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Teen Mom: For Lessons or for Ratings?

Throughout the years, MTV has thrown some bizarre ideas for reality shows our way.  Some catch the attention of the nation while others fall through the cracks.  While watching MTV (daily) I find myself screaming at the TV, “WHAT is the point of this show??”  Entertainment value, usually.  That is if you can call watching guys pick a date based on the underwear a girl has in her drawer, entertainment. (Thanks, Room Raiders).  However, what about the shows that may have actually been created for a real reason?

Let’s rewind.  Teen Mom.  Yes, like most people, I am obsessed.  I am still trying to figure out what Catelynn has that I don’t (besides braces, a trailer, and a 1995 JCPenny homecoming dress) that makes Tyler choose HER over me.  SO unfair.  But back to my point: as I watched the finale of Teen Mom last week and gear up for tonight’s reunion episode with Dr. Drew, I’m really starting to wonder what MTV was trying to do with this show.

Was it for entertainment value? Sure, listening to Gary recite a definition of the word “empathy” during the finale was extremely entertaining, but teen pregnancy is a huge issue; is MTV trying to take a stance? Are they trying to educate teens about the horrors of teen pregnancy? Maybe trying to prevent it? You would think by airing this show, MTV could position themselves as advocates to prevent teen pregnancy and use the show as an education tool, while also providing entertainment. 

And if that was the intent, I have a couple issues with how it was seen through.

Personally, I did not find the show realistic.  Throughout the season, Farrah was the only teen mom who did not have the baby’s father in the picture.  I’m not implying that the other moms are leading ideal lives with their outstanding boyfriends, but Catelynn, Amber, and Maci all got pregnant by their boyfriend at the time.  These were guys that they were having consensual sex with regularly.  Although Gary and Ryan may go down in history as two of the worst boyfriends ever, throughout the season they are shown trying to make their relationships “work” in the best interest of their new child.

Farrah, on the other hand, although not with the father of her child, lives at home with her mother and father.   It is evident that Farrah has grown up pretty fortunately and has an extremely comfortable living situation.  The “hardships” Farrah faces include not being able to party with her friends all the time, and not being able to find a boyfriend who is ready to date a girl with a kid.  Yes these things might be difficult for her, but in the scheme of teen pregnancy they are quite trivial.  Her parents are always there to help out, and support her both emotionally and financially. The same is true for the rest of the teen moms on the show.

If MTV was trying to educate about teen pregnancy and the perils of dealing with it, why not show girls who are even less fortunate?  What about the ones out there who are really on their own?  There are plenty of girls who come from uneducated, broken families, who get pregnant and have no escape, and no chance at a better life.  Some live their whole lives on welfare and in many cases do not know who the father is.  My feeling is that MTV chose these specific moms because the typical viewer could relate to them better than a girl whose life has really been ruined by teen pregnancy.  If this is the case, then why didn’t MTV even show how truly hard raising a child as a teenager is?  There is not one clip throughout the whole season of one of the moms staying up the whole night with a crying baby, or cleaning up vomit.  I don’t want to go as far as to say that MTV “glamorized” being a teen mom, but I don’t think the show will leave any viewers thinking “Oh my god, this CANNOT happen to me, I better take precaution.”

And speaking of precaution, MTV never hit on the topic of prevention.  I don’t remember any of the girls being interviewed as to why birth control was not used during sex. Was it a one time slip-up with no condom?  Too afraid to ask their parents? No resources? These questions never surfaced throughout the season.  And furthermore, I find it extremely unrealistic to not mention abortion on the topic of teen pregnancy.  The a-word was non-existent throughout the series, but in reality, it is an option.  Most people have strong opinions on the subject, being either completely against it or for it.  But just because it would have stirred up controversy, does that mean MTV should have ignored it completely? If they wanted to use their power to educate teens and lay all the options on the table, why wasn’t it even mentioned?

So besides making me fall in love with Tyler, what was MTV’s purpose in producing this show? Do you think they portrayed teen pregnancy realistically?  Share your thoughts, peeps!

