Media Stars Promote Teen Pregnancy

As entertainment continues to gain popularity each year the celebrity life becomes glamour to lots of teens. Recently media has glamorized teen pregnancy even though this is not something teens should be looking up to. For the past few years MTV has had a big hit with shows like Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant. Sure these shows maybe fun to watch for entertainment but the shows can influence teens in drastic ways. The shows make having a child very young seem okay and fun. It turns these girls who got pregnant really young into celebrities. Carol Weston, who writes an advice column for Girls’ Life magazine, says “the glamorous images of pregnant celebrities can inspire young girls to become mothers. Teens get the idea that pregnancy is fun.” We all think that babies are cute and are so much fun but they are also a lot of work and responsibility, not to mention the financial aspect it takes to take care of a child. Getting pregnant means a possibility of not even finishing high school because your responsibility is now your child. Kimberly Hughes, a 16-year-old from Glen Rock, N.J., who reads US Weekly says, “Baby pictures in particular send a certain message, she says. It’s like look at what you can do if you have a baby. Look at these cool perks you get out of it.” Even teens themselves see the messages these celebrities are putting out there even if they are unintentional. Very few celebrities do recognize that the choices they make are seen by their fans and can influence them and their decisions. For example one teen mom who recognized her unintentional influence on teens is Jamie Lynn Spears, she told OK Magazine that, “I did feel responsible for the young girls and the mothers who I probably confused and let down. I apologize for that. But I wasn’t trying to glamorize teen pregnancy.” She noticed that she had an influence on her fans (teens mostly) and I do applaud her for realizing her mistake and sharing she did not want to promote teen pregnancy. She at least had the knowledge that she did make some fans want to follow in her foot steps. Unintentional or not media is glamorizing teen pregnancy and this is not something that teens should be looking up to or wanting to take part in.

Further Reading

http://jjie.org/price-of-teen-pregnancy-reality-shows-influence-teen-pregnancy-rates/38668

http://www.palyvoice.com/node/26681

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