This is the most saddening and disgusting picture I have seen all month. Unlike Dr. Boyce Watkins, Im having a hard time swallowing this one.
To quote Denene from My Brown Baby;
When did babies become a cute “accessory” for teenagers? What happened to the days when parents put the fear of God in their teenagers so that they knew bringing home a baby wasn’t an option or cute or cause for celebration—that nobody would be tossing up sparkles and glitter because it was downright shameful to do so when babies having babies was involved?
Equally disturbing? More than 70 others “liked” the Pregnancy Pact picture and left comments like, “oweee” and “Get it ladies”—like they’re congratulating the girls on picking a cute dress or a hot shoe.
While these children are physically capable of having sex and bearing children, they are FAR from MENTALLY CAPABLE. These aren’t the days of old, when 15-year olds were expected to be fruitful and multiply.
Why Teen Pregnancy Doesnt Fly in the 21st Century
Back in the day it was necessary to have as many kids as possible, as soon as possible:
- Lifespans were shorter, as were fertility windows.
- The Agrarian (Farming) Age relied on manpower, and more kids meant more farmhands.
- A big family meant a big network of support
Gone are the days of short lifespans and fertility windows. Across the 20th century the average human life span roughly doubled from about 35 years to a world-wide average of about 67. The first people who will live to 200 may have already been born.
Gone are the days when manual labor could support an entire family. Children must be armed with education to succeed in this world. Waiting tables, cleaning rooms, and “singing/acing/modeling” dont cut it (for the most part. I know there are exceptions). By getting pregnant early, these children increase stack the deck against themselves, are more likely to drop out, are less likely to go to college, and that will cap their earnings for life.Having a low income will force them to depend on government funding to care for themselves and their children. This attitude of dependency will produce long-term effects in their life that will keep them stuck in a perpetual cycle, and may even pass on to their children – the proverbial “generational curse”.
Gone are the days when a big family meant a big network of support. Today it is typical to see a Grandmother raising two or three generations of kids. The men in these families are often absent, and the women of those families are typically working or at school. Not always – but more often than not – this means a lower quality of life and upbringing for the child.
Things could be even worse for the kid if these children have to raise their kids on their own. A teenager that doenst even understand or have control over her own emotions could end up destroying a childs life, as in the case of Baby Emilio.
Seven week old Emilio Bautista died due to severe burns on Saturday after his mother, Chekayla Dampier held him under scalding hot water because he wouldn’t stop crying
The little girls in this pregnancy pact SEVERELY underestimate the toll that having a child takes on even a HEALTHY, STABLE ADULT. These girls have no clue about themselves, the world, or what it REALLY means to RAISE a child (not just give birth to one).
Speaking of the Child…Is Anyone Concerned About the Kids?
I dont know the situation of these pregnant children, but statistics show that these fetuses are walking into a shit-storm. The deck is already stacked against them. I have seen very young mothers dragging along three filthy, screaming toddlers on the way to a bus stop. I have heard them yell the most obscene things to these young children out of frustration and fatigue. I have felt pain and sorrow for the unnecessary pain that these kids will have to endure.
Granny cant go to PTA meetings, supervise three generations of kids, take care of herself, and let you borrow some money while holding it all together. Granny suffers and the children suffer. And you think these little 15-year old boys are going to be anywhere in the picture for the long run? I should hope so, but statistically I dont think so. I personally know men with upwards of 12 children (one man in particular has 36 children the last he counted – true story). You really think these kids are well provided for?
All because a kid wanted to be cute and “get it in” and somewhere along the line, some responsible adult failed to prevent this ratchet-ass behavior.
Im not criticizing anyone or placing blame here. Im Just Sayin’