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    1. Allie says:

      Maci's baby daddy Ryan is really a big 'ole d-bag in real life too. Last Thursday I was out at the bar and then he walks in and he acted like a damned celebrity. Being a dead beat isn't anything to be proud of. And he's a shitty dancer. And He was dancing with a fat chick who proceeded to tell me in the bathroom that he's 22 and "not a bad guy". Who knew he was 22?

    2. Anonymous says:

      I think the show has educational value, but I also think that MTV is using the show for entertainment purposes. I've seen a few shows and cannot believe some of Farrah's actions: pawning off her child with her parents so that she can go out and party and hiding her birth control from her parents. I'm pro birth control, but don't you think that your newborn, not sex, not a new boyfriend, should be your top priority? I think that her segments are purely for entertainment and are not educational whatsoever.

    3. lisa says:

      i think teen mom did show how hard it is to have a baby. did you forget about Amber struggling to get to GED, living in a nasty hotel, living off of Gary and talking about having to get welfare? Maci also had to drop all of her online classes due to Bentley. All of the mom's on the show have definitely shown how hard it was to have baby, especially in their teens.

    4. Jessica says:

      I think MTV showing girls who aren't necessarily in the worst conditions was a good idea. As a society, we often think of teen moms ALWAYS being from poor families; this show showed that a teen mom can come from any walk of life.

      Like Lisa said, Teen Mom really does show the difficulties. Caitlynn and Tyler, I think, really had to make the most difficult decision. Had they kept their baby, I think they would've had it a lot harder than Amber, Maci, or Farrah.

    5. Carrie says:

      I agree with Jessica. Not all teen mothers are dirt poor and all alone in the world. I know a girl from high school who was 14 when she had her baby, still went to school every day, worked part time, and had a small social life. The father was not in the picture, but she had help from her parents and had as much as a normal teen life as she could while still being a great mom.

    6. Rae says:

      i think that the show is very educational; anyone who watches the show and says "oo, that looks like fun!" is insane. the beginning of the teen mom series talk about birth control "so that it wouldn't happen again" and i remember them talking about how they ended up in the situation in the first place on the 16 and pregnant reunion.

      i think that the reason it is effective and people are actually watching it is because its NOT showing the worst case scenario. all of the instances where people are on welfare, and stuck in poverty is the picture that parents already put in their teens heads over and over. i don't know about you, but when i was in high school, i thought my parents were being over dramatic and they knew nothing…thats just how many teens are.

      the fact that the show has people of various economic status', levels of schooling, and various forms of relationships with the father of their children is what makes the viewer see that "Oh, that could be me. I should wise up." these girls are wearing the same clothes, going to the same restaurants, hanging out with similar friends as many teens out there and i think its really obvious that mtv is taking a stance against the rise of teen pregnancy–don't just look at teen mom for that, look at their various ad campaigns of Above the Influence and Get tested, etc…it all adds up.

    7. Mary says:

      I think this article should have waited to be posted until after the finale. It answered a lot of your questions/concerns.

    8. SOPHIE says:

      I think Bentley is the cutest cutest baby ever!

      If I knew I was going to have a baby that cute if I got pregnant, I would! Thank god I don't:)

    9. Jessie says:

      Why would you make fun of Catelynn like that? Does it matter that she lives in a trailer and can't afford a nicer dress? She did what she thought was best for her child given her situation and is lucky enough to have a man who loves her. Maybe you could find a man like Tyler if you looked past what people have on the outside.

    10. Lindy says:

      They actually do talk about using protection and pregnancy provention on the reunion episode with Dr. Drew.

    11. AsiaA says:

      What about the "normal" girl who gets kicked out by her parents because she got knocked up??? What about the parents that will let you stay at home with the baby, but expect you to pay rent "since you're grown enough to lay on your back and get pregnant"??? What about that girl dating that boy, only to get dumped when the stick turns blue, and everyone at school is calling you a hoe???

      What about that???

      And they never did show the girls hastling with strollers in the rain. Or finding out that there is a waiting list for that daycare you need to send your baby to while you do a 4 hour shift at the Arbys clear across town and you have to take 3 buses and a train to get to???

