16-Year-Old Courtney Stodden Isn’t Ready For Kids — No Really

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The teenage bride was only recently married to her 51-year-old husband Doug Hutchison, but already questions have surfaced as to when the minor will become a mother. Courtney’s own mother quelled these questions by going to US Magazine with the proclamation that her daughter is on birth control for the time being because she wants to focus on her career.

Ms. Krista Stodden is quoted in the publication as saying:

“She’s on birth control because she would prefer to wait for children. I think Doug would love to have children, but Courtney wants to wait a few years… [She] “wants to work on her career,” her mom explained, adding: “If something happens, we do not believe in abortion. So if God blesses them, that would be okay, but they’re not trying for a baby now.”

I suppose we should all feel relieved that the underage newlywed is putting some adult milestones on hold, but “a few years” means that Courtney will only be 19 or 20 when she starts a family. It’s very worrisome to me that throughout the narrative of this teenage bride/51-year-old husband story, what we’ve really given the public license to do is discuss the sexuality of teenage girl — but not without prompting.

Courtney’s own parents made sure to kick off that conversation by discussing their daughter’s abstinence prior to her marriage, practically handing the topic of their daughter’s sexuality to audiences to salivate over. And from virginity to birth control, her parents don’t seem to have missed a beat in using their daughter’s sexuality as a major selling point.