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.