Teen Pregnancy in Hollywood

First off, I don’t think MTV glamorizes teen pregnancy at all.  When I watch shows like “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant” all I see are young girls making dumb decisions and getting in trouble.  Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing new episodes, but the teen moms definitely do not seem like they have a glamorous life.  The baby-daddys are usually assholes, the (grand)parents constantly voice their disappointment, and the girls’ plans for school almost always fall through.  To me the message is simple: If you’re 16 and pregnant, your boyfriend will leave you, you won’t finish school, and you’re not going to have a social life ever again.  I don’t see this as glamorous.

And I don’t think all teen pregnancy statistics are being accurately conveyed.  People against the MTV series want to skew the numbers to make it look like the shows have had an impact on teen pregnancy rates in a negative way, when in fact, other articles, claiming the government studies as their data source, say the exact opposite.

“[A]ccording to a new government study that shows the U.S. teen birthrate falling dramatically in 2009 after a five percent increase from 2005 to 2007, experts say [MTV] may have redeemed itself with its gritty “16 and Pregnant” documentary series, which many teens credit with opening their eyes to the consequences of unprotected sex and early parenthood.”

http://tv.yahoo.com/blog/a-force-behind-the-lower-teen-birthrate-mtvs-16-and-pregnant–2023

MTV is doing a fine job of un-glamorizing the life of teen moms.  There is never an episode without conflict, or a relationship that ends up working out.  If young girls watch these episodes and envy the lives of the teen moms, they have bigger problems that aren’t going to be fixed by “un-glamorizing” the episodes any more.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. atuggle
    Mar 31, 2011 @ 00:42:47

    I completely agree. It does not teen moms look happy, glamorized or anything along those lines! They are CRAZY! haha

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  2. bh01480
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 09:04:25

    I do agree with you that the baby daddys are almost always jerks, the girls usually do not finish school, and the teen mom’s parents and/or the baby daddy’s parents voice their disappointment. These things might not look glamorous to us, but for all of the teen moms sitting at home watching this on television; it is probably a lot better then what they are doing.

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  3. wshurling
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 22:00:12

    I agree that it does show many hardships. However, it does seem that it shows that it is okay to have a kid that age, because the parents will take care of you. I am also strongly disgusted by how the “Baby Daddy” is in these episodes, whatever happened to real men who take responsibility for what they have done.

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