MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” are abominations of television, because idiot teenagers who can’t figure out how to use a condom should be forced to live their simple, unhappy lives in anonymous trailer parks, not given their own TV shows. Unfortunately, my notion that the shows glamorize teen pregnancy is apparently wrong, as a study of falling teen pregnancy rates credits the reality shows for having an effect on the decline. Damn you, science!
The report specifically cites the popular “16 and Pregnant” series, indicating that 82 percent of the teens who watch it say the show helps them better understand the challenges of teen pregnancy and parenthood – and why they should avoid it.
“Entertainment media is one of the nation’s favorite punching bags, but we have to acknowledge that when we’re talking about teen pregnancies media can be and often is a force for good, and that is particularly true when it comes to shows like ’16 and Pregnant,’ ‘” says Bill Albert, a spokesman for the National Campaign. “Some critics say these shows glamorize teen pregnancy, but our survey data shows that’s not the case – that not only do they not glamorize it, but teens who have seen it suggest it makes the realities of teen parenthood more real to them.” [Christian Science Monitor]
Son of a bitch. It’s times like this that I wish I were a devout Christian. Those people are awesome at ignoring proof that their beliefs are wrong.