July 24, 2010

12 and Pregnant

I just watched four consecutive hours of "16 and Pregnant." I'm not really sure why. I guess mtv shows are the only thing Safari on Windows Vista will play without completely fucking up everything. And I wasn't about to watch Cribs or some stupid dating show or some show about fake italians who need to seriously, seriously be shot- or worse sent to Iraq to learn how to shut the fuck up. Anyway...

The whole premise of 16 and pregnant is supposed to show teenagers that getting preggo while in high school is a bad idea and makes your life very very hard. It's supposed to be birth control. Yet I think MTV does a horrid job of de-glamorizing teen pregnancy. All the girls tend to have rich parents who are push overs and we see yet another generation of grandparents raising babies. All the girls are treated like shit by their stupid boyfriends-yet they stick around because "it's better for the baby." Um no it's not, it's ten thousand times worse. Plus they repeat the phrase better for the baby over and over and over yet none of them, except one or two, actually do the best thing for the baby and give it up for adoption. Some of the girls continue to party and have unprotected sex because believe it or not having a baby doesn't make you smarter. It doesn't rearrange your brain. It doesn't change anything about you biologically, it doesn't change your DNA. And it certainly does make a 16 year old selfish spoiled brat an Adult. You can't claim to be an adult when you A. rely on your parents, B. Still in high school or dropped out but still have no high school equivalent diploma, C. complain and cry that you can't go to prom because you're pregnant or bc you have a new born to take care of. Adults don't cry because they can't go shopping at the mall because they have a family of three to feed and bills to pay.

Seriously like get the fuck over yourself. So then MTV plays this stupid show and stupid girls watch it but I don't think it prevents them from having unprotected sex because teenagers think they are invincible. They think that getting preggo at 16 would never happen to them, and if it did-that it would be perfect.

I want mtv to show a a 16 year old get pregnant and have a miscarriage 6 months into it. That is real life. I want mtv to show a single mom who is 16 living on the streets with her baby-or in a shelter. Or even just one of these girls on her own and incredibly broke and bills piling higher and higher. That is real life. I watch all my friends who got pregnant at a young age. "16 and pregnant" glorified the shitty times by showing young girls that parents swoop in and become free daycare, and that it's ok to married at 17 to a guy you're only with because you have a child together.

And what's really sad is ten years from now the show will be called 12 and Pregnant and it will be a norm in our society to see tweens preggo. Tweego is what we'll call it. And mtv will glorify that shit too.

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