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Don't watch 16 & Pregnant? I know I didn't. It just wasn't my thing, my demographic ... I'm not even expecting! That said, if you're anything like me (teaching, parenting or working with college-bound students) my plea herein is for a reconsideration of this show.
Now that 'Teen Mom' cast members like Amber Portwood are in their twenties, MTV is looking for a new crop of teenage girls to keep its monster hits 'Teen Mom' and '16 and Pregnant' alive, and [surprise!] industry insiders tell me young ladies are so eager to be on reality TV that they are actually getting pregnant just to score an audition. OK, not much of a surprise. Simply take a spin around the various Internet forums filled with young girls inquiring about what's required to score a role
Originally posted by thegoodearth
reply to post by captaintyinknots
That is a blessing to your family.
Would you want your family ridiculed around the world?
I'll bet the money isn't really that much...
Originally posted by Mentalistbee
Who cares how much they make? It's wrong, young girls will soon find it a normal thing to go and get pregnant at such a young age, its not right, they will never get a chance to live theyre lives, get an education, or build up a career. Imagine by the time this girl is 20 some thing, her kids go to school and all, what will she do? What can she do? She will probably struggle hard just to keep a roof over her and her childs head.
It's as if MTV is promoting this life style. We need to secure our young girls futures, how can she have a baby when she is a baby herself?
Originally posted by Miraj
You know I oft see teenage pregnancy blamed on society. But perhaps we can compare in the past.
Girls got pregnant much younger in the past. It's more recent that the child bearing age was brought along with adulthood over 18 years.
And perhaps it is natural for these girls to want children, and may have nothing to do with external influences. Lets suggest perhaps teenage girls want to have children because it's what their bodies are wanting them to do.
I do however agree the show is exploitation.