Is Becoming Pregnant at 16 Really the “Cool” Thing to Do?
When did becoming pregnant at 16 become cool and hip?
Since the introduction of shows like MTV’s “16 & Pregnant” and “Teen Mom”, where sleeping around, fights with family, dropping out of school, and unplanned pregnancy at a young age make a girl famous. These children, and yes, I do believe that those under 18 are still children, are not even legally allowed to vote, and many aren’t able to drive when they first become pregnant. At 16, their brains are not even fully developed, and yet, they are about to become parents themselves. But instead of focusing on how to help them, the media just makes it worse.
Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of these shows since all they do is glamorize difficult situations. Teens become instantly famous for having unprotected sex at way too young of an age. This latest story on Farrah Abraham, a Teen Mom “celebrity” just proves my point. Farrah, 21-years-old, and the mother of a 4-year-old little girl, has recently confirmed rumors of a sex tape with porn star James Deen. Instead of trying to get her life together with school, a career, and healthy relationships, she is focusing on become more of a “Sex Celebrity.”
I worry that more teenage girls, who watch these shows and want fame, will be tempted to follow in some of the same steps of those on the show. They only see one side of teen pregnancy, and that is the edited, good-enough-for-tv-ratings side. Like every other “reality” tv show, there is less “real” and more glam.
What do you think, do these shows glorify teen pregnancy or are they helpful for some?