      And no one really addressed Farrah's issues. Sure, she got beside herself with her mom. But look at that relationship. Her mom isn't exactly mom of the year. Hell, she acted like she didn't want her mom in the delivery room. So if the girl never had THAT kind of mom, how do you think SHE can be a lovey dovey mom to Sophia???

      The two that gave the baby up annoyed me.

      Maci. I feel bad that she let a jerk pop her cherry AND knock her up.

      Amber is crazy. But I felt like their story was real.

      The bottom line is; keep ya legs closed, and you can have a decent youth.

      And I'm not anti sex or anything. But looking back on my teen years, sex wasn't all that. You just have a wet ass and hurt feelings.

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    13. I love this show, totally addicted, but I don't take it too seriously. Who cares if it has educational value? Its MTV. If you want an education, you will turn off the TV and go to class.

    14. Erich says:

      "Farrah, on the other hand, although not with the father of her child, lives at home with her mother and father. It is evident that Farrah has grown up pretty fortunately and has an extremely comfortable living situation. The “hardships” Farrah faces include not being able to party with her friends all the time, and not being able to find a boyfriend who is ready to date a girl with a kid. Yes these things might be difficult for her, but in the scheme of teen pregnancy they are quite trivial. Her parents are always there to help out, and support her both emotionally and financially. The same is true for the rest of the teen moms on the show."

      My ex was a teen mom and she still 11 yrs later gets the emotional and financial help from her parents, my sister is the same way. So, its actually the norm that I have found.

    15. Alisha says:

      I think its hilarious that u think tylers hot too!

    16. Becca says:

      Actually, the hardships Farrah faces include the death of her baby's father. That's why he isn't in the picture. Last time I checked, that's a pretty big deal…

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    18. breanna says:

      although during the show they never talk about birth control on both of the check ups with dr. drew they do. On the season finale of 16 and pregnant dr. drew asked all of them if they used birth control and discussed the need for it.
      I do agree that they don’t always show the hardest parts of being a teen mom, it still made me not want to go through that. And of course they still do it all of this for rating, but i think on some way they are doing it for a better reason.

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    20. Hiedi says:

      It really all depends on how you look at it. I didn't really watch the show, and when I did I didn't learn anything that I didn't know already.

      As for me, I recently conceived with my boyfriend and I'm only 18. But, I'm more excited than anything. It really doesn't matter where you come from or how you were raised. If you want that baby, then you better treat it right. If you weren't treated the way you wanted when you were younger then now is your chance to give your baby a life you never had growing up. Like I said, it all depends on how you look at it.

    21. Jamie says:

      The father of Farrah's baby died in drunk driving accident. He was not in the picture when he was alive because he was abusive and controlling. Not sure if it was verbally or physically, but then addressed in the first season of Teen Mom.

      Also, they did talk about unprotected sex in the first season.

    22. Melissa says:

      I agree with this article 100%. I can name 25 teen moms off the top of my head that I know. I was even one myself at 17 (I am 22 now). It is without a doubt that this show does not show the reality of MOST teen mothers. MOST teen mother's are poor and on welfare; most do not have the baby's father in their life; most do not have any help at all other than from the government. Like the article stated, the show does not show staying up all night with a crying baby. Or how it is when a baby gets sick. Or how much and how many diapers they go through. How fast they grow out of clothes. How expensive those clothes and diapers and formula is. How just about impossible it is to do any kind of homework with a baby! Each of those moms on this show are by far LUCKY! As hard it was for me, when I watch this show it makes me want another one…and then I snap back to reality..so if it makes me feel this way, I can't imagine what it's doing for younger teens. These days young women want to have babies and think that the boy they love will forever be there for them and more often than not it's just not true.

      1. Chloe says:

        Not to start anything, but it DOES show how hard it is to do homework and how expensive things are. Farrah (at the very begining) delt with thoughts of abortion and her mom talked about it later in the season. There were fights and they talked about staying up late. I bet they don't have all that many camera men/women that would like to stay up at night with a teen mom and here baby. All the drama with the babys dads and working out custody. They are lucky, but I think it's harder than you realize. Make sure you watch things carfully before you go point fingers and say stuff online😀 m'kay?

