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Oh Baby Baby

By Cross Woodfield

 

So you guys have been hearing this talk of teen pregnancy, right?  Seventeen teens at a high school in Gloucester, Massachusetts got pregnant in one year as part of a pact to raise families together….

 

A lot of people have been connecting these girls, along with rises in pregnancy rates in America, with Jamie Lynn Spears and with the film Juno.  And here’s what I have to say about that.

Juno:  No.

Jamie Lynn:  Maybe.

 

I don’t understand what this has to do with Juno in the slightest.  Juno’s pregnancy was unplanned, and the last thing she wanted to do was raise a family.  She went to an abortion clinic but chickened out, at which point she totally disconnected herself from the baby, basically treated it like it was a hibiscus plant growing inside of her, and gave it up for adoption. 

 

To me, saying that a fictional movie like Juno makes kids get pregnant is like saying that Spiderman makes kids jump off buildings.  If we can’t ever show people doing “wrong” or “dangerous” things in films, then how will kids know what’s “right” and “safe?”  And if we never play fantasy and make-believe then why go to the movies and not just to the supermarket?

 

If we can’t blame Juno (and I think we can’t), why then have young motherhoods sprouted more oft than before?  One theory that I totally get is that nowadays young celebs are sporting babies like they’re next season’s Balenciaga bags.  Ashlee Simspon, Nicole Ritchie, Jessica Alba, Angelina Jolie…it seems like every issue of People magazine features a new celeb-and-baby coupling.

 

Undoubtedly, just like seeing celebrities smoking makes us think smoking is cool, seeing our more glamorous counterparts with babies makes babies cool.  So cool, in fact, that right now the waiting list for one is nine months long.

 

I think Jamie Lynn, like the girls in MA, is a victim of this life-altering, life-creating “trend.”  It seems to me the ideology in our culture is such that we immediately covet whatever celebrities clutch. 

 

It reminds me of that old saying, “If Angelina Jolie jumped off a bridge, would you?”

I don’t wanna know the answer.

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