The television industry doesn’t traditionally spent a lot of time portraying the use of contraception on screen, but some sexual health advocacy groups are working to change that. NPR reports that the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has been focusing on making connections with the Hollywood executives who work on teen-oriented shows, such as Glee and Gossip Girl, to help ensure that the shows accurately portray teen sexuality and teen pregnancy. One TV executive who has worked with the organization for more than a decade recalled a past focus group with teenagers who pointed out the lack of examples of safe sex in the media. “These teenagers specifically said, ‘Well, no one on TV uses condoms.’ And I remember thinking, ‘Wow. We really need to do a better job of representing life,’ “ she said.
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