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 Jason Collins & ‘OSTNB’ Cast To Be Honored At ‘Trailblazers’ + 4 Other Things To Know Today 

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+ Jason Collins & OSTNB at “Trailblazers”

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Great news about Logo TV’s “Trailblazers” special! The event, which celebrates people who work for LGBTQ equality, will also honor Jason Collins and the cast of “Orange is the New Black.” Jason said, “We are proof that the actions we make, big or small, can have a positive, global impact on our community.” Remember to check it out June 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT!

+ A Stamp For Maya Angelou?

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Want another great way to respect Dr. Maya Angelou’s legacy? UltraViolet has a petition asking the Postal Service to put her on a stamp. As UltraViolet explains, “Maya Angelou was influential in so many ways: she was Hollywood’s first black female director, a best-selling author of 36 books and presidential inauguration poet. That’s why there’s movement to create a stamp in her honor. Will you add your name?” Already signed.

+ Melissa McCarthy is Ready to Take on Fashion

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Get ready, Fashion World, because Melissa McCarthy is here to make some changes! Tired of fashion concentrating on only certain body types, the actress is launching her own plus size line. “When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed,” she told Redbook. “Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers—very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people—and they all said no.” Not cool.

+ Research on Female Condoms

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Male condoms are better known than female condoms, but researchers at Indiana University are seeing what they can do about improving the female condom. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding it, along with other projects to help people’s health. If you ever have questions about birth control and protection, check out It’s Your (Sex) Life.

+ “Cosmos” Host Talks the Money of Climate Change

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Astrophysicist and “Cosmos” host Neil deGrasse Tyson talked about how it might take economics to get rich people more involved in fighting climate change. The way climate change is going, people are set to lose major money as rising sea levels encroach on cities. “If they start to lose their wealth, they change their minds real fast,” he said.

Photo: (Getty, NPR)

 MTV Takes a New Look at Virginity with ‘Virgin Territory’ 

Reported by MTV Act.

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There are a lot of stereotypes, misinformation and personal opinions that go with sex, and that includes virginity. In “Virgin Territory,” a new doc-series premiering July 16 at 11/10c, MTV takes a look at what virginity — and losing your virginity — means to young people.

The series will show different young people who have different opinions about virginity. What makes them similar is that they’re all virgins. On the show we’ll have young people who can’t wait to get laid, and young people who want to wait until they get married. We’ll have young people looking for Mr. or Ms. Right, and young people looking for a good current partner.

+ Watch A Trailer for ‘Virgin Territory”

The point is to show the realities that young people go though, and to also have this be a springboard to talk openly and honestly about sex. Because talking openly and honestly about sex gets us to something very important — talking openly and honestly about protecting your physical and emotional health if and when you’re having sex.

“MTV has a legacy of documenting the lives of young adults and openly talking about sex with thought-provoking programming such as ‘True Life,’ ‘16 and Pregnant’ and ‘Teen Mom,’”explained Lauren Dolgen, who is MTV’s EVP of Series Development and Head of West Coast Unscripted. “Through our ongoing partnership with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, MTV will continue this tradition by elevating the discussion of responsible sexual health to include the topic of virginity in a way that our audience might find surprising.”

Whatever the status of your V-card, it’s important to know how to protect yourself from unwanted pregnancy and STDs. For any sex Q’s you have, check out MTV’s It’s Your (Sex) Life.

 ‘Faking It’ Proves You Shouldn’t Pressure Anyone Into A Threesome 

Reported by MTV Act.

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Is that ice? I’m going to go over there and break it.

Sure I stole that from one of the stars of “Faking It,” but what else can you say about a post that’s going to discuss threesomes?

At the end of last week’s episode, Karma was ecstatic to find out that Liam was attracted to her. When she sensed his Amy-related hesitation, however, the most scandalous sentence of the season came out of her mouth: “We could have a threesome!”

Slow down, lady! Let’s press pause for a second and figure out why pressuring someone into a ménage-a-trois is a really, really bad idea.

