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  • What did Liberty and Jenna have in common?

    Posted on 05/04/2011 by Mary

    If you didn't already hear, today's the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. I know, every day should be the Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, but today's the day we make SURE we talk about it.

    On TeenNick, we're showing the episodes of Degrassi where Jenna, KC, Liberty, and JT faced those terrifying little pink lines: positive pregnancy tests.

    JT, Liberty, Jenna and KC -- characters from Degrassi who faced teen pregnancy
    JT, Liberty, Jenna, and KC are some of the Degrassi characters who have faced teen pregnancy

    One thing we've learned on Degrassi (or maybe you've learned it just by looking around at your high school) is that teen pregnancy isn't caused by being "a certain kind of person."

    Liberty and Jenna are pretty different characters -- the responsible, brainiac, "innocent" student council-er vs. the singing cheerleader who encouraged her boyfriend to cheat on his math test.

    And JT and KC have some major differences too (even if they both went by initials) -- the slightly dorky, happy-go-lucky jokester vs. the emotionally tortured, all-star jock with a brain.

    But they all have one major thing in common: they faced an unplanned pregnancy.

    Over on the website, they've got a "Myth Monsters" game to help you bust through the myths surrounding teen sex, birth control, and pregnancy. Or if you don't feel like going through the whole game, you can just check out their list of common myths like "Everyone is doing it" and "You can't get pregnant if..."

    To that list of myths, I just want to add...
    MYTH: "Only bad/bratty/boyfriend-stealer/promiscuous girls get pregnant."
    Pregnancy is a result of sex, not of "goodness" or "badness". Anyone who has unprotected or poorly protected sex can end up facing the same life-changing problem.

  • Degrassi: Let's talk about Love Lockdown.

    Posted on 10/22/2010 by Mary

    SPOILERS BELOW. Watch the episode first, here. Then, let's talk.

    1) Declan and Holly J... I'm gonna talk about this more in a separate blog. But what are your thoughts on the episode?

    2) Holly J regrets what happened. And I'm sure now that he knows Holly J regrets it, Declan regrets it, too. So, a regrettable situation for all involved. What do you think each of them could and should have done to prevent this from happening?

    3) Clare and Eli... as much as it was difficult to watch Clare being so smug at that dinner with her parents, especially since she was hurting Eli, I still felt compassion for her because of what she's going through. How did you feel about Clare during that scene?

    4) What did you think of Bizarro-Clare's temporary look? What if she just started dressing like that all the time from now on?

  • Degrassi: Declan... whoa.

    Posted on 10/15/2010 by Mary

    Ummm. So... well, first SPOILERS BELOW if you haven't watched Love Lockdown pt. 1 yet. (It'll be online soon, don't worry.) Everyone else:

    1) What just happened with Holly J and Declan? What are your thoughts? I was gripping the sides of my chair and just... upset but confused and flabbergasted and confused and upset. I don't think Declan is an evil person -- at ALL -- but that really, really upset me, personally. What was your reaction to that last scene?

    2) Oh God. What about Sav? Ohhh man.

    3) Did you see that glint in Clare's eye when she realized her parents were united in opposition to her piercing? Ruh roh...

    4) Here's how we know Eli truly, truly cares for Clare: he's worried her parents won't like him. What's the opposite of a red flag, a green flag? Well then that right there is what we call a new boyfriend green flag. Eli... your perfection is simply intoxicating.

    5) Haha, as much as I felt bad for Chantay fighting the good fight to save a Spirit Squad no one else seems to care about... I probably would have felt pretty meh if the cheerleading squad (if you could call it that) got disbanded in high school. What clubs would you fight to save if Simpson shut them down?

  • Degrassi Debate: Homewreckers vs. sluts.

    Posted on 04/14/2010 by Mary

    There's a pretty interesting Degrassi debate going on right now:

    "ughh!! I HATE JENNA! shes a sluut!" -icegirl111
    "I wouldn't say she's a slut, I'd say she's a homewrecker." - Sner2000
    "isnt a homewrecker a slut?" - junior08A
    "Uh no. Slut = has multiple partners. Homewrecker = Someone who intentionally ruins peoples relationships. I don't think she's either. Maybe she could be considered a homewrecker, but I think she genuinely liked KC." - ispinnerrr

    My personal contribution to the debate is fourfold.

    1) While I personally agree with ispinnerrr that the term "slut" is usually used to mean "promiscuous female", and that I can very easily picture a "homewrecker" who is not promiscuous...

    2) I'm not sure that "genuinely liking" the boyfriend you steal makes it not a homewrecker situation. What do you guys think?

    3) Also, I feel the overwhelming urge to quote Tina Fey in Mean Girls: "You all have got to stop calling each other sluts.... It just makes it ok for guys to call you sluts." Especially since people don't tend to call promiscuous guys "sluts", and definitely not with the same venom they reserve for promiscuous girls -- the ol' double standard. Which brings to mind...

    4) A question: can guys be "homewreckers", too? Would anyone call a guy who stole someone's bf/gf a "homewrecker"? I've never heard it done, but maybe you have? Or maybe you have another pet term for a guy who steals someone's bf/gf?

  • Teen pregnancy is preventable.

    Posted on 04/02/2010 by Mary

    Holly J said, "Sav's grown up enough to have sex; he's grown up enough to tell his parents he has a girlfriend."

    True that, and furthermore... if Sav and Anya are grown up enough to have sex, they're BOTH grown up enough to have made a much more thorough, concrete plan for how they were going to prevent a pregnancy -- a pregnancy that would deeply affect both of their lives -- instead of, like, a two sentence conversation two seconds before it happened.

    As they say at," Teen pregnancy is 100% preventable. (Unless it's the result of sexual violence.) What else can you say that about? Either don't have sex at all, or use protection every single time."

  • Off like a Degrassi prom dress?

    Posted on 03/21/2010 by Mary

    Maybe it's the uniqueness of the night, the fact that everyone smells so darn good, or that little extra leeway on curfew people get... but why does prom night have this air of "let's make this night special, and by special, I mean SPECIAL"? Do you and/or your friends think there's any reason to go further on prom night than you would on any other night?

    (Looks like Anya and Sav might, though I guess there are other factors at work there, too.)