A Kiss is Just a Kiss?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007 by scarlett

I was watching Degrassi High with a male friend (we’re both in our early twenties) and my sixteen-year-old sister. There was one episode where Caitlin, a fifteen-year-old, ropes her study partner, Arthur, a thirteen- or fourteen-year-old who is obviously smitten with her, into lying to her boyfriend Joey because she wants to cancel their date […]

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DJH: Censored PtII

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 by scarlett

In Censored, three male characters - Joey, Snake and Wheels - take to putting pinups of girls in bikinis in their lockers, and grading the girls of Degrassi as they go by in the halls. Two girls, LD and Alexa, retaliate by putting beefcake pinups in their lockers, and doing the same to the boys. […]

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DJH: Censored PtI

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007 by scarlett

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 […]

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Sex Sells… But With Hidden Costs

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 by scarlett

Just watched the very first episode of Degrassi Junior/High, called Kiss Me, Steph. Stephanie Kaye, parent’s newly divorced and struggling with her identity, decides to vamp up her image. Her best friend Voula doesn’t approve, but what does that matter as opposed to the “╦ťapproval’ of all the boys in the grade?
After a few days […]

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Why I Love Lucy

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006 by scarlett

Growing up watching Degrassi Junior/High - I was five when it went to air, ten when it went off the air and about fifteen when the ABC stopped rerunning it - I think it was Lucy Fernandez (Anais Granofsky) who started me on this road of feminism - particularly feminist women on a quest to […]

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Degrassi Junior/High

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006 by scarlett

There was a Canadian public broadcasting series, Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High, which ran from 1987-1992. In five years, it covered all manner of topical subjects (especially given the show centred around teenagers) including sex, pregnancy, abortion, rape, domestic violence, infidelity, sexual harassment, marital affairs, AIDS, homosexuality, interracial relationships - you name it, this […]

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