On Monday morning I opened Snapchat and began scrolling through my friends’ stories. Amidst them I saw that MTV did a post on its show Teen Mom—the reality series that premiered in 2009. The show followed several teenage moms through their first years of motherhood. At the time of its premier, I was in high school—the perfect target age to watch it.
MTV’s Snapchat post included some flashbacks to the 2009 moms. But then its post changed from showing the moms to a quick 10-second video on “sex advice” from Dr. Mike. In essence, this random guy who threw a stethoscope around his neck and called himself a doctor was talking about birth control. His message centered around the fact that parents do not need to know if their daughters get birth control or Plan B.
As a girl in her early twenties, I find this disturbing. First and foremost, I know that sex is a total gift of self and should be saved for your spouse. However I doubt that MTV would teach this to young girls. In addition, MTV omitted something tremendously important about birth control. As Dr. Mike talked about “sex advice”, he left out the fact that birth control can be both dangerous and deadly.
What about full disclosure?
Women, young and old, have the right to know the problems they could face if they decide to put these hormones in their bodies. For instance, they have the right to know that clinical depression is a common and serious side effect. They deserve to know that women have died as a result of blood clots. They should know that other side effects include weight gain, cancer, increased acne, and the inability to have children later in life.
And of course I cannot leave out the fact that Plan B is designed to kill a tiny preborn child or that other forms of birth control can actually cause the death of a newly created human being. Yes, these deadly facts are not talked about.
MTV has a clear agenda; first off forget about having an open relationship with your parents, instead you should hide your personal life from them. Secondly, forget about all the major side effects and death attached to birth control. Organizations and people like this do not have the health and safety of young adults as a priority. Their philosophy is to teach teens how to have “fun” and do what they want rather than teach them to make good decisions.
While actions and stories like this sadden and frustrate us at Life Defenders, they also inspire us to reach out to more and more young adults to tell them the truth. We know that the full truth is hidden from them and we know that we must be there to guide, to lead, and to teach. Will you help us and become a Life Defender?