Sixteen year-old Juno MacGuff is the type of girl that beats to her own drummer, and doesn't really care what others may think of her. She learns that she's pregnant from a one-time sexual encounter with her best friend, Paulie Bleeker. Juno and Paulie like each other, but don't consider themselves to be exclusive boyfriend/girlfriend let alone be ready to be a family complete with child. Although she would rather not be pregnant, Juno is fairly realistic about her situation. Paulie really leaves all the decisions about the baby to Juno. Initially she decides that she will have an abortion, but that's something that she ultimately cannot go through with. So she decides to have the baby and give it up for adoption. But first she has to tell her father, Mac, and stepmother, Brenda, that she is pregnant. Although they would have preferred if Juno was on hard drugs or expelled from school, Mac and Brenda too are realistic about Juno's situation. The next step is to find prospective parents for the yet unborn child. In the Penny saver ad section, Juno finds Mark and Vanessa Loring, a yuppie couple living in the suburbs. Juno likes the Lorings, and in some respects has found who looks to be a kindred spirit in Mark, with whom she shares a love of music and horror films. Vanessa is a little more uptight and is the one in the relationship seemingly most eager to have a baby. On her own choosing, Juno enters into a closed rather than open adoption contract with the Lorings - meaning she will have no contact with the baby after she gives it up. During the second and third trimesters of Juno's pregnancy which she treats with care but detachment, Juno's relationships with her family, with Paulie, and with the Lorings develop.
Teen Pregnancy: JUNO
Females have been stereotyped for decades, from the perfect wife to the maid, whatever the role, the media is full of images of females who are typically American looking; although they are from a different ethnicity, desperately thin, with flawless skin. Stereotypes continue to appear in the media today. In 2007, director Jason Reitman, brought to the world a comedy of a teenage pregnancy, the film was entitled Juno. Juno reflects the changing gender issues and social attitudes regarding teenage pregnancy. Since the movie was release, there have been a few TV shows with teen pregnancy as the main theme. ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" in 2008 and MTV's "Sixteen and Pregnant" in 2008 and “Teen Mom” in 2010 are some examples. Twenty years ago, movies and TV shows would not have aired teenage pregnancy issues, for it was seen as a controversy. Juno opens the doors for TV shows and changes the dominant ideology reflecting the change in social attitudes regarding teenage pregnancy and gender roles. Juno tells the story of a teenager, Juno McGruff, who becomes pregnant after a sexual encounter with her friend Paulie Bleeker. She need to decide whether to keep the baby, give it up for adoption, or have an abortion. Juno decides to have the baby and to arrange for adoption. The rest of the movie goes on to telling the story of Juno’s pregnancy, telling her parents that she is pregnant, selecting a family to give her child to, her changing relationship with Paulie, and her daily life and struggles as a pregnant high school student. In the end, the parents in which Juno decided to give her baby to, Mark and Vanessa, end up getting a divorce. Still, Juno decides to give her baby to Vanessa in the end. Here Juno represents the changing gender roles in a big way. Aside from one minor meltdown toward the end of the movie, Juno seems to deal with her unplanned pregnancy in a somewhat cheerful, sarcastic manor. In Juno we see how a teenage pregnancy is seen as something normal, as if it was a simple mistake and that by giving the baby for adoption the mistake goes away. This shows that an unplanned pregnancy, something that would be seen as almost unforgivable and an...
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