teens·​ploi·​ta·​tion ˌtēn-(ˌ)splȯi-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce teensploitation (audio)
: the exploitation of teenagers by producers of teen-oriented films

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Not Another Teen Movie sent up teensploitation flicks from both the '80s and '90s, and its faux-romantic finale features Ringwald herself, referencing Pretty in Pink directly and trying to talk some sense into lovesick teens. Drew Mackie, Peoplemag, 29 Aug. 2022 Johnston asked his bandmates, and indeed the HBO teensploitation drama licensed the song for a scene in an episode from Season 2. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 This is a pulpy B movie that is dying to be a prestige project, and there’s a big part of you that wishes everyone had just leaned into the teensploitation aspects more. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 8 Apr. 2021 Visually, the band was often photographed in vintage fashions, the aesthetic bleeding into music videos that evoked the days of high school teensploitation films and sleazy, street-level Hollywood glam. Jessi Roti, chicagotribune.com, 4 Oct. 2019

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Word History


teen entry 1 + -sploitation (from blaxploitation)

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of teensploitation was in 1982

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Cite this Entry

“Teensploitation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teensploitation. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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