Essay Teen Mothers Are Irresponsible And Bad Mothers

1534 Words Dec 8th, 2016 7 Pages
In popular fictional television shows, characters that happen to be teen mothers are always depicted as irresponsible and bad mothers. These characters are always blamed for their pregnancy. The negative stereotypes depicted in these shows can lead society to believe that all teen mothers are irresponsible and bad mothers, which is an assumption that can affect how the teen mothers are treated. In order to erase the negative stereotype about teen mothers, television producers should cease to use teen mothers as entertainment devices until they can properly portray them in the media.
The negative stereotype that teen mothers are irresponsible is commonly depicted in popular fictional television shows. One popular show that revolves around this stereotype is The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Shailene Woodley’s character Amy Juergins falls pregnant the summer before freshman year of high school by a bad-boy drummer she met at band camp (Hampton). After everyone at Grant High finds out that Amy is pregnant from sleeping with Ricky without a condom, immediately the blame is put on Amy for not knowing better, despite it being her first time (Hampton). Eventually Amy has the baby and begins raising him with her fiancé Ricky. Another popular fictional television show, Degrassi: The Next Generation, also depicts the negative stereotype of irresponsible teen mothers. Manny, who is 14 years old, has sex with her boyfriend without a condom and discovers later on that she is…

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