• Tue, Apr 26 2011

Would You Take Sex Advice from MTV’s Teen Moms?

Tonight, MTV is airing a special called 10 Most Outrageous Sex Myths. The special features celebrities and MTV stars talking about and debunking sex myths like “You can’t get pregnant if a guy pulls out.” Since the special hasn’t aired yet, the jury is out on whether it’ll be a surprisingly-well-done episode like the Markai Durham abortion special or something horrible and ham-fisted like the Teen Mom 2 reunion.

Although this trailer is brief, we get clips of five of MTV’s Teen Moms – Farrah Abraham, Catelynn Lowell, Amber Portwood, Kailyn Lowry, and Maci Bookout. I don’t know about you, but Amber is possibly the last person on earth I want advice from. She does come across as somewhat self-aware in the five second long clip (saying that she knows pulling out doesn’t work, since that’s how she got pregnant in the first place), but I just can’t see someone who had a pregnancy scare during the most recent Teen Mom season doesn’t make me think “safe sex expert!” I do think that the Teen Moms can all use their own experiences as teachable moments – just because you made a mistake once doesn’t mean that you can never give other people advice. I know that Catelynn started using the Mirena after her pregnancy, and it seems that some of the Teen Moms did learn from their earlier birth control screwups or sex misconceptions. But I still don’t know if that makes them credible sex-ed experts.

That said, the Teen Moms aren’t the only questionable experts in this special. Jersey Shore‘s Vinny Guadagnino is in the episode, demonstrating what appears to be an HIV test. Considering all of Vinny’s sexual irresponsibility this season, I don’t think I would trust him to give anyone advice. I understand MTV’s point – they know that young people will listen to celebrities more than they’d listen to teachers or their parents, so they’re hoping some recognizable faces will be able to get safe-sex messages across. But five minutes of Vinny giving tips about safe sex weighted against 20-something episodes of him hooking up with random girls doesn’t seem like the best message to me.

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  • Jewles

    Is it fair to call Vinny “sexually irresponsible”? In my eyes, the only way he could be deemed as such would be if he wasn’t having safe, protected sex–which we haven’t any evidence of, nor any evidence to the contrary. IMO, if a single guy wants to sleep with multiple women over the course of a fun summer, power to him. As long as he’s being safe–as well as honest with his partners about his intentions, which seemed to be the case, I don’t think that’s at all irresponsible. Everyone was upset when the dudes of Jersey Shore judged Angelina for having one night stands, so I don’t think it’s fair to judge Vinny for having them, either. Everyone should be allowed to make their own decisions and have their own set of ethics in regards to sex in general and this issue in particular. Men and women, both.

  • Joanna

    Well it really depends on the advice that they give. Some people do mean well when they learn lessons the hard way..

  • Jay

    Catelynn also had unprotected sex AFTER the heartwrenching decision to place a child for adoption. She and Tyler discussed it after her doctor’s appointment regarding the IUD, when he called her out for lying to the doctor about them having unprotected sex since.

    Yeah. I wouldn’t take sex advice from ANY of the teen moms. Considering I’ve made it to almost 30 so far without any “accidents” (I use that term loosely in the Teen Mom case), *I* should probably write a how-to manual for *them*.