Sex. What "The Pregnancy Project" Can Teach You (And Your Kids)
SEX. I wrote it. The three-letter word that everyone avoids. We hide the textbooks and ward off the movies and instead pretend that teens do not have sex. I would have to say that not only are they having sex but they are not using protection. We as parents are relying on the stigma of teen pregnancy to prevent it instead of education.
This movie is not about sex. In fact, it is about how people view others. I do highly recommend watching this movie to begin to talk about the ramifications of teen pregnancy and sex. In fact this movie is a wonderful conversational starter for so many topics. How to treat others. How not to judge others. How to offer education and support to teenagers who are facing teen pregnancy. I could teach for months based on this one movie.
The movie concludes with the pregnant pause that draws in the crowd as they wait breathlessly for the conclusion to the social experiment that categorized their stereotypes into a senior thesis. The impending judgment looms as every word uttered by Gabby unravels their stereotypical notions. The movie presented by Lifetime exemplifies the judgment we all pass. It shows us that just because it has happened in the past to others, doesn’t mean that teen pregnancy is an inheritable disease.
This movie is based on the true story of Gabby Rodriguez. She was born to a teen mother. She was destined to become one herself. It did not matter that she was an excellent student and had dreams. It was just the way it was with her "type." The reality is, Gaby is a role model for other teens. She stood up against those that make judgments and those that predicted impending disaster and gave them a taste of their own conclusions.
In our over sensationalized world we forget the importance of spending time together and watching a program that has meaning. Alexa Vega, known for her role in Spy Kids, plays the role of Gaby. I had a chance to talk with Alexa about her role in this movie. She hopes that people take away from this movie the courage that Gaby displayed and that teens realize they still have so much to offer regardless if they are with child or not. Alexa does, however, hope that they wait to have children because, as teenagers, their bodies have not fully developed and it is a risk. She herself is newly married and working on growing her relationship prior to starting a family.
I believe this movie will empower you as a parent to talk to your children about so many of the issues facing them today. We live in a world where it is so easy to spread a rumor and have it go "viral" in minutes. We live in a place where judgement prevails and real conversations are overlooked because we are all "so busy." The strength of Gaby Rodriguez was impressive. Her ability to navigate between right and wrong is something we all could learn from.
The Pregnancy Project will air on Saturday January 28th at 8pm ET/ PT. This is a movie that I highly suggest you sit down and watch with your teenager. The movie is taken right out of the headlines and depicts the senior project of Gaby Rodriguez. It will teach all of us a lesson about ourselves and others. We each have the power to make a positive impact, it only takes a little planning and the chutzpah to implement that plan and see it through.