Posted by Prymface on Monday, May 24, 2010
May 5th was National Teenage Pregnancy Prevention day, or was it a whole month? The UK seem to have ignored it anyway. Maybe that's a good thing, I'm not sure how much difference it makes. I guess we'll have to wait 18 months (or however long it takes for figures to come out) to see. And even then we wont really know. It seems that a lot of money is put into projects without much evidence that it makes any difference. In USA Bristol Palin is being paid £30000000* to talk about pausing or something. God know how much is spent on glossy adverts telling you that teen moms are losers. It is hard not to imagine B.P. being asked to 'put on a sad face' for these posters, particularly when her publicity shots show a very different picture. (Ooops, now they have to find even more ways of telling girls being a young mum isn't cool). My favourite advert is actually this one that simply tells old men to leave teenage girls alone! It's a different approach! Over simplified maybe but no worse than the rest in my opinion! It might actually be targeting the right audience...My ex got at least 4 teenage girls pregnant-why no-one is doing research into him I don't know! Very few media messages actually acknowledge that there is life (two lives) after teenage pregnancy and it is actually more beneficial to support young mums than ostrasize them. Great words but the images of desperate, needy girls still dominate these posters...
Anyway, I don't know how effective all these campaigns are in actually reducing teenage pregnancy...One thing I do know though is that there is a stigma about being a young mum or a pregnant teen. This makes life more difficult than it needs to be. It makes it more difficult to be in school or college with your 'peers' when you're pregnant. Your 'peers' who have been indoctrinated with the message that 'only losers get pregnant'. If you are a young mum you know what I mean. You've probably had that look. If you've not been a young mum you've probably even given the look. It's often not meant maliciously but it basically just means we are different to you. You have an opinion of us. You think of the 'loser teen mom' on the posters and you don't really know who she is but you know she is different to you. That pregnant girl in school who you used to be cool with before is suddenly a stranger to you....
I don't think campaigns that portray young mums as 'stupid' help them to stay on at school........and the cost of that can be huge.
*please do not repeat the facts in this post-some are made up for effect!
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