Monday, November 15, 2010

Children raising children

I'm sure by now everyone has at least heard a rumor about a "pregnancy pact" among a group of highschool girls a few years back. Yuck. Whether or not this is true, I can't say. But what I can say is that during the 2007-2008 school year at Gloucester High School in Gloucester, Massachusetts, 18 girls became pregnant and 17 carried to term.

The Media Education Foundation put together "The Gloucester 18", a documentary about these young women and how they came to make and cope with their decisions. Regardless of your views on teen motherhood, I think we can all find this fairly shocking (or not, if you know anything about sociology and anthropology).

I'm not going to say a whole lot about it because I, as per usual, have more to say than this space can accomodate. But watch this preview and try if you can to get your hands on the DVD. Very interesting analysis of the woman-child phenomenon that occurs with teen mothers. We can discuss in the comments section!

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