Juno And Pregnancy Essay

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In the movie Juno, teenage pregnancy is the main focus. Juno is not the boldly promiscuous sex-a-holic teenager that is typically portrayed on shows like Ricki Lake and Maury. Instead, Juno is a normal girl who feels slightly out of place in high school and finds the whole situation of adolescence a bit meaningless. She is wise enough to know she does not have the maturity to become a mother or to make some of the decisions she now must make, but immature enough to tell the struggling adoptive mother that she is “lucky to not be pregnant.” In the movie, Juno has to deal with the judgmental stares of adults and friends at school, insults by an ultrasound technician, and of course the painful decision to keep the baby and give it up for adoption rather than have an abortion. Although this movie does have its funny moments and is in some ways an excellent interpretation of teenage pregnancy, the fact that many of the more serious emotional and physical side effects are left out cannot be ignored. Juno manages to elude high school student stereotypes. She jokes about herself as the kind of freaky girl "with horn-rimmed glasses and vegan footwear and Goth makeup or Converse All-Stars and cello skills,” who is wanted secretly by all the jocks. She seems oddly mature yet somewhat childlike, and is in no way sexualized, yet she is pregnant from that one time on that chair. The pregnancy shows that Juno is driven by the chance to make her own decisions and isn't really influenced by the embryo’s rights, but by her own autonomy. She shows independence by taking it upon herself to find an abortion clinic and trying to “nip it in the bud before it gets any worse.” But when she has a terrible experience with the punk receptionist and seeing her Asian friend protesting outside that, “they have fingernails!” she is lead to consider other options. So, she finds Vanessa and

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