Why Reality Shows About Teen Pregnancy Makes Me So Livid
There’s a woman I know, she’s maybe seven years older than I am, who recently gave birth to a stillborn when she was 21 weeks into her pregnancy. After years of trying to have a baby with her husband, she believed she’d been given a miracle when she was finally able to conceive. They saw the ultrasound, saw the little unborn girl’s tiny features, they named her, and loved her when she was only the size of a grapefruit. Now the grieve for her, try to get used to the fact that they will never get to hold her, and prepare to bury her before they ever had a chance to see her smile.
This is why I get so angry when I see these people struggle to have a successful pregnancy and then turn on the tv and see frivolous teenaged girls getting knocked up by their high school boyfriends. While Brittany of the graduating class of 2013 is sporting her ever-growing baby bump, a couple who wants so desperately to come together and take a little bit of each of them to create something beautiful are denied that chance. A woman dreams of having a little girl with curls like her own and eyes like her husband’s is picking out a tiny casket while TLC is showing commercials for the new series “My Teen is Pregnant and So Am I.”
We watch these children give birth to children on reality shows and call it entertainment. A woman’s heart is breaking while she tries to adjust to no longer feeling the life she so anticipated growing inside of her. She wonders why this has happened and if there’s some purpose for her incredible suffering. It’s not fair that two people who want to be parents more than anything struggle and hurt while some sixteen year old girl has a baby because the boy she went to prom with forgot to use a rubber.
I realize it’s not easy for a teenaged girl to deal with being pregnant. I know there’s humiliation and suffering that comes with that (I know, I remember people whispering about the pregnant girl in my class in high school). I’m just saying it’s so unfair that what is seen as a miracle by some people is a mistake, an accident, and even a source of entertainment to others.
Two American guys from the South yelling about a 17-year old pregnant girl and who she “belongs to”.
“No, she’s MINE!”
“Are you married to her? That’s MY daughter! What, do you own her? DO YOU?”
“No, I don’t own her — but she’s mine now! I love her!”
“Well how are you going to take care of her??”
I hate you, America.
TLC has a show called 'My teen is pregnant and so am I'
Disclaimer: These are my opinions and observations, feel free to not read this.
1. Ridiculous, kinda creepy. Probably won’t last long, cause how many people actually encounter this and want to be on national television about it?
2. Some of the mothers are upset, which makes sense. But then you find out that they first got preggers at 16 or 18 themselves, and all I can think is fucking hypocrits. I mean, come on. Saying it’s hard to believe that you raising her with Christian morals and she ended up pregnant, I have to wonder what happened with you? Even if you were married at the time or whatnot, you still are setting the example for teen pregnancy and it’s not surprising that she ended up pregnant, just being honest.
3. I generally don’t understand how some people’s brains work. Seriously, I just don’t understand why teens don’t use protection. Almost all of them don’t want to get pregnant, so why they don’t use protection is beyond me. Stupid, just stupid.
4. When the teens think motherhood would be all fun and then find out it’s hard are just plain ignorant, especially considering the fact that there are plenty of media portrayals of those parts. While there are the fun parts, every sane person knows that the first couple months are fairly horrible.
Ok, I think I’m done. This is just as bad as 16 and pregnant.
Teen Pregnancy Reality Shows....
You guys know the show “16 and Pregnant”, right? Well now, there’s a new show on TLC, (I guess it’s their version of that show) and it’s called “My Tee n is Pregnant and So Am I” What is TV coming to???? Seriously. Are they trying to say it’s ok to be pregnant, unmarried, and not finished with high school at such a young age? Back when my mom was in high school (In the 70’s) it was a disgrace upon you and your family if you were pregnant at such a young age, plus they didn’t even let you finish high school if you had a child at that age. But nowadays, it seems that “oh, you’re pregnant? That’s ok, let’s get a reality show about it. Oh, you don’t know who the father is? that’s ok too, we’ll get more viewers and money.” This is becoming bull crap. If that were me, my mom would never let me see the light of day again. I’d be punished severely. And, at my school, we even have a daycare there for the girls who have children. Do they not understand the consequences of having sex???? I mean, c’mon.
Just makes me mad.
…..and don’t even get me started on “Toddlers and Tiaras” or “Honey Boo Boo” (whatever the heck it’s called).