    23. Meagan says:

      There is obviously no way the show could show ALL kinds of teen moms. I think the girls on the show were good choices. I'm really glad MTV didn't pick the stereotypical teen mom that the media makes us believe in and showed girls who have different kinds of parents and economic situations. I hope the 2nd season that starts with new girls on Feb 16th are just as varied and 'real'.

      1. Samantha says:

        Yeah they can't show ALL kinds of teen mom, but they are not good choices. They should have choose teens from poverty class…..so young teens could see the reality of it, instead of seeing teen moms with expensive cars!!!!!!!

    24. ms_teacher says:

      yea, there are plenty of teen moms out there who are in worse situations as the ones on the show, but then again, there are also plenty of teen moms who are exactly in that position. mtv is not wrong for showing these teen parents in their "easy" or "fortunate" situations, having their parents support or having the child's father around, becuase it happens. but you are right to say that they should show those who are not as fortunate as these girls so we can get a different perspective, or a chance to see all sides of teen pregnancy and all its baggage. As for farrah, her situation is a perfect example of how teen moms should NOT act. She thinks things can be the same as always but she fails to realize that it not and will never be the same. She comes of as selfish and childlike, when she needs to be more concerned about the well being of her child now. Its no longer about her. As for her mom, she shows other moms what happens when you allow your daughter to not take responsibility for her actions and instead shoulder them yourself. You end up as the mother of yet another child.

    25. Donald says:

      MTV is going to show you what the producers want you to see…they dont show you Amber cheated when she moved out…that Farrah was probably a hoe and didnt know for sure who the daddy is…that Tyler and Catlynn's decided to give up the baby because they are poor not that they couldn't do it..and that Maci's relationship was the classic senior/freshmen oops I am prego

      Here is a guys ranking of the best to worst moms on this show

      1) Maci

      2) Amber

      3) Farrah

      4) Catelynn

      Here is a guys ranking of the best to worst dads on this show

      1) Tyler ( if he was Ryan's age it would be different )

      2) the fat dude ( Amber is mean as hell and belittles the dude all the time but he still there for the kid )

      3) Farrah's ghost dad

      4) Ryan ( dude is a cocky POS )

      My thoughts on the show is

      Amber sucks and makes her relationship horrible by simply opening her mouth

      Farrah is spoiled as hell

      Catelynn is in puppy love with Tyler and what will be a great show is watching the train wreck that comes with puppy love obsession

      Maci will probably find a really great guy that will make Ryan jealous and Ryan will fight to get her back and she will go back and Ryan will see he won and go back to being a POS again and Maci will have a baby named Rolls Royce

    26. Gina says:

      Well, the father of Farrah's baby wasn't in her life because he was killed in a car accident before Sophia was born, so it wasn't even like she was dealing with baby daddy drama behind the scenes either.

    27. Jessica says:

      You must be very stupid, as in all the after shows on mtv.com the girls are asked about how they became pregnant in the first place – if it was just one time or they used protection, etc. Also on each episode they make a point to have a friend ask the girl how they got pregnant. My advise…before you write an article try watching the show and paying attention! And do your research on the shows website.

      1. Mariah says:

        Shut up!

    28. Sara says:

      Ok so obviously the writer is not a mother. Im 19, live with my boyfriend WITH A BABY!! and we are doing quiet well thank you.. You know i HATE this stereotype of "teens cant be moms" can i ask WHY?!?! And not all teen moms are in the dirt with no money what so ever, there are some that have it EVEN BETTER then Farrah, hell my friends older brother is 20 with 2 kids and girlfriend, in there OWN HOUSE, THEY OWN IT!! There are even people that are 25-30 that have kids that are ditched in the dirt. Ya i agree TO AN EXTENT that young teens should use condoms just cus they have their life ahead of them but for some like myself just wanted to stop at were I was and have a family with my fiancee. I dont see what is it of the age, i see it as how mature the parents are (not mom, parents) EXAMPLE: you could be 16 and act like a 25 year old or you could be 25 and at like a 16 year old DUDE AGE IS JUST A NUMBER!!! I think MTV is just showing the different LIVES of DIFFERENT PEOPLE show THEIR OWN STORY!! As for as you call it the "a-word" some people dont believe in that, and as for if they did get the "a-word" i dough they would be on the show… Once you understand that everyone is different and not "your a teen mom you must be poor/bad mom/single bull shit like that" i wont feel as sorry for you as i do now.

