Teen Pregnancy Prevention Ad Featuring Pregnant Boy Sparks Outrage
A new teen pregnancy prevention ad circulating around the Chicago area is garnering much attention.
In an effort to shift the focus from the idea that teenage girls are solely responsible when pregnancy occurs, Chicago’s Department of Public Health chose to feature a shirtless, “pregnant” teen boy as the feature image for the ad.
via News One
Instead of taking a page from New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and slut-shaming teen girls into abstinence, the Chicago Department of Public Health has reframed the conversation to focus on potential teen fathers who — in keeping with the gender double standard in this patriarchal society — tend to dodge the stigma of early parenthood.
At the Windy City’s bus stops and on billboards across the city, the ‘Unexpected’ campaign shows the bodies of teen boys — one Black and one Hispanic — photoshopped to appear pregnant, with the warning:
“Unexpected? Most ten pregnancies are. Use condoms. Or wait.”
We think this ad will definitely get this message across quickly and grab the attention of the public, but what do you think Bossip fam?
Is this ad necessary to get people talking about the role teen boys play in pregnancy? Or did the Chicago Health Department take it too far?