First things first: you should never pressure anyone into a sexual act. Liam was clearly looking for a way to get with Karma without betraying his moral compass. What Karma should have done was break up with Amy, if she’s not into her BFF as a GF, and then she’d be free to get it on with the Hester High’s golden boy. Now, however, the situation has changed. Liam might think this is the only way he could be with Karma, so he probably feels like he has no other option.

Second, you absolutely have to get consent from all parties involved. Karma didn’t even think about asking Amy how she felt; she just bypassed Amy’s feelings altogether. That said, don’t think of consenting as something that will make you more appealing to your potential sexual partner.  Consent can be sexy — and it’s always required. Your goal should be to make sure everyone in the bedroom is feeling the same level of enthusiasm. Amy and Liam had the right to leave at any time when the situation became more about pressure than pleasure.

Finally, consider how you feel before proposing the threesome. Is this what you really want? Or do you just want to hook up with one of your potential sexual partners? Karma clearly doesn’t want to share Liam with Amy, but she didn’t realize that until after she suggested it. Like Amy and Liam, Karma had every right to leave when she realized she was uncomfortable; it doesn’t matter that she’s the one who suggested it in the first place.

This episode might have been all about the threesome, but just remember that these guidelines can be applied to any sexual situation. You can bring a lot of fun things into play when it comes to your sex life, but peer pressure shouldn’t be one of them.

Photo: (MTV)

 The Top 3 F*ck Ups From Last Night’s “Faking It” 

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Ok, we love Karma, Amy, and co., but that doesn’t mean they always make the best decisions. As always, last night’s episode of “Faking It” had a lot of LOL-worthy moments, but it was the OMG! NO! moments that still have us talking.

Here are the top 3 f*ck ups from yesterday’s show and how they could have been avoided:

+  Purposefully Ruining Your Mom’s Bridal Shower

Jealous of future stepsister Lauren, Amy set out to make her mother’s bridal shower the party from hell. She breaks a glass to ruin Lauren and her mom’s special moment, confesses that Lauren really hates her mom and is lying about how she feels, and ruins the croquembouche that Lauren was so excited to have. At the end of the episode, Lauren confesses that “even though she’s 20 years older” than her, Amy’s mom is her best friend! Amy feels so terrible that Karma doesn’t even say, “I told you so!” Next time, Amy should definitely listen to her BFF and take the moral high ground.

+ Seeking Random Bar Hookups to Hide Feelings

After turning down Karma’s offer of an art studio hook-up, Liam calls Shane for a night out at The Twain. Shane gets the two out of there before they can be busted for underage drinking, or agree to sleep with two twins who are little more than into each other. Liam later admits that he turned Karma down and wanted to get over her quickly because he’s afraid to care about her so much… We think his night would have gone much better had he just admitted that to himself in the first place.

+ Threesome or Something

Karma almost made it out of this episode as the lone voice of wisdom, but at the very last moment she agreed to do something so absurd that we can’t wait to see how next week’s episode turns out! After Liam tells her he wants to be with her but he can’t ignore that she’s with Amy, Karma suggests a threesome! Know what’s not cool? Promising the guy you like that your BFF will totally be done for a ménage-a-trois when you haven’t even asked her yet! Consent is the most important part of any relationship, so if Amy and Karma are going to stand a chance, there’s got to be a major convo between the two! Karma, next time just listen, nod along, and sleep on it. We’re sure your ideas will be better in the morning.

Photo: (MTV Press)

 Happy 24th Birthday, Amber Portwood! You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Many people make spectacles out of their birthdays, but as long as Amber Portwood‘s surrounded by her loved ones, she’s good to go. The former “Teen Mom” cast member, who turns 24 today, took to Twitter last night to reflect on how far she’s come in the past few years, and considering that she was behind bars only seven months ago, she’s certainly got a lot to celebrate.

“I’m truly blessed to be free and healthy today…can’t wait for my future and enjoying my present..love,” Amber tweeted, adding that she plans to spend the day with those who have stuck by her through some tough times.

After being sentenced to five years in jail in June 2012 for violating probation surrounding a case of drug possession, Amber was released early from prison in November 2013 (a process documented in the “Being Amber special below), and has been striving for a cleaner, more peaceful life since. She even recently acted as a mentor for troubled teens — some of whom also abused drugs — on “Maury.” Turning the negatives into positives is totally admirable — there’s no pity party here!