    29. jessica says:

      actually, abortion is mentioned in the show along with birth control. none of it is 'glamorized". Catelynn and tyler obviously come from a poor family, and amber and gary stress about money too. it also shows them staying up with a crying baby and farrah gets puked on numerous times. and what does making fun of catelynn do? its obvious she doesnt have money why would you make fun of her for living in a trailer or her dress. who ever wrote this obviously didnt watch the show and need to be more educated on teen pregnancy statistics.

    30. Samantha says:

      Agreed that this writer needs to do their reseearch before writing about something they do not understand. I am pretty sure they didnt show all the hardships that come with teenage mother-hood but they did show a lot… if your a teen and your having a kid you will prob have to deal with the issue of spending time with friends or your kid..(ryan and farrah for example) that your life changes a lot. maci has to give up school and she was an honour student so its not like she is retarded…amber having to get a g.e.d. instead of finishing high school because it wasnt possible…also that your wonderful boyfriend who you may believe to be wonderful is really an ass(ryan) it is realistic and it does show how hard it is… i think it also provides support to teens who maybe are pregnant… maci is an amazing mother. and it is possible to be an amazing parent at such a young age… and as for the stereotype.. each of them are in different financial systems.. they struggle with money, they struggle with everything…

      and sophias father died…which is why he is not around.. mtv didnt do that on purpose…the guy may of been a jackass but how do u expect farrah to deal with that…

      in other words…know what your talking about before opening your mouth.

    31. Nikki W says:

      Good article but there is a lot of false comments in it. Like "There is not one clip throughout the whole season of one of the moms staying up the whole night with a crying baby, or cleaning up vomit."

      I distinctively remember one incident in which Sophia puked while Farrah was carrying her and Farrah had to then clean it off the rug (while holding Sophia in her arms). I also remember a LOT of times showing Maci waking up with Bentley middle of the night and after working etc etc.

      "I don’t remember any of the girls being interviewed as to why birth control was not used during sex. These questions never surfaced throughout the season. And furthermore, I find it extremely unrealistic to not mention abortion on the topic of teen pregnancy. The a-word was non-existent throughout the series, but in reality, it is an option. "

      In the reunion I believe they all talked about how they got pregnant. I also recall MANY conversations (maybe even one per episode) where the teen moms were talking to their friends about how they ended up pregnant. And a few times abortion was mentioned but wasn't really a valid option for most of the girls.

      Whoever wrote this article seems to have only been 1/2 paying attention.

    32. Sarah says:

      K. Whoever wrote this really needs to shut the hell up. Unless you’ve gone through it, don’t open your mouth. I got pregnant at 19, yes granted I was at least graduated out of high school, but still. That doesn’t mean that getting pregnant at 19 wasn’t hard. I had a very abusive boyfriend at the time, never physically, thank god, but still. I’m living at home with my parents and am very fortunate. Does that mean I’m spoiled, no. That means I have parents that care and that are kind enough to say “well, she has a baby, there’s nothing we can do now but support her” cuz it is hard to have a baby on your own. The dad isn’t in the picture and I’m honestly happy about it. But when you look at all of these stories, there is one part of each story that I have gone through. I did think about abortion, in fact I called on it, but couldn’t afford $450. I thought about adoption but after seeing the baby on the first ultrasound, finding out it was a girl, and seeing the heartbeat, I couldn’t do it. I knew that my parents would help me out if I needed it. Even if they were pissed off at me for getting pregnant, so I knew that it was ok if I didn’t choose adoption. My life has changed so much being a mom, I was technically a “teen mom” for 2 weeks after I had my daughter.

      Maci is doing a great job with Bentley, and she’s trying so hard to work things out with Ryan and I completely understand why. I tried doing it with my daughter’s dad. I finally got to the point where I gave up. But, for one, Maci lost her virginity to him, it’s that much harder for her.

      Amber, same thing. But at least Gary gave it more of a shot then Ryan did. Gary was supporting Amber but he made some really stupid choices and causing a lot of stress on Amber. I can understand how she wanted to make her own money instead of relying on Gary. I feel the same way with my parents.

