Monthly Archives: April 2011

Teen pregnancies and television

Two popular television shows on MTV deal with teen pregnancy — Teen Moms and 16 and Pregnant. A recent Los Angeles Times article takes a look at the show and the fact that some of its stars are now tabloid fodder — especially the ones who have gotten in trouble with the law. The show does present the struggles that these young parents face. The story cites a survey commissioned and published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy that found 93 percent of youth surveyed at various Boys and Girls Clubs of America said they agreed that they learned teen parenthood was “harder than [they] imagined” after watching an episode of “16 and Pregnant.” That message, says Amy Kramer, director of the campaign, is the show’s important takeaway, the article states.

What do you think about the show? Should these young men and women become instant tabloid celebrities?

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Prolific children’s author interviewed by NY Times

Many of us grew up reading Beverly Cleary‘s novels, which include the Beezus and Ramona series. Cleary turns 95 tomorrow, and the New York Times recently profiled the author. It is a fascinating read about an author whose books have been part of so many people’s childhoods. Below is one of my favorite paragraphs from the New York Times profile.

“How does Cleary explain her popularity? ‘I wrote books to entertain,’ she told me. People often asked what she was trying to teach in her books. She would reply, ‘I’m not trying to teach anything!’ This was the same attitude she had when she was first reading. ‘If I suspected the author was trying to show me how to be a better behaved girl, I shut the book,’ she remembered.”

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