The Teen Mom Trope | Tragic, Heroic or Glam?

For decades, depictions of teen pregnancy onscreen were tragic, cautionary tales. Starting in the 2000s on, this trope pivoted as teen mom characters like Lorelai Gilmore and Juno could be independent, light-hearted, and anything but doomed. More recently, some even fear the Teen Mom is becoming “glamorized” in the wake of a boom in teen mom reality-TV shows and the high-profile pregnancy of 19-year-old Kylie Jenner. Here’s our Take on the Teen Mom trope, how she mirrors our changing attitudes, and why she’s stuck with the burden of representing the future of her whole society.