Teen Viewers Of “16 & Pregnant” Have Screwed Up Perceptions Of What Teen Parenthood Is Really Like

  • ‘Heavy viewers’ of the shows “16 And Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” — especially ones who are teens — believe that teen mothers have “an enviable quality of life, a high income and involved fathers,” according to a new study by Indiana University. Researchers said heavy viewers believed things like it is not difficult to find childcare, it is easy to complete high school, and teen parents have a lot of time for themselves. Oh, MTV, what hath you wrought?  [ScienceDaily]
  • Here’s what you need to know about CeCe McDonald’s case. [Bitch Magazine]
  • Five productive ways to ask Lena Dunham about nudity on “Girls” … [Think Progress]
  • … and why questioning Lena Dunham’s “Girls” nudity was stupid, but Judd Apatow’s response wasn’t so smart either … [Flavorwire]
  • … and why, despite everything, Lena Dunham’s nudity is radical. [Flavorwire]
  • The House Judiciary Committee wouldn’t let a Democrat testify against Republican Trent Franks’ bill to restrict abortion rights.  [Roll Call]
  • A 16-year-old transgender girl of color in California is facing criminal charges for battery after she stood up to three girls who were taunting her. [The Root]
  • Check out this new book by Masha Gessen about the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot! [New York Times Review Of Books]
  • Tel Aviv, Isreal has unveiled the first memorial for lesbian and gay Holocaust victims. [BBC]
  • NPR hosted a discussion with Amanda Hess and Mikki Kendall about harassment of women on the Internet. [NPR]
  • Same-sex marriages in Utah will still be recognized at a federal level even if the state itself refuses to recognize the 1,300+ marriages that happened while it was briefly legal. [Guardian UK]
  • This Pakistani woman survived an attempted “honor” killing. [BBC]
  • Meanwhile, police chiefs in Pakistan are hoping to recruit more women — although the conservative culture is making this goal difficult. [Al Jazeera]
  • Meet Amber Ruffin, the first Black woman to write for a network late night talk show. [Jezebel]
  • How female corpses became a fashion trend, such as in Marc Jacobs’ latest campaign with Miley Cyrus. [Guardian UK]

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