But people and places aren’t always what you think, sometimes surprising me unpleasantly. If there’s one issue that’s dear to my heart and my experience is that of teen parenthood and that support is needed not shaming.
New York has failed miserably with a new ad campaign presumably to scare kids out of falling pregnant. Which in itself is laughable considering the miniscule proportion of teen pregnancies that are planned.
I’ve mentioned before that being a parent as a teen is no easy task. Being a parent full stop is not easy and I can tell you the thing that has the most impact on the difficulty of being a teen parent is the weight of others judgement and being shamed instead of supported. Make no mistake a campaign like this one won’t make teenagers be more careful or make teen parenthood any less attractive, because it’s not attractive, all it does is wound existing young parents who need help not harassment.
I wonder how much help they could have had if the Mayor had spent $400,000 helping them instead of shaming them?
I’m so disappointed that people think emotional blackmail is the way to
change peoples lives. I’m so disappointed New York I thought you were
better than that, clearly I was naive.