When I first started watching the Series “Teen Mom” on MTV I was captivated by the stories of children having children. The theme was so prevalent in our society, from watching “after school specials” growing up to “lifetime movies” as an early adult I wasn't surprised to hear the rational and norms expressed by these teen girls and their families. As the stories progressed we have had the opportunity to watch these girls become Mothers, and care for their children.
The show is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, until this season of Teen Mom 2 started a couple weeks back. This new season has me up in arms, specifically about Jenelle Evans. After multiple attempts at getting clean, we find her recently married (her husband in jail), recently out of jail herself and PREGNANT!!! She announces the news to a friend as if she has found a new lipstick, not experiencing the miracle of creating a new life! Now I know I’m not the most open minded person to be commenting on this. After all, I've been trying to create life for more than 6 years now.
The first episode quickly takes us through her decision to have an abortion, and her journey of having said procedure. She pops a couple of pills, flails at her mother, and complains about feeling emotionally unstable, while her first child who she does not have custody for runs around in the chaos that continues. Just good ole American Television at its best!
I am so perplexed by my feelings on this, I feel stuck between Christian Grace and Infertile Wrath. I certainly would not condemn any one for their choices, it’s not my place. However I am so very worried about what message this sends the teens in America who watch these girls. When did this kind of dysfunction become acceptable?
This all came to a head for me when I saw a headline today….
Jenelle is Pregnant again!!!
It’s all so disappointing.