Celebrity Glamorization Of Teenage Pregnancy

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Although teen pregnancy is not a new matter, the cultural response and aspect in being a teenage mother outlines a discriminative idea of “social acceptance.” I argue that celebrity glamorization of unplanned teen pregnancy has persuaded some average teenagers that adolescent pregnancy is socially acceptable. In three articles, not only is the examination and comparison of average teenage mothers and celebrities made but the idea that pregnancy is seen as a “disaster” is also prominent. Adolescent pregnancies are not always unwanted nor unplanned. Hollywood stars such as Jamie Lynn Spears have been associated with the rise of both intended and unintended pregnancy situations among teenage girls. Various responses to the take on teen pregnancy …show more content…
Teen pregnancy does not affect those who are deemed “bad girls.” Teen pregnancy is a matter that can happen to anybody. In “Growing Up Too Fast,” People Magazine Writer Molly Lopez, studies and relates the lives of six average teen moms to celebrity teen moms like Jamie Lynn Spears. In Spear’s hometown, Kentwood, Los Angeles, it has been speculated that Jamie is only one teen of several who are pregnant in this town. “For girls her age, getting pregnant is the in thing to do. There’s no shame,” states her high school principal, laments Ginger Francois. Through the stories of six teenage girls, common problems such as adoption, abortion, pregnancy complications, money, and finishing school are heavily exhibited. For …show more content…
In one instance known as the “Gloucester Pregnancy Pact,” Gretchen Voss tells the gasping 2008 story of 18 teenage girls from a quiet town in Massachusetts who planned to become pregnant together. This small town found itself to be a media frenzy with this fascinating yet stunning story. In 2008, 18 teenage girls who attended Gloucester High School had become pregnant all around the same time. It has been said that this is not a coincidence. Not all 18 of these pregnancies were accidents or unwanted. For some of the 18, pregnancy was used as a way to seek attention from others, seek purpose and meaning in life, and to deviate from “social invisibility.” One girl was so desperate to get pregnant that she had sex with a 24-year-old homeless man. By trying to seek these desires, these pregnant teenagers had not yet faced the complications of adolescent pregnancy. Living in a small fishing community, some of the girls never considered having a greater future than the minimal jobs they have been raised around. This notion supplies evidence for their coordination in efforts to get pregnant. This incident in Gloucester reflects how we understand the intentions of teenagers, and how we frame adolescent pregnancy as a whole. One thing that was consistent in all of these pregnancies was that the father did not stick

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