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Trystan T. Cotten and Kimberly Springer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604734072

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734072.001.0001

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Confessions from At-Risk Teens

Confessions from At-Risk Teens

Abstinence, the Social Construction of Promiscuity, and The Oprah Winfrey Show

(p.85) 6 Chapter Six Confessions from At-Risk Teens
Stories of Oprah

Katherine Gregory

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the regime of abstinence and what messages are circulating about teen sexuality, social agency, and stigma on The Oprah Winfrey Show (TOWS). It shows that in heightening parental paranoia, TOWS’s approach to public health issues makes teens’ allegedly deviant behavior hypervisible, thus shifting the focus from fostering healthy teen sexuality to reasserting hegemonic sexuality.

Keywords:   Oprah Winfrey, abstinence, teen sexuality, public health, parental paranoia, hegemonic sexuality

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