Teen Pregnancy Essay examples

1733 Words Mar 14th, 2008 7 Pages
Suddenly teen pregnancy IS cool?

1. Teen pregnancy is up partly because there is less of a stigma associated with teen pregnancy since there is more of a "cultural permission" to be a younger mother. The rise is also partly due to the portrayal of celebrity teens such as Jamie Lynn Spears in the media and other cultural shifts, giving teens the idea that "having a baby is the new handbag".

2. The reason the authors use allusion in the first paragraph is to show the readers that teen pregnancy is becoming a trend amongst celebrities and its sweeping teen culture along with it. Whether or not the average teen thinks unplanned pregnancy is fashionable, there are numerous celebrity and pop culture examples of hip, unmarried moms. The
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7. The appeal of being a teen mother has changed over time. Unplanned pregnancy no longer automatically means that girls must have a secret abortion or put their baby up for adoption. Nor do they automatically have to marry the father of their baby. Now, "there's more cultural permission to be a young mother than 10 to 20 years ago". Today, if you're 18, you want a baby on your hip, a miniskirt, and guitar on your back. Popular culture is showing a more positive representation of young mothers. Today, having an unexpected baby can be more of an image-enhancer than a shameful faux pas. It's part of a larger trend to make motherhood chic and happening. Celebrities have helped prove that motherhood isn't "the end of coolness or sexiness for women, or the end of the line".

I do believe it is fair to assume that teenagers who are not mature enough to control their own contraceptives would make unfit parents. If teenagers are not mature enough to think about the consequences of having unprotected sex, how will they be able to make wise decisions after having a baby? If they can't make simple decisions about contraceptives, then they would definitely not be able to make proper decisions on how to raise a child. There are also many teens that continually chose not to take control of their contraceptives use even after having their first baby and end up getting pregnant again.

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