I also drank an iced coffee with soy milk.
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. 😉
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.
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.
(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?