Last night's season finale of Teen Mom 2 just drove home how depressing these girls' stories are. Not because they involve poverty or drug addiction or excessive leopard print, but because, over the course of the two seasons of the show, it's become increasingly more obvious that beneath all the bad relationships—and even worse hair—we're watching four girls with terrifically low self-esteem. You don't even need to play armchair therapist to see that this is really what's at the core of their problems. Each one of the girls has disturbed the tenuous balance they've achieved in their lives as young mothers by seeking validation in the worst possible way: through men. I'm not trying to slut-shame Leah or Kailyn for cheating on their partners. You know, it'd be one thing if they were sleeping around and having tons of fun. But they are clearly miserable. And they've actually expressly said that they slept with these guys for reasons other than, you know, just getting off. Leah wanted the attention she wasn't getting from her then-fiancé. Kailyn wanted her family back. It's fucking sad.
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