Unwed Parenthood Message Should Not Be For Teenagers Only

New York Mayor Bloomberg has just lost the first round of the "large sugary drink debate".
Among the points the Judge made in his ruling was, it was not aimed at all eating establishments, just those run by the city.
Also,the law does not encompass other large drinks, like milkshakes.

While I agree this was over-reaching, and not easily enforceable,because the sugar jonesing customer could simply order two regular sized drinks to satisfy that need for a sugar fix.

I do believe the Mayor means well, although opponents think he's trying to turn NY into a "nanny state".

Great choice of words, because the latest campaign is aimed at teenage girls to prevent unwed pregnancies.

The distractors are saying "stop shaming these girls".

I disagree, if having an unwanted, unplanned pregnancy while still in high school or even junior high is not shame enough, a billboard won't do it.

There was a time when this was not only a shame, it was a crying shame.

The ads are quoting the stats as they relate to the future of the baby born to teen parents.
The chances of drug and alcohol abuse, exposure to domestic violence, and a greater chance of run-ins with law enforcement were cited.
Perpetuating the legacy of teenage mothers in the family, was not stated.
I included it.

And please note I said the future of babies born to teen PARENTS.

That's where I think the campaign falls short.
There is absolutely no mention of the fathers of these children.
These babies did not get here through osmosis, there was a teenage father in the intial picture.
So let's keep him there.
If consequences and attention were placed on the boys, who impregnate lot's of girls, like so many roaming bees to honey, this campaign could be successful.

With Hollywood stars and non talented reality show attention grabbers, proudly showing off their unwed baby bumps, the message to teenage girls get skewered.

That's the issue, having a baby without marriage should be seen as not a wise decision, even when you can afford it.
The consequences to the child remains the same.

The campaign should include all unwed parents, not just teenage girls.

Ah, for the good old days, when it was..... a shame.

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  • BOOMER I MUST AGREE WITH YOU. I BEING A YOUNG SINGLE TEEN PARENT WAS A HARD JOB IF I HAD TO DO IT OVER AGAIN I WOULD HAVE. I WAS TAUGHT BETTER AND NEW BETTER. I PROUDLY CAN SAY I CAME FROM PARENTS MARRIED 53 YEARS!! SO I HAD TO FACE THE CONSEQUENCES OF BEING A SINGLE PARENT. TODAY I TRY TO ENCOURAGE TO YOUTH MARRIAGE IS GOOD THERE'S ENOUGH BABY MAMA'S AND DADDY'S!! OK

  • NeeNee it's me, And I know about your parent's (my fav cuz) long time marriage, what a blessing.
    As with all life's twists and turns, we learn and keep on going.
    Thanks for reading and commenting.

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