Sunday, November 29, 2009
I’ve seen many girls in my high school pregnant from 9th to 12th grade. I can’t believe how young they were and with no sound future for themselves or their children. After watching Juno I was surprised by the strength one young women had throughout her pregnancy and her determination for that child to be raised correctly. Ellen Page plays Juno MacGuff a witty 16-year-old woman who decided to give her unborn child up for adoption. After a brief and not so romantic sexual encounter with her best friend Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera) she ends up pregnant. She wade her options and she decided the best route was to give her baby up to “the perfect” couple Vanessa and Mark Loring played by Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman. I loved the movie because she didn’t seem scared or dismal about herself. She would walk around big and all without a care that people were judging her. The movie makes you laugh and think about the many young women that get pregnant and go through what Juno has gone through. Not many girls laugh at their scary situation they may cry, scream, get kicked out their parent’s home, or are homeless, or hurting. Juno may not be the accurate depiction of teenage pregnancy but it does show that young girls can have the option of adoption. They can have hope for themselves or their child. We want young women to make better decisions about their sexuality and take responsibility for their actions. Young girls need a safe place to go for help when pregnant and alone. In the movie, Juno wasn’t alone she had her father and step-mother to help her. She had a strong family unit to help her out and guide her through this important decision.
When I read Red; Crushes Sweet and Excruciating, Sex, and a Love That Ends in Desert Rehab you can see that young women involve themselves with guys. HELLO, we can’t stop this psychological and biological force. It’s nature for them to have feelings but they need better atmospheres that can teach them to be responsible. Responsibility I think is the key to the sudden burst of young girls becoming pregnant. I know it may not be easy but when you want our kids to be better adults we need to find ways to teach them about sexual intercourse and the consequences to their actions. Eliza Appleton writes, “Sex education at my school is geared toward making every physical connection between a man and a woman into a disease” (153). As adults we make it really hard for teenagers to express themselves when all we say is NO. Growing up I know that was what my problem was. Sex was wrong and we couldn’t do anything to change it. Therefore, we need to be more aware of sexuality with our young women. We need to express to them that what they are feeling is not a negative emotion but something you need to be responsible about. Though we may not stop having Juno’s in our high schools we can reduce the amount of young women that fall prey to their own feelings.
Posted by Jessica at 10:10 PM