New piece up on Hip Mama
“HOW OFTEN DO THE ANTI-CHOICERS AND THE PRO-CHOICERS, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, PROGRESSIVES AND CONSERVATIVES ALL CHEER A MOVIE ABOUT TEENAGE PREGNANCY? WHEN THE TEENAGER CHOOSES NOT TO PARENT, THAT’S WHEN.
The two sides of the choice game almost never agree, but one thing they do agree on is that teenagers should not be having children, or rather should not be keeping their children. Teenagers really only have two legitimate choices: abortion and adoption. Somehow dissing on parenting teenagers is a unifying force in a land divided.
“I actually see the movie as completely apolitical,” Jason Reitman, the director of Juno, was quoted as saying. I can tell you the only people this movie wasn’t apolitical to was real life, actual, flesh and blood teenage parents. If you’re a teen parent like me, or maybe a teen parent like my daughter, or possibly a teen parent like my best friend, or a teen parent like so many of my friends you probably sat watching Juno that very first time enthralled. You saw yourself. Finally, finally, finally you identified with a character on the screen. You saw a scruffy, tough, smart, quirky, insecure, working class teenager who came from an average messed up family from an average town and here she was pregnant just like you are, or were. You understood that when she walked away from the abortion clinic it didn’t make her anti-choice, it simply meant she was exercising her right to choose. To choose to have the damn kid.”
Read the full essay here: