I have had the luck to access some of my posts from the original blogspot version of They say it’s in the Genes.
This is a reblog from April 2011 in response to a news paper article.
Teen Pregnancy, Shocking!
Well, it surprises me that most of the world think so.
Pregnancy is something that women do (with some help, of course) and in the main they do it rather well. Furthermore they have been doing it for a very very long time; as long as man has been around, in fact.
Looking rather obtusely at the condition the whole process was designed rather beautifully by Mother Nature in her infinite wisdom. The process, as we all know begins with puberty, Mother Nature has seen fit to decide when people are ready to procreate, but man in his “equally infinite wisdom” (or so he thinks) has decided that for teens to get pregnant is shocking. Man, apparently, knows better than Mother Nature.
If we look at what we have become as a society, we find the answer. Man has twisted the world so badly by our various religious beliefs that we have lost sight of how to be humans. We concentrate on education (except sex) so that we can be successful. You cannot be educated if you are pregnant, oh no, that would raise the ugly spectre of sex in schools and colleges, so throughout modern times we have extended the taboos created by the Victorian era and subsequent years where pregnancy was the most shockingly shameful of events that could happen to a girl. Shocking to whom? Shameful to whom? Man, that’s who!
It is society that finds the idea of teen pregnancy so dreadful. I put it to you that our attitudes towards it are shocking, and in fact quite sick.
Various native peoples around the planet find the idea quite natural, mostly ones that haven’t been tainted by religion. They are unencumbered by the need to be “educated,” apart from tribal law handed down from mother to daughter, father to son, and the ‘witchdoctors’ and shamans to all.
“But they are heathens!” you cry.
I put it too you they are not heathens. They are the ones who are right, it is the civilised world that are the heathens and heretics of Mother Nature’s design.
I recently read an article on the web on teen pregnancy, and the opening gambit was the question; “What causes teenage pregnancy?” In my view if they need to use this as their opening, then they shouldn’t even be writing on the subject. I’m not talking about the actual act of copulation, rather, I refer to teenage pregnancy is caused by teens following their natural impulses to procreate with one they love, respect or care for, or simply because the girl says “yes.” I am not even disussing rape here, that’s entirely another issue.
One of the aspects that we as adults find shocking is that teens are able to make a decision when we don’t consider them to be emancipated for such until they are in their twenties and safely married.
My views were coloured some years ago by something my stepdaughter said to me. I had been out of the country for nine months and on my return, I found her to have a boy friend somewhat older. Her mother appeared to have no objection, although I was quite shocked by the idea; and one day I asked her, why don’t you find a boy your own age (14 at the time), her reply; “I don’t want a boy!” was quite emphatic, I shut up I was out of my depth. They eventually married soon after, and she became pregnant two years later at 16 and had a son. That was all 15 years ago, she never had any more children and they are still married. So who is to say they were wrong.
It is the civilised world that has made her a statistic instead of a person. It is society that has made her life ‘dirty.’
I am not proposing that every girl who has passed through puberty rush out and get pregnant, but rather to let nature take its course in the natural order of things and that man should stop interferring as he has done with everything else on the planet and created the polluted, economic, debauched shambles we have today. We are reaping what we have sown.
The emphasis we place on education is misdirected. We have lost sight that we need to educate humans not corporate robots devoid of any humanity. It is the adult world that is at fault because we don’t prepare our offspring to meld life and the society we have become.
Religion, its subsequent requirement of marriage and our own reluctance/inability to see teenagers as living, thinking, breathing, fully functional human beings are the problem, not pregnant teenagers.
When I see the words “teenage pregnancy” (among other phrases not related to sex) I shudder and think how we have stuffed things up, how we have twisted what was meant to be, who have we become, what right have we to change Mother Nature’s design, what gives us the audacity to even consider that we know better?