      Farrah, she’s gone through hell. Yes, she has been very privileged throughout her life. But going from a popular cheerleader, to a teen mom is not exactly an easy task. Its hard as hell. Everyone at the school thinks highly of her because she’s a cheerleader. And to become a teen mom on top of it all is very stressful. And to not have the dad there the whole pregnancy, and I just barely found this out, but her babys dad died so there is absolutely no chance of the dad being in the life even if he would’ve changed after she was born. Farrah is going through a lot worse in my opinion, even if she is more fortunate than the others as far as being in a nice home, and coming from a seemingly rich family. Her need for a guy by her side for her and her daughter is completely understandable, I felt that way too. I also wanted to find my daughter a good dad before she realized what was going on.

      And Catelynn made the hardest choice any mother can make and that is to give your baby to someone else and let them raise your child. But, with their family the way it was, Catelynn and Tyler themselves I think could’ve done it with the right resources, but their parents, especially the dad would’ve been hell to bring a baby around. But Catelynn and Tyler don’t have that puppy love bullshit someone claimed. To go through the pregnancy, make the decision for adoption, and to go through actually giving their baby up, it is not puppy love. They just have one of those relationships that they can act like little kids around each other. My parents to this day act like that sometimes. They have a really good relationship and they can make it through any situation.

      As far as saying they never cleaned up vomit or they never stayed up with the baby, if you ACTUALLY watched and paid attention to the show, Farrah cleaned up vomit, Maci and Amber were up with their babies. So the cameras didn’t show EVERY minute of their life as new mothers, I can guarantee you they got up with the babies, cleaned up vomit, and had every other problem new moms face as they take care of a newborn.

      I never thought I’d wake up to my daughter crying, I used to be such a heavy sleeper that not even a thunderstorm would wake me up. I had gone through earthquakes that woke everyone in my house and shook the house up, and I slept through it. The first night home, the moment my daughter made the slightest sound, even if she was just dreaming, I was up. Most mothers have that instinct. I saw Farrah had a problem with it, but I still do it sometimes, I’m so desperate for sleep I just let my daughter fuss in her crib for a while so I can get even a few more minutes of sleep.

      So unless you’ve gone through their situations, even if it’s not to a tee, unless you’ve gone through it, and ACTUALLY WATCHED AND PAID ATTENTION to the show, you shouldn’t even open your mouth.

      “It’s better to be silent and thought of as a fool, then to open your mouth and be proven a fool.”

      1. Clara says:

        Then how come many teens are getting pregnant because of this show!!!!!!! The person who wrote this is telling how MTV DOESN'T SHOWthe hard part of being a teen mom.

    33. Kortni says:

      This article..

      Purely to get people riled up?

      Probably.

    34. kik says:

      Seriously. Girls are so dirty for getting knocked up. lots of moms, like maci, didn't even like kids to begin with so why not prevent it. I don't care if I sound ignorant I just can't empathize with someone who sells themselves short and lets a guy ejaculate in them. That's complete disrespect to me because I would only do that with someone I am married to. I strongly believe marriage first then baby. I'm not a virgin and I know its usually marriage then sex but I've been sexually active since I was 14 and I have had sex multiple times but I haven't gotten knocked up. Girls just need to be more careful and I feel that these girls are selling themselves short by jeopardizing their chances of a brighter future. And don't even try saying that having a kid doesn't jeopardize anything cause it does. Chicks get through it- but it does. I don't know. I just think girls that do get pregnant are skeet skeets and don't try to say that you were in love and that he was the one so you took the risk. I've been with my man for 2 and a half years and hell no! I'm not pregnant. I've been celibate for 9 months and I know our relationship has gotten stronger cause of it. Any guy who respects your decision to keep the goodies to yourself is a great guy so girls don't forget.celibacy is a great way to prevent pregnancy. – btw I'm starting my second semester of college soon and I seriously think that the stresses of college really made my libido shut down. So enroll in college in you don't wanna get pregnant! Ha. I know some girls and gettin all riled up talkin bout how some girls get pregnant in college but don't trip cause its just a joke.

