The busybodies at the Parents Television Council, which most recently objected to Glee showing kids it's okay for 17 and 18-year-olds to have safe sex with their long-term boyfriends, has released yet another breakdown of how TV is warping kids' minds. While it's already generally accepted that reality TV is one of the lowest forms of entertainment (with the exception of Project Runway), the PTC found that it's women who make these programs so awful — particularly when you only look at MTV shows known for their troubled and erratic female cast members!
The PTC's report "Reality of MTV: Gender Portrayals on Reality TV" hasn't been officially released yet, but it gave Fox News the first look, so we're viewing the study through an additional layer of puritanical hysteria. As part of its ongoing effort to analyze what the kiddies are watching for the benefit of parents too apathetic (or cool) to stand next to their kids and shoot them a disapproving look every time Stewie and Brian curse, the PTC set out to study what kids see on reality TV. It found that among 12 to 17-year-olds, Jersey Shore, Real World, Teen Mom 2, and 16 and Pregnant are among the most-watched prime time reality shows on cable. While we assume Ace of Cakes and Storage Wars are also at the top of that list, the PTC decided to limit the study to MTV programs.