Share your thoughts on how far Amber has come, and be sure to wish her a happy birthday!

 Happy Mother’s Day From MTV’s Cutie-Pie Kiddos 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Abraham Lincoln — a man credited with leading the United States through the Civil War — once said, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” And you know what? We would have to agree. Whether they’re changing their babies’ diapers or supporting their adult children through every new endeavor, mothers are the backbones of many families, and we at MTV, who are completely familiar with their talents, want to give a little bit of thanks to all those matriarchs out there.

This Mother’s Day (it’s Sunday, for those of you who’ve flaked on your 1-800-FLOWERS order), we’re honoring some of MTV’s finest female caretakers. Maci Bookout of “Teen Mom,” for example, whose son, Bentley, is one of four tots featured in our very own card above, sets an incredible example for little B through her patient coaching and teen pregnancy prevention efforts, as does Chelsea Houska of “Teen Mom 2,” who recently graduated from beauty school to make a better future for her little girl, Aubree. And they’re not the only ones worthy of a round of applause.

Snooki is so in love with her boy, Lorenzo, that she flew back home to New Jersey from L.A. every chance she got while competing on “Dancing with the Stars.” And if we’re talking about supermoms, we can’t not mention Kailyn Lowry-Marroquin, who prepared for a second son late last year while juggling wedding planning, a job and caring for her firstborn, Isaac. Very impressive!

Whether moms pass on their senses of humor to their kids, like Nikki Deloach of “Awkward,” or demonstrate the value of speaking up, like Kristin Cavallari, they are certainly deserving of more than a day to be admired.

Happy Mother’s Day to all! Lovingly yours, MTV.

Photos: Getty Images, Chelsea Houska’s Instagram, Kailyn Lowry’s Instagram, Maci Bookout’s Instagram
Design: Akiko Yamamoto

 Happy Mother’s Day From MTV’s Cutest Kiddos 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Abraham Lincoln — a man credited with leading the United States through the Civil War — once said, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” And you know what? We would have to agree. Whether they’re changing their babies’ diapers or supporting their adult children through every new endeavor, mothers are the backbones of many families, and we at MTV, who are completely familiar with their talents, want to give a little bit of thanks to all those matriarchs out there.

This Mother’s Day (it’s Sunday, for those of you who’ve flaked on your 1-800-FLOWERS order), we’re honoring some of MTV’s finest female caretakers. Maci Bookout of “Teen Mom,” for example, whose son, Bentley, is one of four tots featured in our very own card above, sets an incredible example for little B through her patient coaching and teen pregnancy prevention efforts, as does Chelsea Houska of “Teen Mom 2,” who recently graduated from beauty school to make a better future for her little girl, Aubree. And they’re not the only ones worthy of a round of applause.

Snooki is so in love with her boy, Lorenzo, that she flew back home to New Jersey from L.A. every chance she got while competing on “Dancing with the Stars.” And if we’re talking about supermoms, we can’t not mention Kailyn Lowry-Marroquin, who prepared for a second son late last year while juggling wedding planning, a job and caring for her firstborn, Isaac. Very impressive!

Whether moms pass on their senses of humor to their kids, like Nikki Deloach of “Awkward,” or demonstrate the value of speaking up, like Kristin Cavallari, they are certainly deserving of more than a day to be admired.

Happy Mother’s Day to all! Lovingly yours, MTV.

Photos: Getty Images, Chelsea Houska’s Instagram, Kailyn Lowry’s Instagram, Maci Bookout’s Instagram
Design: Akiko Yamamoto

 5 Reasons Future + Kanye’s Video Game Sucks For Guys Too 

Reported by MTV Act.

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By Jazmyn Tuberville

Two men sit on a beach with all the power to pick whichever women they want by throwing gold chains at them and turning them into “trophies.” This is the premise of “I Won” the video game, and since its release on Future’s website last night, it has been described as “sexist,” “terrible” and “horrifying” by a number of outlets for its blatant objectification of women.