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    37. Kim says:

      Who ever wrote this article is seriously a jerk, I mean, was it necessary for you to bash Catelynn? What do you have against people who live in trailer parks or people who can't afford a gucci dress. Are you that vain and super ficial? And maybe Taylor loves her for who she is.

      And the show showed girls from different social classes, which is important because many people think only a certain type of teen girl gets pregnant. And that's just not true, it can happen to any one.

      And it's MTV, So it's all about entertainment. If your expecting to find educatonal value on anything on MTV, then your just dumb.

      1. Poly says:

        I didn't think she was bashing on Catelynn; I think it was just a joke on stating how the author has a crush on Tyler and wasn't intentionally trying to put Catelynn down. It was just a bit of humor.

      2. Cristina says:

        The author of this article was not bashing at Catelynn .The Purpose of this MTV show is to educate teens about teen pregnancy (which there’re not doing). I know lots of teen moms who got pregnant because of this show. I don’t think the person who wrote this is dumb. I personally agree with this article.

    38. JESSICA TAYLOR ON, CA says:

      I FEEL THAT MTV IS JUST TRYING TO MAKE MONEY OFF OF THIS. NO ONE AND I REPEAT NO ONE CAN SIT THERE IN THEIR SOFA AND JUDGE THESE TEEN PARENTS FOR WHAT MTV’S EDITORS DECIDE TO SHOW AND CUT OUT OF THE PROGRAM.

      FARRAH: I FEEL FOR HER. YES SHE WAS NOT READY FOR A BABY IN HER LIFE AND SHE NEEDED TO ADJUST HER SELF A BIT, BUT DID THEY SHOW HOW HARD IT IS TO TRULY TAKE CARE OF A BABY BEING A BABY YOUR SELF? TEEN MOMS DO NEED A BREAK SOMETIMES JUST LIKE ANY OTHER PARENT DOSE. SO DONT SIT THERE AND JUDGE.

      CATLYNN: I HAVE MAD RESPECT FOR THAT GIRL SHE HAD TO DO THE HARDDEST THING A MOTHER COULD POSSIBLY DO I HATE HOW PEOPLE SAY THEY DONT KNOW WHY SHES ON THE SHOW. SHES ON THE SHOW BECAUSE THERE ARE OTHER TEEN PARENTS OUT THERE WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH ADOPTION AND SEEING AND BELIVING THAT THERE ARE OTHER PPL OUT THERE IN THE SAME BOAT TRULY DOSE TAKE A LOAD OF STRESS OFF YOUR SHOULDERS TO SEE HOW THEY DELT WITH IT.

      AMBER: I HAVE MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS ABOUT AMBER. I CAN SEE WHERE SHE IS COMMING FROM AND HOW HARD IT IS FOR HER, BUT OVERALL AT THE END OF THE DAY, SHE NEEDS TO STEP UP AND TAKE CONTROLL AND STOP WINEING ABOUT IT AND ACTUALLY DO SOMTHING ABOUT IT. IM ALSO PROUD OF HER SHE LOST SO MUCH WEIGHT FROM LAST SEASON GO AMBER UR LOOKING BETTER THEN EVER.

      MACI: MACI MACI MACI WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT MACI EXCEPT FOR THE FACT THAT SHE CAN TAKE CARE OF HER SELF AND HER CHILD BETTER THEN HALF THE MOTHERS (ADULTS) OUT IN THIS WORLD. MAD PROPS TO MACI KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND REMEMBER EVERYTHING HAPPENDS FOR A REASON.

