Backing up Birth Control, and Each Other

In an ironic, but perhaps unplanned turn of events, this year’s Back Up Your Birth Control Day of Action comes the day after the premiere of season 4 of 16 and Pregnant. (And if you think I haven’t been waiting for this television event since the end of last season…you would be wrong.)

Like it or not, MTV’s shows about teen pregnancy and parenthood have become a cultural phenomenon in terms of how we learn and teach about sex. The young women, alone with the camera at the end of the show, usually confide that they regret not using protection or not using it correctly and sometimes even regret having sex in the first place. While this is happening, I’m usually imagining myself in some sort of time machine which will afford me the ability to distribute emergency contraception to these girls so they don’t get pregnant in the first place. In this scenario, they use it correctly and with conviction, but most importantly, without shame.


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