I think it's also targeting the crowd that just thinks it won't happen to them. I think it has to be dramatic to have an impact. I don't know if it's effective, but I'd be curious to find out.
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I was 20 when I had Jace and those kind of ads hurt my feelings and I could see it hurting other actual teen parents' feelings too. Instead of shaming, offer advice as to how their child can be prevented from becoming a statistic. But it's always easier to just shame someone or just offer the quick, "Oh I'll pray for you." Gee, thanks.
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Same with those who don't think it will happen to them. I do think you need to scare them. Its your last ditch hope on someone who thinks they are (almost) invincible.
Do I feel bad that some people will get hurt feelings? yes, i would get no enjoyment out of that. But if it in turn means a generation from now there are less feelings to get hurt about the situation, seems like it would be a move in the right direction.
I could see wording some of them differently. Like the "I'm twice as likely to not graduate high school because you had me as a teen" Maybe it could have send "If you have me" to not sounds as accusatory.
But really the big baby faces, the personalization by making it come from a baby...which usually tugs at us emotionally. I feel like it could be really effective.
And really, those teen moms who feel hurt by this or previously teen moms who are now adults....would they really object to it if they found out it was helping? I guess some always would...but I think a lot, wouldn't. ETA: I have a hard time picturing someone saying "Well okay it may be working, but it hurts my feelings"
I have a niece that I would love to slap up side the head with these ads. She really doesnt think parenting would be that hard, and that her and boyfriend of the week would be just fine parents. Never mind that she is in college full time and hasnt ever really had a real job, and boyfriend of the week (Ian I think) works part time as the shirtless guy at abercrombie. All she can talk about is how fun babies are, babies are so cute, babies smell good, I cant wait to dress my baby and pick a nursery out for my baby. It really drives me crazy. My sister sent her here last summer for a month to "help" me, I think it helped a little. But a 2 year old and a 5 year old are really fun. And when you are not the one paying for them it is even more fun.
Not sure how many girls this will help, and I do feel bad if teen moms do feel shame. But this might be bold enough to really make people think
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I guess I'm not overly convinced that social stigma will actually reduce the teen pregnancy rate, tbh. If you look at the states that have the highest teen pregnancy rates, they tend to also be the most religious states, where presumably there already IS a big stigma against pre-marital sex, and the messages that these kids are probably getting both at home and in church, and in their abstinence only school sex Ed is "don't do it!!!" I figure if all of that stigma doesn't stop the kids, a public shaming campaign probably won't either.