Teen Pregnancy

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Suddenly teen pregnancy IS cool?

1. Teen pregnancy is up partly because there is less of a stigma associated with teen pregnancy since there is more of a "cultural permission" to be a younger mother. The rise is also partly due to the portrayal of celebrity teens such as Jamie Lynn Spears in the media and other cultural shifts, giving teens the idea that "having a baby is the new handbag".

2. The reason the authors use allusion in the first paragraph is to show the readers that teen pregnancy is becoming a trend amongst celebrities and its sweeping teen culture along with it. Whether or not the average teen thinks unplanned pregnancy is fashionable, there are numerous celebrity and pop culture examples of hip, unmarried moms. The
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Paragraph 25- "latest accessory in Hollywood-protruding bellies….having a baby is the new handbag…"
The author in the article is comparing the latest style to pregnancy. Media is portraying that pregnancy is the latest trend and it is popular amongst cool celebrities. The author goes on to compare babies as the new handbag, making it seem like carrying a baby is like carrying the most fashionable handbag. It makes teens feel as if it's "hip" and they should go get one like it's a fashion accessory.

b) Irony
Paragraph 1- "I didn't believe it because Jamie Lynn's always been so conscientious. She's never late for her curfew."
This is ironic because Jamie Lynn is the not conscientious; infact she is very irresponsible. If she was careful she would have been able to prevent her pregnancy at such an early age.

Paragraph 2- "…just 16, who matter-of factly chooses to have a baby and an open adoption rather than an abortion. No big deal."
This is ironic because the author is using the movie Juno as an example to Jamie Lynn's situation, making it seem like teenage pregnancy is not that big of a deal. When everyone found out that Juno was pregnant in the movie they were very unrealistic about it and not freaking out like most families would do. However, the readers know that teen pregnancy is a very big deal in our society and there are a lot of drawbacks that come with it. Most

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