On the show, the five teen couples live together for the first time and fast-forward through the various stages of parenthood, starting by wearing an “empathy belly,” then caring for a real live infant. After a few days, the couples move beyond babies to toddlers, preteens, young teenagers and eventually senior citizens.
A few days isn’t enough to understand the responsibilities of parents, but some think it’s too long to separate babies and toddlers from their real parents.
The show debuts on June 25.
Brazil’s primetime soap operas may be lowering the birth rate, writes Preeti Aroon in a Foreign Policy blog.
In 1960, the average Brazilian woman had 6.3 children. By 2000, the fertility rate was down to 2.3.
Telenovelas, which are wildly popular, show small families: 72 percent of female leads have no children, while 21 percent have just one.
Using census data from 1970 to 1991 and data on the entry of Rede Globo into different markets, the researchers found that women living in areas that received Globo’s broadcast signal had significantly lower fertility. . . . Additionally, people in areas with Globo’s signal were more likely to name their children after novela characters . . .
Future Pundit suggests subsidizing TV access in Africa, Afghanistan and other poor, high-fertility places. If nothing else, it will give them an alternate evening activity.
Foreign Policy also reported on a study in India that found: “Women living in villages that acquired satellite TV — whose shows tend to depict relatively liberated urban women — came to have less tolerance for spousal abuse and less bias in favor of having boys. They also became more able to spend money without a husband’s permission.”
Perhaps we need more TV shows broadcast in the West depicting traditional family values and more TV shows broadcast in the Third World depicting modern liberal values. Some day, we’ll meet in the broad upland fields between Gilmore Girls and The Waltons.