BY Natasha Rodriguez
on May 27, 2015
In a recent survey, 68% of teens said they agreed with this statement: The primary reason they don't use birth control or protection is because they're afraid their parents will find out. According to research by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, that’s nearly seven out of ten teens who say they are scared of what their parents might think or say about their sex lives.
Although the teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. is currently lower than it has ever been in the last seventy years, this development is quite worrisome. Read More
BY Laurel Walsh
on Jun 19, 2013
The latest campaign from Chicago’s public health department is really turning heads. With the magic of photo retouching, it features teen boys with pregnant bellies and the tagline: “Unexpected? Most teen pregnancies are. Avoid unplanned pregnancies and STIs. Use condoms. Or wait.”
The ads direct viewers to BeYouBeHealthy.org, a site that helps teens find info on local clinics, teen healthcare rights, and sexuality in general.
As you might expect, not everybody loves the sensational nature of these ads. Read More
On March 3rd, the Human Resources Administration, with the backing of NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s office, released new public service announcements aimed at “hard-hitting facts about the money and time costs of parenting, and the negative consequences of having a child before you are ready.”
What the ads did instead was set off a firestorm of media attention about how the messages are full of racial profiling, negativity and shaming.
Blogger Keli Goff of African American news source The Root claims that the shaming is what makes the campaign so effective. Read More
on Nov 26, 2010
I'm a huge hater on abstinence-based sex ed. I've never been able to fathom why omitting vital, straightforward information about reproduction from young women & men is supposed to be in any way helpful. Opponents of sex ed make it seem like teaching these lesson plans is as steamy as one of my Grandma Jeanne's "bosom heaver" romance novels (with Fabio airbrushed on the cover no less). It's all kinds of messed up to lie to kids, then expect them to make informed choices that will keep them STD free and prevent unplanned pregnancies. Duh. Read More