Teen Mom

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Good morning! :mrgreen:

I started my day with BBOIAJ (Banana Bread Oats In A Jar). In the mix: leftover banana bread, oats, Almond Breeze, ground flaxseed meal, chia seeds, and extra peanut butter. Holy delicious!

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I also drank an iced coffee with soy milk.

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As you know, I’m a huge fan of reality TV. (I’ve already professed my love for Pauly D on CNC). I know it’s terrible entertainment, but I just can’t help myself. I guess it appeals to my simple mind. 😉

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But, reality TV is not good for everyone, especially those of us who are young and impressionable, like teenagers. These shows give a false sense of reality, which affects the way some people view society and conduct themselves. (I’m sure you guys know all of this.)

So, I used to watch 16 and Pregnant. To me, it seemed to give an honest, non-glamorized look at the realities of being a teenage mother. It didn’t seem to sugar-coat.

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But, then came Teen Mom (the spin-off of 16 and Pregnant), which the media had a field day with. It made teenage pregnancy seem sort of cool””even like the trendy thing to do. The young women from Teen Mom were all over the news and on magazine covers. Even for a 30-year-old, who has no plans to have kids anytime soon, these images were somewhat confusing. I can only imagine what a 15-year-old would think.

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(Of course, there were other TV shows and movies that glamorized teen pregnancy, but I just picked Teen Mom to focus on this morning.)

Question of the Day

Do shows like Teem Mom idolize teenage mothers? Does it make teen pregnancy seem cool and trendy? Or does it provide an opportunity for open dialogue that may help young women consider how decisions will impact their future?

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  1. I was just thinking about this the other day while standing in line at the grocery store. There were at least 3 different magazines with one of the teen mom’s on it!!! All I could think of wast that little girls are going to see that if having a baby made them famous then it should make me famous too. AWFUL, but that’s how it works!

  2. I don’t think the first season of Teen mom glamorizes teen pregnancy because the characters have a lot of issues i.e. Farrah’s finances, Macy’s relationships with men, Amber’s abusive relationship. Most of the characters also struggled with graduating college and HS. But the NEW series Teen Mom 2 is much more glamorized! I’ve only seen the first two episodes but I’m not impressed! Although, I’m super obsessed with all of these shows!

  3. I could not agree more. I dont watch these shows because I dont think they give the right message. Especially since there is information on how much they make for each episode, and how teens might think they could get pregnant and get on the show too

  4. I just had my first baby 9 months ago and literally one of my first thoughts after a couple days at home was MTV does not make this look hard enough! 🙂 I certainly agree that putting teen moms on the cover of magazines is not a good idea. Ever.

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  6. I’m totally guilty of watching 16&pregnant and teen mom, eventhough I do think the show sets a bad example (I don’t think that was the show’s intentions, but, unfortunately, seeing these girls on magazine covers ‘glamorizes’ them and makes other young teens want to be just like them!)

    I do think some of the teens set a good example though and I enjoy learning about their story (Like Catelyn and Tyler).

    I’m a sucker for Jersey Shore and all its shameful gloriousness!!

  7. While Teen Mom is making the moms famous, I don’t feel that they are being glamorized. It looks like their life really stinks sometimes!! I don’t think the show is intending to get young girls to think that it is all perfect – if you watch the show you would see the difficulties they have.

    Meanwhile, Jersey Shore is all about partying, drinking, and sleeping around. JS is the show that is setting the WRONG example on MTV! Those girls are just lucky they haven’t ended up pregnant from their partying ways.

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