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Teen Pregnancy: “Disturbing”?

January 14th, 2008     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

I’m wondering how readers feel about these ads put together by One Milwaukee (“a city-wide initiative to help bridge the gap between the have and the haves-not [sic],”) a group aiming to raise awareness around teen pregnancy, among other issues.

Personally, I don’t appreciate the blanket implication that teen pregnancy is “disturbing,” nor do I appreciate the notion that it’s always a burden that taxpayers have to carry (see copy below.) Finally, I don’t like perpetuating this idea that if boys got pregnant, then socially we’d suddenly care about the issue.


(The copy on the ad reads: Milwaukee has one of the highest teen birth rates in America, and it’s a burden the rest of us end up carrying, through higher taxes for healthcare, education and other services teen mothers can’t afford. So get beyond disturbed. Get involved at

Tags: body politics, media savvy

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