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Check out Advocates for Youth and their contribution to Conversations for a
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From: Ida Jeng Christensen
Date: Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 4:21 PM
Subject: Youth Sexuality in News & Culture: Fact or Fiction?
To: Lindsay Menard-Freeman
As you may know, we recently launched our conversation on youth, sex and
media lead by Advocates for Youth. Check out
www.conversationsforabetterworld.com and their two, great, first blog-posts:
If you have capacity to help us spread the word, feel free to:
- *Share the email invitation *below with your networks. The email
invitation describes the topic of the month and the blog-posts we are
- *Share our monthly newsletter *(coming next week!).
- *Re-tweet and post the blog-posts by Advocates for Youth.* Their
Twitter name is (at) advocatestweets if you want to mention them.
Youth Sexuality in News & Culture: Fact or Fiction?
Open a newspaper, or turn on the television and what do you see: Promiscuous
teens gone wild, conservative virgins, teenage parents, lots of sex. We,
young people, are being bombarded with headlines, advertisements, movies and
music videos. It looks like fun, but whats the reality? What about teen
pregnancy, HIV and sexual transmitted diseases? Do media show the whole
picture, or do they stereotype youth sexuality?
We are dedicating an entire month to the topic of youth, sex and media
for a Better World* . Start
blogging! Send us media
pieces, headlines, articles, music videos, movies, or videos featuring teen
parenting and sexual choices. Tell us what you think. Or
Tweet your thoughts.
*Meet the bloggers*
Advocates for Youth will be blogging all month and taking the lead. Talk to
- Let's Talk About Sex - Because Lives are on the
- MTV "Ignites" a change in Kenya, Zambia, and Trinidad & Tobago
Share examples from your country
Or blog about some of the examples below:
- In the comic movie *Juno* we follow the footsteps of a 16-year old girl
from pregnancy test to delivery room. Hello, Id like to procure a hasty
abortion, she says jokingly when she calls a womens health clinic. But is
it really that funny to be 16 and pregnant?
- Or think of the Indian movie *Tere Sang*; the very first of its kind to
feature teen parenting. Its about the sweet & bubbly 15 year old girl
Maahi, whos impregnated by the rebellious 17-year old Kabi. The message is
clear: Sex before marriage is a big mistake. Is this the right message?
- There's also the Ugandan music video *Carolina* by Bobi. A pretty girl
with a promising career ahead of her suddenly disappears from school one
day, only to show up several years later, sick poor and with several kids.
Sex before marriage isnt the best idea, says this music video. Are music
videos like these helpful and fair?
- And let's not forget the TV-series *16 & Pregnant* from MTV which has
turned into a true media industry. One day, the young parents are being
slammed in the tabloids under accuse of being uneducated, irresponsible,
abusive, immoral, and destined to a life of poverty. The next day, they are
hitting red carpet events. What exactly is the reality of teen parenting in
your culture? Do media show the right picture?
- And theres *Justin Bieber* on the front page of the magazine Rolling
Stones, preaching about abstinence before marriage: I don't think you
should have sex with anyone unless you love them," he says. The next day,
hes tongue-kissing his girlfriend and tweeting the pictures so the world
can see. What exactly is the message here?
Questions for consideration
- Do you have examples of really cool ads, Youtube videos, commercials or
articles that you consider fair in their approach to teen parenting?
- Do media stereotype youth sexuality, perpetuate a double standard, or
do media report fairly?
- Whats the role of music videos - are they showing teen parenting as
something normal and healthy?
- What about teen pregnancy and teen sexuality in advertisements - do
they portray a positive and realistic approach to teen parenting?
- What exactly is the reality of teen parents and teen sexuality in your
- Do media talk enough about safer sex and contraception?
- Do they give us enough information about the downside of sex - from
sexually transmitted infections to pregnancy to emotional consequences?
- Sometimes media put teen pregnancy on a pedestal is this helping
young people make the right choices?
- How is teen pregnancy perceived in your culture?
- Are young mothers as equipped as older mothers to provide an
environment that enhances the infant's development?
- Do you see examples of misinformation or exaggeration in the media?
- Do you think theres a difference in the perception of teen pregnancy
from country to country?
- What happens if teenage parents lives are portrayed in negative ways?
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