#NoTeenPreg Trend on Twitter
Does anyone else think this is a bit much?
@CandiesOrg started this trend about teen pregnancy, basically, just shutting it down and saying i’ll ruin your life. But their tweets, the tweets of the celebrities they have endorsing them, and the many, many inconsiderate twitterers have turned it into a massive teen mom shaming fest.
What are you accomplishing by pasting #NoTeenPreg across Twitter?
"Oh wow, they’re really trying hard, Bobby. Let’s use a condom," said no one ever.
What about all of the people who have planned to have a pregnancy (18% in the US) because they’re ready to start a family, they have a good career on track, or whatever they want (because they shouldn’t have to justify themselves)? What about them? They’re now being ridiculed. Why? Because they were maturer than the rest? Because they had their lives on track earlier than the rest? Is that something to be ashamed of?
Let’s talk about all of the reasons someone might have an unplanned pregnancy. What about all of the girls who were raped? Or all of the girls who were tricked by their significant other? How about all of the girls in the situation of a condom breaking? Or whose parent(s) wouldn’t let them get an abortion for religious reasons or for whatever other reason?
Did you ever think of why this teenage girl might be keeping her child? Did you ever think of how she might be proud to be bringing another piece of her into the world? Did you ever think that the father would love and care for the newborn and the mother more than he cares about himself? There are so many hidden factors behind the choice to keep your child while pregnant that I don’t think any of these #NoTeenPreg “protestors” (if you will) is morally right to be judging these women. I’m sure the last thing they want to be hearing/seeing is more harrassment surrounding being pregnant/a teenage mother. The looks I received when I was carrying my parenting baby (high school class project) around in public were incredible — the things people yelled out of their car windows, the looks I received from strangers in stores, the gossip and whispers that I could sense behind my back.
There’ve been so many times that I’ve wanted to adopt a child and become a teen parent. Side note: the “teen” part wasn’t why I did or didn’t want a child, the “teen” part is because I’d be a teen when I want to have a child. Just because I feel it’s right for me, I have a steady support, and I know that I’d be a great parent. Society, are you now going to tell me I’m wrong and look at me like I’m some sort of demon?
I’m so sick and tired of our slut-shaming society. These women are so strong in that they decide to go through with their pregnancies or raising a child, even though society tells them it’s wrong. It’s not wrong. It’s your choice. Don’t listen to all of those ignorant, immature idiots telling you negative things. They love so desperately to bring others down, as do much of the media and society. Stay strong, love yourself, your child, and your body. <3