FINALLY, Ad Campaign To Prevent Unplanned Pregnancies Directed at Males

This weeks topic from Tracey is centered around The Office of Adolescent and School Health in the Chicago Department of Public Health (Chicago DPH) advertising campaign that features photos of young men who look very pregnant.  CNN corresponders stated that Milwaukee did a similar campaign which claim resulted in fewer teen pregnancies.


BRAVO, Milwaukee and Chicago!

It’s about time the issue of unplanned pregnancies focus on the male population as well.  By not directing the issue at males as well places all the responsibility on the female and none on the male.  It takes TWO to TANGO!  

More states need to direct the message at male populations as well, it IS 2013 is it not? Men need to ‘step up’ and understand that this is their issue as well.  How easy it has been to put the blame entirely on the female when it comes to unplanned pregnancies!

The dialogue needs to be directed at males. One questioned whether or not the ads showing the young men with their shirts off, and at least 6 months pregnant would help.  I say it certainly isn’t going to hurt.

The media also labeled the ads as ‘controversial’.  I see nothing controversial about it. What I see is a more inclusive and realistic way of communicating the problems of unplanned pregnancies.  How can I say ‘realistic’ you may ask?  Well, a pregnant female didn’t get that way on her own.  The last time I checked,  it is impossible for a female to conceive by masturbation, so yes, it takes two.

Just because females are biologically different,  and are able to carry a child, doesn’t mean the male isn’t equally responsible as well.  He is pregnant too!  

In the political realm, you always hear of welfare recipients who mostly consist of women and children, but RARELY do you hear of the problem of absentee fathers or fathers who do not pay child support.  Why is that?  

While politicians and citizens beat up on the most vulnerable population, i.e. women and children living in poverty and receiving welfare, the issue of absent fathers who do not pay their court ordered child support goes without inclusion in this hot button national debate.  Why is that?

Sure, there are laws that threaten men who do not pay child support, some are even classified as felonies.  However, if a law is not ENFORCED, it does nobody any good, except for the guilty who are not upholding court orders.

The majority of people in the US are under the false impression that if a father does not pay child support, they automatically go to jail.  This is a false assumption. 

In the next political campaigns, lets speak more about that instead of bashing the mother who is doing her best with what she has to work with, and continue the discussion of the role that men play in the problem of welfare.  Let’s make sure they are being held accountable for the lives they create.  A law is not worth the paper it’s written on if it’s not ENFORCED.

So there are ads that are targeting young men about unplanned pregnancies. I ask, what has taken so long? The only ‘controversy’ I see is that in this debate, the issue of what role men play in unplanned pregnancies and their corresponding consequences has been ONE sided for far too long.  That’s where the REAL controversy lies.

Let’s see what my comrades have to say about this topic.

Froggie (Tracey): One frog’s distinct voice on the world around her.

Merry Land Girl (Melissa): Tales of a suburban mom who likes to talk about pop culture, books, Judaism, family, friendship and anything else that comes to mind.

Momarock (Sara): A Mom on the run




3 thoughts on “FINALLY, Ad Campaign To Prevent Unplanned Pregnancies Directed at Males

  1. coversaralea says:

    Very well said, my friend! Teen pregnancy has always been seen as the female’s dilemma, and the young men are always seen as absentee, and no one bats at eye. It’s “just the way it is”. I don’t think it should be that way, because as you said, it takes two to tango!

  2. The men (it’s a stretch to call them that) get off completely free of scrutiny while the female takes all the blows the rest of society has to deal out to her. Completely adding insult to injury. I love these ads, and I wish the other 48 states would adopt the same ad campaign and open the dialogue to include males equally to females.

  3. Very interesting about how one-sided things are. Hope these ads are a wake-up call in general.

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