However, this game is problematic for far more reasons than just those on the surface. And, particularly for guys, it brings up a whole host of issues around what’s expected of a “real man.”

Here are five reasons that this game should piss guys off, too:

+ Being ‘That Guy’ Staring At Women

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Maybe you’ve heard about “male gaze,” which refers to the use of women’s bodies (in the case of Ye and Future’s video game — the half-naked women walking past on-screen) as a spectacle on display for men. The fact that the two men sit back on gold-plated thrones and literally turn women into prizes to be envied by others suggests a power dynamic in which men are aggressive and creepy. We know you’d actually prefer to go up and talk to a girl rather than just staring at her. Your mom definitely taught you better than that.

+ Throwing Things at Girls

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We pretty much all can say with confidence why throwing things at someone is wildly uncool — but it takes on a different level of gravity when a video game shows two men throwing heavy, gold chains at women, knocking them to the ground and turning them into inanimate objects. Not something I’m thinking most guys — or anyone — would be proud to admit they’ve done.

+ Objectification of Women

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Players earn a somewhat random number of points for each woman they hit. Once the women in the game do get hit by a flying gold chain, they’re now — with no spoken consent or mutual desire — the property of the man. Literally, they become an object in the guys’ possession. Cars and bling are one thing, but owning women? Nope. Not cool, man.

+ The ‘Gold Digger’ Stereotype

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What Drake did with ‘YOLO,’ Kanye did with “Gold Digger.” The video game tells guys that if “you throw expensive s at women, they can be yours” In other words, forget about having a personality or anything substantive, all you need is cash. However, in reality, two-thirds of women are the breadwinners of their families — so the gold digger stereotype should prob stay back in 2005, when Ye released his mega-hit.

+Macho/Masculine Stereotypes

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At the end of the 60 seconds in which players fling gold chains at women, they’re given a score on how many trophies they earned — a virtual pat on the back for getting so much action. Let’s be honest, IRL, women don’t necessarily always go for the ultra-macho, hyper-masculine guy. For example, Drake seems to be doing all right in the relationship department (Hello, Rihanna!) without being an over-the-top macho dude like the guys in this game.

For more on challenging hidden bias, head to MTV’s LookDifferent.org

Screenshots: (Iwonthegame.com)

 Maci Bookout Honored For Her Efforts In Helping To Prevent Teen Pregnancy 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Maci Bookout, Sean Lowe and Vanessa Hudgens with their awards.

Over the years, Maci Bookout has made it her mission to help spread awareness about teen pregnancy, and on Wednesday’s thirteenth annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the former “Teen Mom” cast member was recognized for her efforts. Along with actress Vanessa Hudgens and reality star Sean Lowe, the young mother was acknowledged at a Candie’s Foundation event in New York City.

“Blessed to be honored by the @candiesorg for my efforts in teen pregnancy prevention, on the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy,” the MTV alum posted on her Instagram page. “Means so much to me! xo #NoTeenPreg #NYC,” she added.

Every year, the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy strives to draw attention to the issue of teen pregnancy and provide education on how best to deter it. Maci, as well as all of the young women who have appeared on  “16 and Pregnant” and the “Teen Mom” franchises, have had an incredible impact on the decline in teen births.

In research released earlier this year, experts found that one-third of the drop in teen births since 2009 can be attributed to the MTV series. They concluded that watching the struggles and heartaches of teenagers who became parents before they were ready demonstrates how difficult teen parenting can be, and discourages other youth from doing the same.

For more information on preventing pregnancy, head to MTV’s It’s Your Sex Life website.

Photo: The Candie’s Foundation Twitter

 Amber Portwood And Daughter Leah Pose For ‘Goofy’ Selfie 

Reported by MTV Remote Control.

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Amber and Leah are a photogenic pair!

Kids…they grow up so fast.

Amber Portwood’s daughter, Leah, is no longer the little tot we saw on ”Teen Mom” — the vibrant 5-year-old is looking more and more like a big girl these days. While Amber is a fan of posting selfies, as well as sweet snoozing snapshots of her lil’ one, this is the first time in quite some time we’ve seen the beauties together in one frame.

