A few days ago I was scrolling through my timeline, as I usually do throughout the day, just to see what randomness I would come across. One particular tweet caught my attention and it said something along the lines of “16 & Pregnant” being used to glorify teen pregnancy. I wanted to respond instantly but didn’t have time to engage in a full on debate via Twitter so I decided to share with you all.
The MTV reality show has been around for a few years now and even has a spin-off called “Teen Mom”. The purpose of the series is to show how difficult life becomes during and after pregnancy. I never thought the show to be something negative or even saw it as a glorifying of sorts. Instead, I thought the show to be a form of birth control. I like that Dr. Drew found it necessary to follow these young women around and tape their lives during their last few weeks of pregnancy.
We get to see how relationships are affected. The soon to be mothers are thrown into adulthood, having to make tough decisions regarding whether their new families will work out the way they planned or if they will have to raise their children alone. I find myself getting frustrated with some of these young women but more so the young men because of their lack of maturity and consideration. At 22 years old, I can’t imagine myself being a mother, especially since I am not completely self-sufficient so to see these girls five and six years younger than me in this state is disheartening. They all think it is so easy and things will go as planned but they soon learn that it takes LOTS of work and even more compromise.
These girls are just coming to know themselves so how can they have already mastered the art of compromise or responsibility?
The reason I labeled the show as ‘birth control’ is because we’re provided with a first hand account of how living that life really is. While 95% of the reality shows now are killing countless brain cells, I feel that this one, along with it’s spin-off, “Teen Mom”, work to educate its viewers. We don’t get the boring ‘let’s sit down and talk about why you shouldn’t have sex before marriage’ spiel. Instead, you can visually see why you should refrain. Or, if you’re going to do it anyway, why you should protect yourself on every front. No one wants added stress on top of going to school and this show does a great job pointing out what a young girl would have to go through if she was not careful.
How do you feel about the show?
If you haven’t seen episodes, check them out at http://m.mtv.com/shows