Friday, June 12, 2009

16 and Pregnant: MTV Explores the Real Secret Life

Last night MTV began airing a new documentary series, 16 And Pregnant, which gives a no-fluff look at real teenage mothers as they forge through the beginnings of motherhood.

Parents who don't go out of their way to see or record this six-week series of profiles of pregnant teenagers are making a big mistake. If you have no other involvement in your kids' media lives, make them see this.

We live in a time of a particularly empty-headed popular culture that is filled with images and narratives that tell teen girls that a sure way to suddenly become the center of attention from friends and family is to get pregnant. Think of the feature film, Juno, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager, the hit cable series on the ABC Family Channel. Or, consider the way Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's pregnant teen daughter, Bristol, and the girl's boyfriend were characterized as role models by some speakers at last year's Republican National Convention.

Did you see “16 and Pregnant”? Would you show this to your pre-teen and teenage children as a cautionary tale?

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