Argumentative Essay On Teenage Parenting

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Americans are fascinated with the concept of teen parenting. If you’ve ever seen 16 and Pregnant or Teen Mom on MTV it is shown the glorified images of the reality of teen parents. It has become a nation topic not with actual concern but, in ridiculing those who wind up pregnant at such a young age for entertainment. While, there are commercials and ads that shame teen parents such as, “You should be saving the world not diapers,” it fails to ignore the damages these words have on young parents. These teen mothers on the reality TVs shows are glorified and filled with unnecessary drama. The reality of teen parenting is much more complicated than the simplicity shown in the media. The social bonds that attach teenagers to healthy lifestyles …show more content…
An remarkable two thirds of young unmarried mothers are stuck in poverty, that our society insists the fault is on the mother, not the social construction of how our communities are built that creates this poverty. In Colorado, a single mother with one child would have to work hundred-ten hours per week at minimum wage to pay the bills without any assistance. Nobody can work hundred-and-ten hours a week, the cost of living in Colorado is outrageous and the federal assistance programs are virtually useless. Assistance such as, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) requires that income be less than four-hundred a month for a single mother and one child to be able to get their services This income requirement wouldn’t even cover rent for a month let alone food, insurance, gas, clothes, water, electricity, and childcare costs.. It is not the mothers deciding to live in poverty but, the structure of our society that creates a self-fulling destiny for young mothers. While Americans love to assume that the American dream is a reality, in a life of a single mother it holds little weight. The possibility of getting out of poverty is slim due to the policies that leaves a wide gap from being in poverty to knowing you can be able to put food on the table. As a teen mother, I am constantly trying to prove I am not this stereotype of a dropout teen mother who will live with her parents all her life. But, the expectations of society, the American dream, does not fit the resources available in our communities for teen mothers like me, which creates the strain that Merton refers to in his strain theory. When pressures of success outweigh the actual ability to succeed, it creates a culture of anomie and self-fulling

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