Friday, June 20, 2008

Gloucester's Sex Ed Program: Pregnant With Problems


I'm sure by now you've all heard about the pregnancy pact made by upwards of 17 high school girls in Gloucester, MA to get pregnant and then raise the babies together. And yeah, one of the girls was impregnanted by a 22 year old homeless man, which proves that this has nothing to do with sexual desire, and everything to do with a desire for love. So snark aside, I have to say that this is kind of really heartbreaking. One Gloucester High School grad, who popped out a baby freshman year, said that the girls did it because they thought it'd be "cool" to have someone who would always love them. Is that not the saddest thing you've ever heard? A huge chunk of people in Gloucester live perilously below the poverty line, and you have to assume these girls are coming from atypical and potentially harmful family backgrounds. And clearly their relationships with men have soured, or they feel that they have, and they're only teenagers. I mean, it breaks my heart, really it does, because the truth is I can understand their logic. I'm not condoning it, obviously it's terrible, and it's definitely not the way I think, but if you're a young girl with a broken family, maybe a history of sexual abuse and unfulfilling relationships with the men in your life, including boyfriends and fathers, then I can honestly wrap my head around why they would want to do this. I know it sounds crazy, and they're clearly romanticizing the idea of having a child, but I can't blame them for just wanting someone to love them unconditionally. I mean, isn't that kind of what we all want?


If anything good comes out of this, hopefully there will be a radical transformation of the sex education system in Gloucester. I don't think that the administration should be accused of coddling young mothers - those who get pregnant deserve all the help they can get - but they definitely need a more comprehensive sex ed program that extends beyond freshman year. And it needs to teach lessons about the consequences of unprotected sex, not just about contraception. Hopefully this story will spark continued reforms to the abstinence-only rhetoric that treats our bodies like secrets we're not allowed to talk about or experiment with. These girls obviously weren't taught the repercussions of teenage motherhood, and now, unfortunately, all 17 of them will be suffering the consequences.


-Jess

9 comments:

Bianca Reagan said...

That's very sad. I do understand their contextual logic. I wish they had mature adult guidance in their lives so that this pact would never have been a necessary option for them to find love and support.

Anonymous said...

They’re just sluts…what’s the big deal? Didn’t your high school have sluts who'd screw anybody? That’s what abortion is for, to prevent these kids from having the burden of babies…the public better grow up and realize that kids control their own lives now. Kids can get pregnant and get an abortion (or have a baby) without parental consent. That’s just the way it is now, so , “tough it!” Kids today know their rights, and no adult is going to get in their way!!! It's the law, jerkoff.

Jess and Josh said...

Except that if you're under 18 you need parental consent to get an abortion in 43 of the 50 states. It's the law, jerkoff.

And it really has nothing to do with sluttiness.

That's all I'm even going to address.

Anonymous said...

These are not young newly weds. These tramps screwed over and over with any boy till they got pregnant. Even the news media said the pregnancy test requests at the school had skyrocketed!! Okay, then what is your definition of a slut. This is what the Webster online dictionary says: SLUT - 1 chiefly British : a slovenly woman 2 a: a promiscuous woman. Now, I am not judging these kids, but they fit the definition of SLUTS!!!!

Anonymous said...

Is this person commenting above me for real? wow.

Anonymous said...

Don't really agree with the sl*t comment. Just reminds me of the Liberal motto , "abortion at any age." Does this infer, "sex at any age." Someone is going to have to wise up and realize that children DON'T make rational decisions. That's why abstinence is better. Some girls, of course, are just going to do what they want anyway. And, they used to be called sluts. Okay, I'm convinced.

Anonymous said...

Sure about the 43 states?

In the United States, most states typically require one of two types of parental involvement — consent and/or notification. As of November 2006, 34 states required some type of parental involvement in a minor's decision to have an abortion — 21 states require one or both parents to consent to the procedure, 11 require one or both parents be notified and 2 require both consent and notification before an elective abortion can occur.

Anonymous said...

What’s my Islamic take on this? Sharia Law would handle the high school pregnant sluts in Gloucester differently. They’d be stoned to death. Amina Lawal Kurami (born 1973) is a Nigerian woman. In March 2002, an Islamic Sharia court (in Funtua, Nigeria in the northern state of Katsina) sentenced her to death by stoning for adultery for conceiving a child out of wedlock. I know it sounds cruel, but we just don’t have this problem in our countries.

Anonymous said...

She was not killed!! She got off on appeal.