The episode of Degrassi Junior High, Censored, evolves around a parent’s movement to have Spike ousted from the school for being pregnant. Having a pregnant student in the population, they claim, is a bad influence.
(In all fairness, a couple of people point out that Spike might actually be happier at a school created for pregnant teenagers, with all the support tailored for such girls, rather then at a generic state school full of uneducated, judgemental people.)
There’s a mixed reaction to this movement, ending up with a couple of students taking up Spike’s cause. At the centre of this counter-movement is the hypocrisy in attempting to have Spike thrown out and completely overlooking Shane’s part in the process; no-one is trying to have him thrown out.
Whenever this is pointed out, advocates of Spike’s expulsion have no excuse for their hypocrisy. It was a good examination of the double standards we hold towards single mothers, single teenage mothers in particular – let’s heap all the blame on the woman/girl and forget the man/boy had anything to do with it.
(Incidentally, in Australia at least, it’s reasonably hard to get a prescription for hormone-based birth control, or fitted for a diaphragm, if you’re under the age of consent, which puts the onus of birth control onto the guy, so that makes it even more his responsibility then usual.)
I really liked that these double-standards were addressed, and that when confronted, the advocates of these double-standards had nothing to say in their defence. I wish we had more such confrontations of double standards in television – it might get more people thinking about them, and how it’s time to abandon them.