A discussion on another board really got me thinking about this.
In today's day and age where racism is only acceptable if it's subtle or hidden, everyone insists that there is no blatant racism any more, people have moved on from that.
But there is an instance in which blatant and outright racism is totally acceptable, and that... Find Out More
I Am Not You - Yes I am
by Jessica Allan Lavarnway
Glancing around my obstetrician's clinic, I saw another young girl,
perhaps seventeen years old. And my first thought was, "I am not
I was not a teenaged mother.
Sure, I was nineteen. Sure, this was my second child.
But damn it, I wasn't a... Find Out More
Aricia LaFrance describes the beginning of Arvada, Colorado's Angel Foundation in very personal terms: "I was stressed out, and my kids were making me crazy." LaFrance chose to splurge and spend a day at a spa, getting away from it all. But while she was there, she did some thinking. "I started wondering about teen moms, single moms, moms with... Find Out More
The Reproductive Rights of Minors by Allison Crews
Although teenagers in the United States are expected to make mature adult decisions while being criticized for behaving wildly and irrationally and are required to take legal responsibility for their actions, they are still denied the basic rights of citizens. They are denied... Find Out More
Teenage pregnancy is not a "crisis" or "epidemic," like so many people would like us to believe. The only true epidemic associated with teen pregnancy is the overwhelming and universal lack of support available to young mothers. The only true crisis is the denial of the fact that teenage girls can be, are, and always have been, both sexual and maternal beings, with the capacity to love, procreate, and nurture.
We love our children fiercely. We protect and care for them like any mother, of any age, would. Through Girl-Mom, We hope to slowly show that to the world.
Girl-Mom in no way encourages teen pregnancy, as some critics have implied. Girl-Mom encourages mothers. We encourage all young women who have chosen to become mothers. We encourage all young mothers to stand up for themselves, to fight for their children, to empower themselves and to defy the notion that being young means that you are unworthy of parenthood.
We do not encourage childless teens to follow our path; face it, it's a tough path. But we encourage all teens that wake to the call of "mama!" before dawn breaks, to do all that they can to empower themselves and nurture their children. We encourage those who, through their own choices and freewill, have evolved from Girl to Girl-Mom. The girls who frequent this site are intelligent, strong, compassionate, socially aware, politically active, and eternally nurturing. Together, we will change the face of "teen parenthood."