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The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Thought-provoking docu with language and mentions of sex.

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The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears will make adults who came of age during the early 2000s reflect on how the pop culture media of the time contributed to their own development, and wonder if we're doing any better for today's teenagers. 2020's teens may be reluctant to watch a documentary about their parents' old-fashioned music, as they weren't even alive during Spears' heyday. However, parents who can convince their teens to watch this documentary with them can use it as a springboard for nuanced and complex discussions about sexuality and mental health. It's also a great way to have an organic conversation with teens about media literacy, and the importance of being a critical consumer of news. While entertainment news may seem light and fluffy, it's also a mirror on society's values. Framing Britney Spears is great for teens and parents to watch together, and it'll be especially salient for teens with an interest in feminism and mental health advocacy.

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