The Prom Myth

In this article, Anne Morse explores the assumptions that have swirled around prom night. She examines the attitudes of different parents towards this perceived night of adolescent hedonism and debauchery.

I must admit, what I saw on Beverly Hills 90210 shaped my preconceptions about prom. It was to be a night of drink and sex, though this was more implied rather than shown in this particular show. I’m guessing that today’s teenage dramas don’t hold back as much, the OC, anyone?

I suppose that one funny difference between 90210 and the OC is that the teenagers in the latter are played by actual teenagers as opposed to middle-aged actors.

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