      MTV:
      I THINK YOU SHOULD MAKE YOUR REALITY SHOWS A LOT MORE REALISITC, YOU WANT VEIWER YOU WANT MONEY YOU WANT REAL LIFE DRAMA AND TO BE EDUACTIONAL TO THE PUBLIC, HOW ABOUT YOUR WORKERS GO OUT AND FIND THE REAL TEEN MOMS OF TORONTO AND ALL OVER THE GTA. WHAT WE TEEN MOMS HAVE TO FACE IN EVERYDAY LIFE. I WAS 15 YEARS OLD WHEN I HAD MY SON AND THE AMOUNT OF DOO DOO THAT HAPPEND IN OUR LIFE SINCE THAT DAY WOULD HAVE MAD YOUR SHOW MORE MONEY THEN JERSY SHORE. IF YOU TAPED TEMPERTANTRUMS, AND BLOW OUTS BETWEEN PARENTS AND PARTNERS, AND SHOWED WHAT REALLY WENT ON AT NIGHT WHEN THE TEEN PARENTS WERE FIGHTING, SHOW THE TRIPS TO THE HOSPITAL WITH THE SICK CHILDREN, AND SHOW THE PAIN AND SUFFERING THAT WE HAVE TO GO TO FROM TIME TO TIME RELIZE THATS WERE YOUR MONEY IS. i know over 16 , get that through your head 16 of my friends went out and got pregnant because of watching your show. they say ” its so cool being a teen mom you can do anything you want and get away with it, you can meet cute guys and have all the attention” i quote from a name i will not release. you guys want a real story come to brampton at central peel and pas north and pas west go visit the schools for teen moms, and see the support we have and were our money comes from, how about u tape what gos on in school and what happends walking down the street, the fist fights, the horrible threats , and slurs, the looks and bs we have to put up with, try watching the teen moms having to take public transit and not having a car, every mom on ur show has a car, u think its eaisy taking ttc with a baby?
      I THINK THE WHOLE SHOW IS WRONG AND ITS NOT TEACHING US ANYTHING ANYONE WHO FEELS THAT MTV SHOULD HIT THE GTA FOR TEEN MOMS REPLY TO THIS POST IF YOU WANT YOUR STORY OUT THERE. GIVE THESE TEENAGERS THE SCARE OF THEIR LIFE NOT A BABY TO PLAY HOUSE WITH.

    39. Sirrah says:

      .. im 18 with two kids. their father and i were on and off again for a long time, but finally engaged. igo to college. i graduated on time. i have a two year old and a two month old. i go to mohawk college. and to brock university next september. and my parents and i dont speak. i rent a three bedroom house and my bills are like 2 grand a month. we both work full time and like i said.. school. its not SO tough to be a teen parent if you have support from the father (like i do) but im not saying it is easy either. you need to grow up and mature and act alot older then your years, and its emotionally straining. i get no sleep. and i cry from stress all the time just because im stil growing myself. its tough. and i work HARD for my lifestyle and to be able to give my children a good home, good food (because i cook properly..no kd or helper ewe.) and we have two vehicles. my kdis go to daycare as well. but as i said… we work damn hard for our kids and any other girl out there.. NOT FUN! dont get knocked up

    40. Sarah says:

      Teen Mom has become entertainment to me, Seeing them complain about money but yet Maci and Farrah have brand new cars? Also being in the media, does that not say something? In the begining when they started off with 16 and pregnant I enjoyed watching the show because being a teen mom myself made me relate to what some of them were going through but as it progressed it definately gave me a whole new perspective on how screwed up the generation is today. At least I dont need a man to satisfy my needs or need to go party and have "fun". The only person in my life that matters is my son and thats all I live for.

    41. Chloe says:

      I had my first child 2 weeks after my 18th bday. I dont feel that Teen Mom accurately paints a picture of what its like to be a mom at a young age. Sure it has its moments that mothers like me can relate to, but we can fill in the blanks. Teens who do not have babies of their own can not fill in these blanks. You simply can not sum up sleepless nites as a new parent in a 5 minute interval in one episode. This show is just a peek at what being a teen mother is all about. I can totally relate to these girls on teen mom, but the show doesnt do teen parenting justice. If anything I think it gives the illusion that anyone can be parent at 16 or 17, yeah its hard but do-able. Teens start comparing themselves to the girls on the show, thinking of how they would be a better mother than Amber or Farrah etc. I also think it makes teen pregnancy more common or acceptable, meaning that its not taboo anymore. I dont think this show makes teens fear teen pregnancy, I think it makes them embrace it. This show teaches teens how to be a teen mom, instead of how to prevent it. This is just a humble opinion, from a single mother of 2, still struggling to make ends meet, 9 years after her teen pregnancy.

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