“While I was at the Today Show this morning I saw a story about a Memphis high school where 90 young female students were either pregnant or have given birth this year! I just couldn’t believe this and I find it so sad and disturbing. It seems that shows like Teen Mom are all of a sudden making teen pregnancy seem cool in the eyes of young girls. The kids from these shows are all over the news, even on the covers of magazines, and have been become almost like celebrities, but girls, these are not people you should idolize!”
“When I think back to when I was 16, there is no way I would even have considered having a baby. That thought wouldn’t even have entered my head. Having a baby is one one of the biggest, and most life-changing decisions a person can make and while I’m not saying that no teen is in the position to raise a child, having a baby so young shouldn’t be seen as the trendy thing to do.
Girls, please, think very carefully before you make these kind of decisions. Talk to your family, friends, teachers, and most of all, be careful.”
On the one hand, I applaud Kim Kardashian for speaking out against the glamorization of teen pregnancy and reinforcing the reality of the hard work of having a child.
But on the other hand…Someone should really remind her of where babies come from. Kim Kardashian is, above all, a sex symbol. She doesn’t act, she doesn’t sing, she doesn’t dance. She is famous for two things: her hotness and her wealth (which allows her to effectively showcase her hotness). She’s even got a sex tape. You might say, yeah, but she was an adult when that happened. Fine. Have you seen how her teenage sisters dress?
I’m not saying it’s not okay for a sex symbol to speak out about being responsible. But whether it’s right or wrong, it’s hard to argue that packaging yourself in a sexual way has absolutely nothing to do with the chances of you having sex. And teens who look up to the Kardashians are getting two messages that don’t entirely jibe: Sex and pregnancy are two different things. But let’s own up to the fact that one is the way you get to the other.