Okay- so here we go. My dance with the pro-life profiteers. My side step with pop culture. My soap box moment. I usually keep my mouth shut about extreme religion, money and sex. No, really. I do. Opponents don’t listen anyway. But I am dusting off the tree stump to take a stand about a fast rising media trend-which, in my opinion, is on the brink of a baby catastrophe: Idolizing teen pregnancy. Thank you cool hip MTV for following the life of several oops, I got pregnant teen girls. And in the midst of showcasing”popular girl” “pretty girl” and “party girl”-all preggers and uncertain about life after baby-unless of course, MTV gives them the option to be featured on teen mom-there was not much mention of the biggest casualty. The babies of teen moms. The future does not look so bright for any of them. Unless of course, they all have a deal with MTV for when they turn 9 or 10 and end up on a reality show of their own: “I was a teen mom’s baby and look at me now”. MTV seems to be creating a really scarey sub(pop) culture among teen girls: “Should I get pregnant and then submit myself to the show-in the hopes I will finally get the attention I have been wanting my whole life”……cause, God knows, having a baby-raising a child at 16 was not the kind of attention I was looking for. Quick, bring in Dr. Drew and analyze that. In fact, I think I saw Dr. Drew, tan and fit- almost smirk when he had to ask the panel of teen moms how life has changed- since they
1. Got pregnant
2. Dropped out of school
3. Broke up with baby daddy
4. Went on welfare
5. Got pregnant again with different baby daddy
Each had gotten a “teen mom” make-over-but not one had gotten a life make-over…or do over. How can they at 17? And what will happen-when stakes get really high and teen mom remains unemployed mom, and pregnant again teen mom without a baby daddy mom? Is MTV gonna pitch in to help? Probably not since season two is underway and all the attention will be on the new batch of 16 and pregnant about to bust with a baby. Will the prolife pros step in and help? Probably not-since they are just happy a baby was born, forget about the circumstances and what lies ahead for that babyteenmoma…….I mean, really? This is a good life for a baby? I’ve not known any teen mom who could handle the situation. Sorry. Not one. I see the results daily of children who were raised-well, sort of, by a teen mom. Teen mom is rarely still in the picture-and if so, by a thread and a whole team of other people who are raising the child. In truth, the system raises these children. It is not pretty. The children are not well adjusted and each has the internal scars to show for it.