Teenage Pregnancy and the Media Essay

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Teenage Pregnancy
Teenage pregnancy in the media influences young girls that it is okay to have children at a young age. The media glamorizes teen pregnancy and makes ordinary pregnant girls famous for the problem they have created. The different programs on television may show you that the teens struggle, but it also shows you how the girls get attention from everyone. They are being glamorized for something that isn’t good. Also, some young girls don’t always get the attention they want, so they do something dramatic for everyone to notice them or talk about them. Television programs like The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Teen Mom, 16 and Pregnant, and movies like The Pregnancy Pact, and Juno are all programs that glamorize
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Whether parents like it or not teens are going to find out about sex and be curious, so it’s better to inform them the right way instead of them going out and having sex without knowing what could happen to them. The best prevention for teen pregnancy is education, and access to contraception.
Since there are more shows and movies that are linked with teenage pregnancy and sex, the more teens seem to be getting pregnant. In the movie the Pregnancy Pact, which was inspired by a true story, eighteen girls from the same high school between the ages 15 to 18 all plan to get pregnant at the same time. They all wanted to have children at the same time and some girls seemed more upset when they weren't pregnant than when they were. What made them want to do this? Some people blame the media for movies like Juno and Knocked Up for glamorizing young unwed women getting pregnant. Is this true? The movie Juno shows a young girl who decides to have sex with her teenage boyfriend and she ends up getting pregnant. The movie doesn’t show anything about the consequences and acts like it was another ordinary problem that the young girl had to give the baby up for adoption. It didn’t show the meaning of how hard it was for her to give up the baby or if she was even sad. She didn’t deal with horrible morning sickness, stretch marks, or swelling. It also shows that it’s okay for teens to have unprotected