Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 07/21/2010

Forever 21′s Materntiy Line and the Normalization of Teen Pregnancy

I am 17, and when I close my eyes and think of what my life would be like if I were to become pregnant in the near future, my cynical mind goes here: I am holding a tiny child that is crying and spitting something that was probably at one time the baby food I bought instead of those jeans I *really fricken wanted* as I am on the computer, turning down the college of my dreams in favor of an educational option that will allow me to raise my little bundle of joy. I haven’t slept more than 3 hours at a time in a few months, and sleep ranks right below eating and right above breathing on my list of general priorities. I call the father of little …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 04/25/2010

Support Women Artists Sunday: Ellen Page

A lot of people may criticize Juno, saying that it’s an unrealistic portrayal of teen pregnancy (and these are valid claims) – but it’s hard to deny how awesome Ellen Page was in that movie. She’s funny, clearly smart and a very talented actress and she definitely deserves some FBomb love.

Born Ellen Philpotts-Page on February 21, 1987 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The daughter of a teacher and a graphic designer, Ellen Page took an interest in theater from a young age. She performed in her first local production in the fifth grade and won Canada’s prestigious Gemini nomination for her role in the made-for-TV movie Pit Pony in 1997. The busy actress went on to appear in several Canadian television series, including the Pit Pony spin-off, Trailer Park

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 09/29/2009

Bust Magazine: Ellen, Alia and Teens oh my!

Every so often, a magical thing happens. I open the mailbox and buried beneath bills that have no relevance to me and the catalogues that try to sell me more useless crap, there is Bust Magazine. Today was one of those days. 

But today was even more magical for two reasons (2.5 really):

1) Ellen Page and Alia Shawkat are on the cover to promote Whip It!, and therefore are interviewed (ashdklfjasldkfjalkdsfh!!!!). In addition to my love for these young women in general, they also represent the brilliance of Juno and Arrested Development. Clever writing just doesn’t get any better than in these two pieces of artistry. 

2) The article after the cover interview: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – an account by a teenage feminist on the state …

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Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 05/10/2009

Girlmom.com

Doesn’t it seem like teenage pregnancy has been coming up a lot lately? I mean, it has always been a favorite way for the media to proclaim young girls as stupid, wild tramps. But it sort of seems like the media is attempting to take another position, since the stupid, wild ramp image is being frowned upon a little more (wonder why…?) 

First there was Juno.

 

I loved Juno, but more for the hilarious one-liners (Bren-duh) than the actual plot of her pregnancy. In the end I don’t think the movie actually made a strong argument about teen pregnancy. Diablo Cody kind of copped out by avoiding abortion (granted, if Juno had aborted, it would have been a totally different movie) but also avoiding having Juno …

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