By: Carolina Pichardo
When MTV first launched Teen Mom reality show, I watched the first few episodes, mostly to give it the benefit of the doubt (what with all the bad reviews it was receiving) and hoping it wouldn’t make us look too bad. Would it display teen moms in a positive light? Did it demonstrate the real struggles most teen moms endure when becoming first-time parents at such a pivotal age? It was a great effort, but by the end of the season, the media wasn’t following the few teen moms trying to do right by their children. Instead, it was the ones that were going to jail, getting drunk, and quite recently, making sex tapes that were getting the cover of magazines. In other words, the ones propagating the dumb, wreckless teenage mom stereotype too juicy for the tabloids to ignore.
So when Global Grind asked, “What Does Farrah’s Sex Tape Mean For Society’s View On Teen Moms?,” we couldn’t help but have an answer.
Farrah Abraham is one of the original Teen Mom characters. We first met her when she was on the network’s 16 and Pregnant show, and then followed as she graduated to debut in the Teen Mom series. We continue to read of her dating troubles and the relationship with her parents through tabloids, but are now seeing another side with news that she’ll be featured in a sex tape.
Although she’s a star (for lack of a better description) on a popular reality show, I can’t help but think that her actions aren’t going to affect teen/young moms everywhere, as Global Grind points out. We just ain’t go time for that. Yes, you could read that in the Sweet Brown voice.
This isn’t to say that she’s not going to go on and probably make a name for herself based on these crazy decisions (this is show business after all). But, there are just too many young moms doing amazing things and breaking grounds for this to affect those efforts. As a matter of fact, several of Farrah’s own cast mates are working hard to breakdown the stereotypes of teen mothers, from continuing school, getting married, writing books, etc. Trying to have a stable life for their children. Not selling themselves, getting a million dollars for it, and then saying it’s all to pay the bills.
As far as I’m concerned, Farrah could continue walking down that stereotypical road. We don’t mind if she loses her way on it. Meanwhile, we – all great young mothers out there – will continue to do what we do best, play our roles as young moms right.
Young Urban Moms’ co-founder, Carolina Pichardo, is a digital marketer by day, writer and community activist by night, and mom to Lulu always. You can reach her at email@example.com or on Twitter @c_pichardo.