“Me and booboo just being goofy…sending love everyone,” Amber tweeted yesterday, along with a heartwarming photo of the pair enjoying a cute cuddle. The young mom is giving her best kissy-face, while her little lady is looking away from the camera with an adorable wide-mouthed expression. Amber mini-me alert!

We last saw the mother-daughter duo in action on MTV’s catch-up special, “Being Amber,” in which they shared a loving reunion after Amber’s release from prison, and later celebrated Leah’s 5th birthday.

Keep the sweet snaps a comin’, ladies!

Photo: Amber Portwood’s Twitter

 Listen Up, Guys: Teen Pregnancy Isn’t Just About Teenage Moms 

Reported by MTV Act.

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Today is the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a day to talk about things like birth control and other ways to keep unwanted pregnancies from happening. It’s also a day where you’ll hear a lot of statistics about teen moms, like how less than half of teen moms ever finish high school, and how many teen moms live well below the poverty line.

But where are all the stats about teen dads?

It takes two to tango, but most of the country and media’s dialogue on the issue of teen parenthood concentrates on women. Part of this is because of a (sexist) double standard, in which it’s seen as the girl’s sole responsibility to take care of birth control (I mean, seriously, why isn’t there a pill for guys yet?), and the guy is just being a guy (see: horny).

Part of it is also because, even though it takes two people to make a baby, time and again teen moms  do more of the childrearing than teen dads. On shows like “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant,” the guys are so glaringly absent, that the message being communicated is that becoming a teen mom also means becoming a single teen mom. And unfortunately, this is actually pretty true. As of 2012, only 1 out of 4 teen fathers lived with their child’s mother at the time their child was born, and only 8 percent of teen dads were married to their child’s mother.

Looking up stats on teen parenthood, you can find plenty of specific numbers on how hard it is for a teen mom to finish college (let alone high school), advance her career path, and get out of the cycle of poverty. Same stats on teen dads? Basically nonexistent. In fact, when you do get stats on teen dads, they usually have to do with teen moms, too. For example, while we don’t have exact numbers, we do know that teen dads, like teen moms, are much less likely to graduate high school. They also tend to make less money than men who wait longer before deciding to become dads.

To top it off, teen dads are more likely to become dads again soon and before they get themselves fully on their own two feet: when they’ve reached their early 20s, about half of teen dads have had a second baby. Lack of stats on teen dads is also tied to lack of resources and help for teen dads, which isn’t fair for any of us. Perhaps if there was more of a cautionary tale about the downsides of becoming a teen dad, more young men would feel the burden of responsibility and think twice before skipping birth control. But then again, you never know, because no one is really asking them.

I do remember being in seventh grade health class, and some teen parents came in to talk to us about not having kids before you’re ready. There were several young women and one young man. I remember being struck by how they all had the same expression: exhaustion. They all told the same stories about how stressed they were and how much they wished they weren’t in this situation. The guy was in the same boat as the girls: he talked about lack of sleep, diapers, not being able to chase his dreams. My teacher remarked about how unusual it was to have a teen dad speak up; I think she might have even said they’d never had a teen dad come to speak at the school before.

+ Read ’10 Things You May Not Know About Teen Pregnancy.

Raising a baby is hard, whether you’re a teen mom or a teen dad. Babies aren’t as constantly adorable and easy as they might look on TV. Kids who are born to older parents in stable relationships are also more likely to do well in life and not repeat a cycle of poverty. Studies have also shown time and again how beneficial dads are when it comes to raising a kid, and how important they are to their child’s well-being. The expectation – perpetuated by TV shows, music, and society generally, is only creating a low standard for teen dad’s to meet. According to ncsl.org, “teen fathers may pay less than $800 a year in child support, compounding financial difficulties for the parent responsible for day to day care. Teen fathers are often poor themselves; research indicates that they are also less educated and experience earning losses of 10 to 15 percent percent annually.”

So what does all this mean? It means it’s time to include dads more in the talk on teen parenthood, and it’s also important that both guys and girls are educated about and dedicated to using birth control, and have easy access to it. While it takes two people to get pregnant, it only takes one to prevent it. You can be that one– be bold and speak up!

