I have loved Teen Mom 2 from the very first episode but I’ve found that, as of late, I’m not so into it anymore. It’s just too damn depressing watching Leah screw up her family or see Chelsea Houska keeping going back to that jackass baby daddy of hers, and dear God, don’t get me started on Jenelle.
It’s why I love Tyler and Catelynn from the original Teen Mom so much. For two kids who grew up in a pretty crappy environment and then got pregnant at such a young age, they really seem to have it together. At least there’s hope when you watch them. You root for them to make it but if I have to watch Chelsea Houska cry over Adam one more time I’ll claw my eyeballs out.
Why? WHY do these girls seem so helpless?
I think Tracie Morrissey over at Jezebel hit the nail on the head in her article about how the season finale of Teen Mom 2 just drove home how depressing these girls stories are.
Morrissey says it’s depressing to watch Chelsea, Kailyn, Leah and Jenelle “not because they involve poverty or drug addiction or excessive leopard print, but because, over the course of the two seasons of the show, it’s become increasingly more obvious that beneath all the bad relationships—and even worse hair—we’re watching four girls with terrifically low self-esteem.”
Exactly. The reality show is on a repeat cycle of the girls trying so hard to seek validation from the men in their lives. As any gal whose ever seen the light can tell you – men can’t make you feel better, can’t make your life better – only you can do that. And none of these girls seems to feel empowered to move forward without pandering to the guys in their lives or making really poor life decisions because of low self-esteem. It’s just really sad.
So yeah, MTV, you’ve made your point: being a teen mom is hard, but in the end, the bigger problem showcased on Teen Mom is one even more prevalent among teens than pregnancy: lack of self-esteem. Teen pregnancy sucks, it’s hard, but you can overcome it and move on to bigger and better things IF you have self-confidence. Without a strong sense of self-worth it’s hard to see how the lives of any of these girls will improve.