CONTEXT | #Noteenpreg

I could not help but notice the current trend in advertising around New York City in regards to teen pregnancy. It is infuriating to read these ads as a female since the captions, more often than not, focus on women as the perpetrators of teen pregnancy. 

Bloomberg came out with a series of ads a few months ago — juxtaposing crying babies next to slogans like: “Honestly mom… chances are he won’t stay with you. What happens to me?” I constantly see these posters on the subway that blatantly attack single and teen mothers who, regardless of their past choices and circumstances, are striving to support themselves and their children. I believe that these mothers are the ones who can benefit tremendously from physical and emotional support.

These tasteless ads and insensitive hashtags anger me on a personal level because my mother has raised me all by herself since I was six years old. She has never complained once about the man who won’t stay with her or the hardships she had to face raising two kids by herself. My mother, who grew up with nothing during the Vietnam War, fought hard for my brother and I to move to America and to have a good education, yet she is not once acknowledged for her achievement. She and many women like her do not need politicians and advertising agencies to question their ability to raise children or to fend for themselves. She, like many other women, does not depend on a single male figure to support them emotionally and financially. 

I understand that some people will bring up 16 and Pregnant as an example of “teen pregnancy goes wrong,” but in looking at this show, we need to be more critical of our judgement since reality shows on MTV need scandals to stay on the air. If we want to include 16 and Pregnant  in the conversation, we also need to include the untold stories of women who balance their career and their children without the support of a male figure. 

In saying all of this, I do not think that being a single or teen mother is easy nor do I advocate for the rise in teen pregnancy. What I do advocate for is a more sensitive way in talking about and dealing with the situation. Hashtags like #Noteenpreg won’t cut it since grammar and syntax are still important in communication; and abbreviating pregnancy with “preg” is just insensitive. Statistics like 98% of teen parents don’t marry each other do not cut it either because pregnancy can happen for many reasons. (Truly, rape victims cannot shut down their reproductive system like Representative Todd Akin has boasted.) 

I am not writing this post to specifically attack The Candies Foundation or Bloomberg; I am writing it to give another voice to the issue. If the government and foundations honestly want to hear about teen pregnancy, please talk to the children who are raised by single and teen mothers. We are here, and we are ready to speak up. 


CONTEXT | #Noteenpreg

I could not help but notice the current trend in advertising around New York City in regards to teen pregnancy. It is infuriating to read these ads as a female since the captions, more often than not, focus on women as the perpetrators of teen pregnancy. 

Bloomberg came out with a series of ads a few months ago — juxtaposing crying babies next to slogans like: “Honestly mom… chances are he won’t stay with you. What happens to me?” I constantly see these posters on the subway that blatantly attack single and teen mothers who, regardless of their past choices and circumstances, are striving to support themselves and their children. I believe that these mothers are the ones who can benefit tremendously from physical and emotional support.

These tasteless ads and insensitive hashtags anger me on a personal level because my mother has raised me all by herself since I was six years old. She has never complained once about the man who won’t stay with her or the hardships she had to face raising two kids by herself. My mother, who grew up with nothing during the Vietnam War, fought hard for my brother and I to move to America and to have a good education, yet she is not once acknowledged for her achievement. She and many women like her do not need politicians and advertising agencies to question their ability to raise children or to fend for themselves. She, like many other women, does not depend on a single male figure to support them emotionally and financially. 

I understand that some people will bring up 16 and Pregnant as an example of “teen pregnancy goes wrong,” but in looking at this show, we need to be more critical of our judgement since reality shows on MTV need scandals to stay on the air. If we want to include 16 and Pregnant  in the conversation, we also need to include the untold stories of women who balance their career and their children without the support of a male figure. 

In saying all of this, I do not think that being a single or teen mother is easy nor do I advocate for the rise in teen pregnancy. What I do advocate for is a more sensitive way in talking about and dealing with the situation. Hashtags like #Noteenpreg won’t cut it since grammar and syntax are still important in communication; and abbreviating pregnancy with “preg” is just insensitive. Statistics like 98% of teen parents don’t marry each other do not cut it either because pregnancy can happen for many reasons. (Truly, rape victims cannot shut down their reproductive system like Representative Todd Akin has boasted.) 

I am not writing this post to specifically attack The Candies Foundation or Bloomberg; I am writing it to give another voice to the issue. If the government and foundations honestly want to hear about teen pregnancy, please talk to the children who are raised by single and teen mothers. We are here, and we are ready to speak up. 


Posted on May 2nd, 2013 at 11:08 pm with 19 notes
Tagged as: #noteenpreg #Bloomberg #Advertising #Women #Teen pregnancy #Single mother #Candies Foundation #Insensitive
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