Friday, February 26, 2010

16 and Pregnant

I am pretty sure that I have said this on here before that I love reality tv. A while ago as I was channel surfing, I stumbled upon the show 16 and Pregnant on MTV. Now, I normally am not a fan of MTV. As I started watching the show, I couldn't help but feel so sad for these girls. Don't get me wrong, I understand that they made the choice to have sex and unprotected sex at that, but it is hard watching these girls struggle to make the right decisions when it comes to the baby. The hardest part for me is that these girls think that their boyfriends are going to be there for them and their child and then their boyfriend dumps them or cheats on them or whatever. Anyways, I just watched an episode and just felt so bad for the girl. Her boyfriend broke up with her when she told him that she was pregnant. I guess they got back together and then he broke up with her again, got back together, and the cycle just continued. Maybe it is because I am older and am not as naive as I used to be, but I want to reach into the tv and tell these girls to kick these guys to the curb and focus on their child and their future.

So, I guess my question for you is, do you think that this show is helpful or hurtful for teen girls? I read an article today about it and I am kind of split on how I feel about it. I think that teenagers need to see the struggles that these girls go through, not just with their boyfriends, but with school, their parents, and their friends. On the other hand, a lot of these girls think that having a baby is just going to be like dressing up a doll. So, what do you think?


Going Family said...

I think these shows are useless. Teenagers think that it will never happen to them no matter how many examples are shown to them.

Charlotte said...

How disturbing! I've never seen the show, but I guess it would depend on how they show it. Do they focus on the excitement or the struggle?

Either way, I'll keep MTV blocked so my kids don't accidentally watch some of their shows.

Heatherlyn said...

I don't know, not having seen it.

I do think that a lot of kids watching it would say, "but that won't happen to me. HER boyfreind is a jerk but mine isn't."

I don't know. I don't know why girls think it is a good idea to have a baby when NOTHING else in their life is in order.

Jeff and Jen said...

I've heard about this show and another one, Teen Mom I think. As an adoptive Mom, I commend MTV for doing this! As long as they are showing the good with the bad. It is true that some teenagers won't care and think that a teen pregnancy won't happen to them, but you never really know who this program will help and perhaps sway towards abstinence or adoption. If it helps teach just one teenager, it will be worth it. Just my opinion!

Jeff and Jen said...

If this program could help just ONE teenager choose abstinence or adoption, I am all for it!!! Good for MTV! Just my opinion!