Scared Straight: The Teen Pregnancy Edition
(WARNING: Video contains graphic images)
I think it's great that the British kids who came up with the concept for the above video were committed to a teen pregnancy PSA that wasn't preachy.
Too bad the end result is problematic for other reasons.
Reason #1: So...the big downside of teen pregnancy is that you might have to deliver on a field surrounded by taunting classmates? Nothing about possible lost educational or future professional opportunities, the economic realities of parenthood, adult responsibilities...nothing?
Reason #2: The video fails to show how the pregnancy impacts the (presumably) teen father's life. Remember him? You know, the guy who provided the sperm to make the baby sliding from the loins of the traumatized teenaged girl on the field?
Reason #3: Yes, kids should be made aware of the reality of childbirth, and yes, childbirth is painful and intense. But that's not all it is. Labor and delivery take place in a variety of settings, under a variety of conditions, and many women's experiences are, ultimately, warm, happy occasions. Way to promote childbirth=horror to the kids! Are they supposed to think it's like this for every woman, or just teen girls?
Thumbs up to the public health officials for giving the kids a leadership stake in this effort.
Thumbs down to those same officials for not asserting more editorial control.
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