Home
Advice

Comics

Animation

Goodies

Big To Do
MORE...
About Us

Archive
“Saving Love Lives The World Over!” e-mail e-mail to a friend in need

January 28, 2010

The “horror” of teen pregnancy?

Filed under: News,pop culture — posted by Breakup Girl @ 11:24 am

Over the past few weeks, Milwaukee teens have seen and and heard promo after promo for the horror film 2028. There’s blood, screaming, creepy lighting, gravelly voice-over, the works. Over time, though, it became clear that these weren’t trailers for a movie, they were trailers for YOUR LIFE. Your life, that is, if you’re young and knocked up. While the first round of previews ended with “in theaters January,”  subsequent edits closed on the following message: “Get pregnant as a teen and the next 18 years could be the hardest of your life.” Then, a Web address flashes on screen: BabyCanWait.com. Oh, snap!

According to Broadsheet, this is just one of at least 15 anti-teen pregnancy campaigns presented by the United Way’s Healthy Girls program in Milwaukee. “Past print ads included images of teen boys with pregnant bellies and a baby diaper with a brown “scratch-‘n’-sniff” spot. The ads’ creator says the aim is to offer a contrast to high-profile young mothers like Jamie Lynn Spears and “deglamorize” teen pregnancy…and credits the decline in the state’s teen pregnancy rate in part to their “aggressive and provocative” approach.” Note: BabyCanWait.com provides information about contraception and STD’s. This is not an abstinence-only campaign.

But, as Broadsheet’s Tracy Clark-Flory asks, “Are these shock-and-awe tactics the best way to reach kids?” While I sympathize with the goal, and appreciate the clear and creative commitment to it, something about the trailer didn’t sit well with me.

For one thing, horror movies are “glamorous,” too. (Older) teens — and women — like Saw, say. Not saying it’s aspirational, but the genre itself is seen as a double-dog-dare lark, not a cautionary tale about (say) losing your virginity at summer ca — REE! REE! REE! You know? So there’s that.

There’s also something about it that contributes to an ugly stigma. Teen mothers as screaming bloody victims. The baby as some sort of evil spawn. Or something like that. Ick. Not helpful.

Finally, I don’t think kids are running around getting (people) pregnant because Bristol and Jamie Lynn made it look so, like, cute. Or even just because ADULTS ARE LYING TO THEM ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL, which they are. There are so many naive, misguided, melancholy, ironic reasons that teens want to get pregnant, be parents. They’ve seen their sisters and brothers and friends do it. And it’s hard hard hard. But — based on what’s become normal to them — it’s not a horrorshow. I’m not sure you can convince them it is in a one-minute trailer when the rest of their life says otherwise.

See for yourself. What do you think?

10 Comments »

  1. Hi there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give
    a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading through your posts.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with
    the same topics? Thanks a ton!

    Comment by apple chief operating — August 4, 2017 @ 9:29 pm

  2. Thanks in favor of sharing such a fastidious opinion, post
    is nice, thats why i have read it completely

    Comment by Shellie — August 8, 2017 @ 6:42 pm

  3. What a data of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable familiarity regarding
    unpredicted emotions.

    Comment by 0rz.tw — August 9, 2017 @ 5:48 pm

  4. It’s hard to find educated people for this subject, however,
    you seem like you know what you’re talking about!
    Thanks

    Comment by pujcovna.lunix.cz — August 14, 2017 @ 2:07 pm

  5. Hi, just wanted to mention, I enjoyed this article. It was inspiring.
    Keep on posting!

    Comment by Mikel — August 14, 2017 @ 10:29 pm

  6. What’s up colleagues, how is everything, and
    what you want to say regarding this paragraph, in my view its truly remarkable for
    me.

    Comment by James Frazer Mann — August 17, 2017 @ 8:22 pm

  7. My brother recommended I might like this web site.
    He was entirely right. This post truly made my day.
    You cann’t imagine just how much time I had spent for this
    info! Thanks!

    Comment by mengatasi anak susah makan sayur — August 19, 2017 @ 3:50 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment

**Mean or otherwise out-of-line comments will be deleted. That’s just how we roll.

[breakupgirl.net]

blog | advice | comics | animation | goodies | to do | archive | about us

Breakup Girl created by Lynn Harris & Chris Kalb
© 2008 Just Friends Productions, Inc.
| privacy policy
Cool Aid!

Important Breakup Girl Maxim:
Breakup Girl Sez

MORE COMICS...

Powered by WordPress