Teenage guys need to be held accountable long before they become teenage dads.

Whatever your gender, if you’ve got Q’s about how birth control works, check out It’s Your (Sex) Life to get your answers. Teen parenthood is 100% preventable and you’ve got lots of options.

 Listen Up, Guys — Teen Pregnancy Isn’t Just About Teen Moms 

Reported by MTV Act.

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Today is National Day To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, a day to talk about things like birth control and preventing unwanted pregnancies. It’s also a day where you’ll hear a lot of statistics about teen moms, like how less than half of teen moms ever finish high school, and how many teen moms live well below the poverty line.

But where are all the stats about teen dads?

It takes two to tango, but most of the country and media’s dialogue on the issue of teen parenthood concentrates women. Part of this is because of a (sexist) double standard, where somehow it’s seen as the girl’s sole responsibility to take care of birth control (I mean seriously, why isn’t there a pill for guys yet?) and the guy was just being a guy (see: horny).

Part of it is also because, even though it takes two people to make a baby, time and again teen moms tend to do more of the childrearing than teen dads. Watching shows like “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant,” it seems like the guys are so glaringly absent that part of the norm of becoming a teen mom is also becoming a single teen mom. And unfortunately, this is actually pretty true. As of 2012, only 1 out of 4 teen fathers live with their child’s mother at the time their child is born, and only 8% of teen dads were married to their child’s mother.

Looking up stats on teen parenthood, you can find plenty of specific numbers on how hard it is for a teen mom to finish college (let alone high school), advance her career path, and get out of the cycle of poverty. Same stats on teen dads? Basically nonexistent. In fact, when you do get stats on teen dads, they usually have to do with teen moms, too. For example, while we don’t have exact numbers, we do know that teen dads, like teen moms, are much less likely to graduate high school. They also tend to make less money than men who wait longer before deciding to become dads.

To top it off, teen dads are more likely to become dads again soon and before they get themselves fully on their own two feet: when they’ve reached their early 20s, about half of teen dads have had a second baby. Lack of stats on teen dads is also tied to lack of resources and help for teen dads, which isn’t fair for any of us. Perhaps if there was more of a cautionary tale about the downsides of becoming a teen dad, more young men would feel the burden of responsibility and think twice before skipping birth control. But then again, you never know, because no one is really asking them.

I do remember being in seventh grade health class, and some teen parents came in to talk to us about not having kids before you’re ready. There were several young women and one young man. I remember being struck by how they all had the same expression: exhaustion. They all told the same stories about how stressed they were and how much they wished they weren’t in this situation. The guy was in the same boat as the girls: he talked about lack of sleep, diapers, not being able to chase his dreams. My teacher remarked about how unusual it was to have a teen dad speak up; I think she might have even said they’d never had a teen dad come to speak at the school before.

+ Read 10 Things You May Not Know About Teen Pregnancy.

Raising a baby is hard, whether you’re a teen mom or a teen dad. Babies aren’t as constantly adorable and easy as they might look on TV. Kids who are born to older parents in stable relationships are also more likely to do well in life and not repeat a cycle of poverty. Studies have also shown time and again how beneficial dads are when it comes to raising a kid, and how important they are to their child’s well-being. The expectation – perpetuated by TV shows, music, and society generally, is only creating a low standard for teen dad’s to meet. According to ncsl.org, “teen fathers may pay less than $800 a year in child support, compounding financial difficulties for the parent responsible for day to day care. Teen fathers are often poor themselves; research indicates that they are also less educated and experience earning losses of 10-15% percent annually.”

So what does all this mean? It means it’s time to include dads more in the talk on teen parenthood, and it’s also important that both guys and girls are educated about and dedicated to using birth control, and have easy access to it. While it takes two people to get pregnant, it only takes one to prevent it. You can be that one– be bold and speak up!

Teenage guys need to be held accountable long before they become teenage dads.

Whatever your gender, if you’ve got Q’s about how birth control works, check out It’s Your (Sex) Life to get your answers. Teen parenthood is 100% preventable and you’ve got lots of options.