama.
Most mainstream reviewers have pointed out (and I agree) that the show is preachy and moralizing and employs scare tactics to hammer home the message that teen sex is a dangerous, emotionally ruinous thing. What hasn’t been discussed as much is the problem with the endorsement of the show by the Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy.
Despite having some philosophical differences with this group (for example, they are bigger on the necessity of two parent households than I am), the Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is an organization that I usually respect. They do important research and provide solid educational materials. So it irks me that they attached themselves to a TV show that’s so obviously flawed.
I understand the motivation. A prime time drama addressing their key issue makes for an obvious partnership. I guess I just wish that they could have found a better project to work with.
What do you think?