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How sex is portrayed on TV affects the way we think about abortion and contraception.

Swigger, Nathaniel (2016) How sex is portrayed on TV affects the way we think about abortion and contraception. USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog (29 Jun 2016). Website.

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Abstract

What we watch on television influences what we think about the world. But what about shows which are supposedly apolitical? In new research, Nathaniel Swigger finds that such shows can still carry important messages about behavioral norms and expectations. Using two television sitcoms which give different portrayals of sex, “How I Met Your Mother” and “Parks & Recreation”, he finds that messages that “Boys will be boys” mean that viewers are more likely to believe that women bear responsibility for sex and its consequences, such as contraception and abortion.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2016 11:59
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2020 23:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/67228

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