Have any of you seen or heard about MTV's new show "16 and Pregnant"? From MTV's website, the show is described as follows:
'MTV's 16 and Pregnant' is an hour-long documentary series focusing on the controversial subject of teen pregnancy. Each episode follows a 5-7 month period in the life of a teenager as she navigates the bumpy terrain of adolescence, growing pains, rebellion, and coming of age; all while dealing with being pregnant. Each story offers a unique look into the wide variety of challenges pregnant teens face: marriage, adoption, religion, gossip, finances, rumors among the community, graduating high school, getting (or losing) a job. Faced with incredibly adult decisions, these girls are forced to sacrifice their teenage years and their high school experiences. But there is an optimism among them; they have the dedication to make their lives work, and to do as they see fit to provide the best for their babies.
I'm curious to hear your thoughts on the show--is it a realistic look at teen pregnancy that you think will discourage teens from making choices that would lead to having babies? Or do you think it "glorifies" teen pregnancy, and would actually make teens more likely to have a baby?
I've been thinking about this a lot lately, because I've been pretty surprised to see how many young teen girls (ages 14-16) that I work with are actually trying to have a baby. It's not a matter of them accidentally becoming pregnant and then dealing with the aftermath, they're actually charting, and selecting men that they think would make "cute" fathers to have unprotected sex with.
So weigh in...what do you think about the show?