In recent blogs Kim Kardashian slams the Mtv show Teen Mom writing:
"It seems that shows like Teen Mom are all of a sudden making teen pregnancy seem cool in the eyes of young girls...but girls, these are not people you should idolize!"
Well Kim, this is one message that I hope your young fans take to heart. (Of course your porn videos and Playboy centerfolds are not exactly what I call wholesome.) I have seen the show. In fact I found myself caught up in the drama of having babies, fighting with parents and trying to make relationships work. At first I was inclined to applaud the show. The trials of being a child trying to raise a child had a platform. Surely teenagers would look at this show and think to themselves, having a child right now would really make my life much harder than it needs to be!
Perhaps finding out about my 15 year old cousin's pregnancy made me think about teen moms. Sure, as a teenager I remember a few people in my high school that were young mothers. However, to be honest, I don't remember much about them. They had other obligations. I had a much younger brother that I was always stuck toting around, that was enough for me. So, thinking about my very young cousin having a daughter of her own and hearing how the baby's father was a bit wishy washy and how the grandparents were suddenly parents again, as well as the difficulties in her going back to school, I just thought, why would any young girl want this for herself?
So back to Mtv...
I hate MTv for telling America that they are trying to show that being a Teen Mom is not awesome, cute or fun yet they pay these girls a lot and they look like they are all doing pretty well for themselves. That is not reality. No little girl, it doesn't happen like that at all! If you wind up getting knocked up the most you can hope for is that you have a supportive family. There are no camera crews, new cars or fabulous apartments. There is no one there offering you money to pose next to a motorcycle. You are left to figure out life on your own with someone that needs you to take care of them.
But for as much as I find that conflicting what I find more disturbing is the show Skins that follows. The argument being this is what your kid is doing anyway! No, not all kids are druggies that f*ck for fun. Why aren't there good role models? Why don't teens want to be super awesome at things other than giving head and wearing too much make up?
I am watching Mtv and they tell me to party all I want and if a kid is the result it will all work out just fine. I am also told that it is my sex life...my concern is why are we as a society encouraging teens to be sexually active? Is it too hard on the brain to comprehend that we can grow up first and then engage in sex? We abhor the pedophile yet we want our kids to be sexy and free. It is all really confusing.