How the media's portrayal of girls affects teens

June 2, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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Shows like 'Teen Mom' have been accused of glamorizing teen pregnancy.

SlutWalk Chicago takes place on Saturday in the Loop. The march originally took place in response to a comment by a Toronto police officer, that women should "avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized."

But the effort to connect what a woman looks like to how she’s treated is far longer-standing and pervasive. And it starts young, especially in the media. So what are young girls learning about womanhood from television?

Dr. Sharon Ross researches this very topic as  a Professor in the Television Department at Columbia College Chicago. She joined Eight Forty-Eight to explain what she hears from teens about the media they’re consuming.