The show revolves around the main character, a 15 year old girl, getting pregnant after having a one-night stand at summer camp. While you might think that even the mention of a teenager getting pregnant on television, much less a whole tv show centered around it, is fairly progressive for basic cable, the show is written and produced by Brenda Hampton (aka the woman who brought us the lovable god-fearing uber-family featured on 7th Heaven). So of course after this 15 year old girl gets pregnant, the subject of abortion is brought up for about 5 seconds before being completely ignored. The rest of the season revolves around her decision of whether she should keep the baby or put it up for adoption -- surprise, surprise, she keeps it. While Mimi White does speak of the ideological problematic and how it recognizes that there is not one specific ideology that permeates all of television/media, this specific outcome does seem to be more dominant than its alternatives. Other examples of television's (unwanted) pregnancies with little to no discussion of abortion include: Friends, Lost, Desperate Housewives, and 90210. In all of these series, different perspectives or solutions may be discussed but the solution is almost always the same. The woman who is faced with a pregnancy at a troublesome point in her life must birth the child and usually, keep it as her own. Thus, the dominant ideological view that abortion is not acceptable is naturalized by keeping the discussion to a minimum or writing it off completely.
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