'16 and Pregnant' Recap: Lindsey Needs to Stop Whining

Sometimes there are certain 16 and Pregnant cliches that get old -- the deadbeat teenage dad, the angry grandmother-to-be (usually a single mom), leaving school. Lindsey's episode is no different, but in her case, it finally kind of reached a tipping point.

Lindsey's interests are certainly no cliche. She wants to be a professional cage fighter (huh?) but the originality ends there.

Lindsey's predicament is nothing new. She was in an immature, on-again and off-again relationship with the father of her baby who wasn't ready to be a dad.


Despite her mother, her boyfriend, and just about everyone urging her not to have the baby, Lindsey went against the things they said. She has her daughter (Aniya) who is lovely and precious and perfect. But instead of being happy, all Lindsey does is whine.

She whines about how hard it is to not be a cage fighter. She whines that her boyfriend -- a boy who never wanted the baby in the first place -- isn't working overtime (or at all) to support the baby, and she whines that her mother doesn't do enough.

The problem is, Lindsey made all these choices herself. She could have chosen adoption or terminated the pregnancy. She chose to go through with a pregnancy against the wishes of her boyfriend and mother and then she whines when they don't "step up"?

I don't think so.

Women and girls need to take more responsibility for their choices. If a man says he doesn't want to be involved with a baby, believe him. Don't make a choice against his wishes and then whine when he doesn't act like he wanted it along. Ladies, we can't have it both ways. We can't be strong and independent and make our own choices and then also expect a man to act exactly the way we want him to.

"It takes two to tango," indeed. But the choices made after the "tango" were all Lindsey's. The fact that her boyfriend is even agreeing to anything is pretty remarkable.

Hopefully as her baby grows, she takes more responsibility for her own choices and stops expecting others to step up and take care of the decisions she made.

Do you think Lindsey was too whiny?


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