It all started with Jamie Lynn Spears, didn’t it? Back in 2007 Jamie Lynn was the good Spears sibling with a sterling reputation and hit Nickelodeon show. Then with an interview in O.K. Magazine it was revealed that little Jamie Lynn was expecting (coincidentally, after she saw Knocked Up). Bye bye Nickelodeon show, so long sterling reputation, hello teen pregnancy epidemic.
The truth is that Jamie Lynn was just part of a growing trend. After 15 years of steady decline, the teen pregnancy rate spiked 5% between 2005 and 2007. Today, 3 out of 10 girls in the United States are pregnant before age 20.
As maternity wards became filled with teen mothers, TVs and movies began featuring pregnant teens with more frequency.
From Juno to Glee, it seems like pregnant teens are everywhere.
With the successful finale of Teen Mom, the spinoff of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant, the music channel has now ordered more, more, more.
16 and Pregnant is coming back to MTV.
Teen Mom ended its first season with 3.6 million viewers. It’s second season, eight episodes of teens trying to be parents, will begin this summer. 16 and Pregnant will be coming back with more new episodes on Feb. 16, which promise to stay true to the focus of educating viewers about the complications and difficulties in school, relationships, and health for pregnant teens, and hopefully preventing teen pregnancy.
But that doesn’t seem to be enough for MTV! Continue reading