Stephanie Bor’s Research Published in Media Journal
Stephanie Bor, assistant professor of electronic media at the Reynolds School, was recently published in Taylor & Francis’ online journal, Media History. Bor’s article, “Lucy’s two babies: framing the first televised depiction of pregnancy,” looks at the strategies media outlets used in the 1950s to discuss the incorporation of Lucille Ball’s pregnancy into her television sitcom, I Love Lucy.
Bor goes on to analyze how the media’s overall positive framing of the decision to televise Ball’s pregnancy decades ago helped to normalize the idea of televised pregnancy and childbirth, leading to the numerous representations we see depicted on television today.
“In a day and age when celebrity pregnancies receive heavy coverage in the news media, and televised childbirth has become normalized through shows such as ’16 and Pregnant’ and ‘I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant,’ it is significant to understand the roots of this popular media topic,” Bor said of her work.