9 Women's Issues That 'Degrassi' Covered, And Got Right

By Kaitlin Reilly
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Degrassi has a long history (a 341 episode history) of taking on social issues through the medium of a teen television soap. You may only know of Degrassi as the birthplace of Drake's rap career, but the show is far more than just the launching point for stars like Drake, The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev, and 90210's Shenae Grimes. The show has tackled a ton of issues during its insanely long run, and while some episodes bordered on ridiculous (love you, Kevin Smith, but why are you filming a movie in Degrassi High?) most were poignant and gave us a narrative interpretation of real-world issues through characters we came to care about.

I was particularly impressed with Degrassi's recent sexual assault episode "Unbelievable," where a character was assaulted at a party after students took advantage of her intoxicated state. Though the episode showed the disturbing reactions from students, many of whom engaged in slut-shaming and victim-blaming after it was revealed that two Degrassi students had assaulted their classmate, it also showed the importance of combating these issues and how we can prevent assaults from happening in the future. It was a tough episode to stomach, but one worth watching and sharing with the teens in your life.

This isn't the first time that Degrassi tackled women's issues with grace (not that sexual assault is ONLY a women's issue, of course — though in this case, the rampant slut-shaming rings as, sadly, specifically female). The show had a number of episodes that targeted social issues in connection to women.

Here are the 9 episodes that I think did the job particularly well.

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