Judgmental Outsiders

By Shanna, age 18, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Lately I have noticed so many people these days are judgmental of anyone who may become pregnant or have children, particularly if they are under 20 and unmarried. My words to you are to take a look at people's situations before judging someone else's personal decision on why they decided to go through with a pregnancy. Yes, pregnancies are preventable, but in the real world they happen, and once you learn to accept that it is a real thing that can happen to anyone you will live so much longer.

I am speaking from experience, so I know. Please, ladies, let's not be closed-minded. This is a topic I will argue to my death. Making the assumption that you cannot better yourself while raising a child is not the way to think or live. I understand that most people have religious beliefs or other reasons against pregnancy at this age, but using abortions as a way to rid yourself of a pregnancy will slowly destroy your body. And do not think that using condoms or other forms of birth control will always prevent a pregnancy. If you do not want to get pregnant, just be abstinent. Otherwise, remember that you are playing with fire whenever you make the decision to have sex, and the more you play with fire, the more likely you are to get burned.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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