I’ve noticed a rather disturbing trend in the past year in parenting groups I’m a part of, IRL and online, namely teen pregnancy as being a “cool” thing to do. Now, I admit this is an incredibly biased sample- teen moms involved in parenting communities are likely to claim they are doing something “cool” even if their peers disagree.
Nonetheless, I keep stumbling on more and more pro-teen parenting communities, and a large proportion of the teen ladies in the groups I’m involved in claim to have purposely planned their pregnancies.
This is very much the opposite of how my peers and I thought of teen parenting when I was in high school (early 90s).
So, now I’m wondering if:
a) the teen pregnancy rates are suddenly back on the rise*
b) if the teen ladies getting pregnant now are a “new breed”- ie not the general stereotype we think of involving breaking condom/ ignorant about family planning/ unable to get contraception, but rather consisting largely of teens getting pregnant by choice because it’s cool, hip, exciting, whatever. So thus, the numbers might not change, but the causation might, which might have significant implications in regards to education, culture, etc.
Anyone else notice the “teen pregnancy is cool” trend recently?
*Stats I’ve seen show decrease from 91-02, but I haven’t seen anything more recent. Of course, it’s 1 am, and I didn’t look exceptionally hard.