There’s several movies out there that immediately give a scarily accurate representation of what it is like out there. While some are blissfully blind to the facts and/or exaggerations, there are those who recognize, “this sh*t’s real”. There’s pregnant teenagers, juniors with joints, and human beings with developmental differences that are just as capable of feeling love and giving love as anyone else on the planet.
My first example is Juno (2007).
I watched it a few weeks ago for the first time and I was highly amused. I had always heard about it, good and bad reviews. The good reviews were from those who had been there, done that and/or had the capacity to acknowledge that these teens are not untouchable. The bad reviews came from those who couldn’t possible fathom that teenagers would get themselves into that kind of predicament, and/or thought that advertising teenage pregnancy in a full-length movie is horrible for society.
The main character, “Juno MacGuff” played by Ellen Page, is 16 year old who finds herself bored. She has an easily maliable friend, “Paulie Bleeker” played by Michael Cera (George Michael Bluth on Arrested Development), who adores her and who she is quite fond of as well. Of course, within an expected amount of time, she finds herself… expecting. She tells her parents, dad is “Mac MacGuff” played by J.K. Simmons and step-mom is “Brenda ‘Bren’ MacGuff” played by Allison Janney who was also Penny’s mom on the latest rendition of “Hairspray”. Mom and dad take it better than she’d thought. Juno’s thrilled and tells them that she’s already found adoptive parents for the baby. Going to the abortion clinic backfires after a classmate tells her that her baby already has fingernails (it’s not the elaborate advertisements that made her think twice, it was her friend with a simple factoid). Jason Bateman plays “Mark Loring” and Jennifer Garner (Denison University alumna) plays “Vanessa Loring”, the adoptive parents. *spoiler* The best part is toward then end when Juno’s bubble is about to burst and she hollers “THUNDERCATS ARE GO!”
What I like about the film [Juno] is that it tackles an issue that we often treat as this really heavy, dark event and we look at it with a different perspective. She’s extremely independent. She finds adoptive parents before she even tells her parents. I just think it’s nice to not dwell in darkness. ~ Ellen Page on “Juno”
Oh, yeah right. Right? The weird truth is that females can reach the age of physical sexual maturity at a very wide age range. Much of it has to do with the amount of body fat. There was a little girl, Peruvian 5 years old, who became pregnant. No lie, look it up on Snopes. Some girls don’t even get “the gift” until the late teens for various reasons. This happens occasionally with girls who have been athletes ever since they could crawl or those who have very little body fat.
This brings me back to my blog about Sex Ed, too soon? If a 5 year old is physically equipped (not saying all 5 year olds are) to bear a child, is it a bad idea to start educating children about even the simplest of terms?
Children after all, are frequently victims of sexually related crimes and frankly, I think that children should know the proper names so that there’s no time wasted in trying to decipher kid-code. ~ Me
The high school that I graduated from had one classroom decided to the education of teenage parents. The program was called GRADS. I don’t know how many students on campus were parents. Sex Ed started in my district in 5th grade. I think there was another presentation in 8th grade and one more in 9th grade (health class). If you ask me, there were too many students asking “why am I here?” It wasn’t that particular students were targeted to attend, but many of them should have been taking the information to heart. But life happens. So, what do you do when life happens?