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Posts tagged "teen pregnancy"

mediamattersforamerica:

WATCH: Bill O’Reilly’s Attacks On Black Culture

Bill O’Reilly really does consider himself the authority on what’s best for black Americans.

Bill O’Reilly is absolutely the worst. In case you were wondering what I spend my days doing (I work here!) check out this compilation of O’Reilly’s worst on black culture.

Last week somebody asked for resources on this topic, so I’ve been collecting response and doing some research on it myself.

I’ll be posting what I’ve found in a round-up type post soon, so if you have any additional programs (local or national) that you think are great please reply to this post or submit them! I’d love to hear from you! 

Unwed white girls who became pregnant in the postwar years were considered psychologically disturbed but treatable, whereas their black counterparts were presumed to be biologically hypersexual and deviant. Historian Rickie Solinger demonstrates that in the 1950s an unwed white girl who became pregnant could go to a maternity home before her pregnancy showed, deliver the baby and give it up for adoption, and return home to her community with no one the wiser. (White parents concocted stories of their daughters being given the opportunity to study for a semester with relatives.) She could then resume the role of the “nice” girl.

Unwed pregnant black girls, on the other hand, were barred from maternity homes; they were threatened with jail or termination of welfare; and they were accused of using their sexuality in order to be eligible for larger welfare checks. Politicians regarded unwed pregnant black girls as a societal problem, declaring—as they continue to declare today—that they did not want taxpayers to support black illegitimate babies, and sough to control black female sexuality through sterilization legislation
Leora Tanenbaum, Slut!: Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation (via cailleachmuir)

(via evrydayfeminism)

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MUST SEE: A Teen Pregnancy PSA That Goes Where No Campaign Has Gone Before

For those of us who are tired of teen pregnancy PSAs that forget it takes two to make a baby. See more at the source.

Hm…. I’m wondering what are everyone else’s thoughts on this one? Definitely something different.

(via impactoflove)

The modern ‘epidemics’ of teen pregnancy and obesity can be understood as a modern manifestation of these sorts of anxieties about the ‘contagion’ of working class and poor communities, about “unregulated” female sexuality. Many sociologists have used the idea of “moral panic” to describe how society’s wider anxieties (about criminals, communities of color, the poor, immigrants, etc.) are framed as threatening to the social order, and transformed into hostility and volatility.

I don’t mean to imply that teen pregnancy is necessarily good for young women, or that there aren’t health outcomes of obesity (although the data has been surprising – with a recent analysis suggesting that being overweight might be actually associated with a lower risk of death). What I would like to argue is that since these “epidemics” – and these campaigns – disproportionately break down across class and race lines, these ‘shame and blame’ posters in fact serve to throw a cloak of moral legitimacy upon race and class panic.

The panic here is clear: marginalized bodies are out of control, unable to care for themselves or their children. Self-control (regarding sexuality, regarding food), so valued a Puritanical American ideal, is disintegrating, and a disintegration of the social fabric is sure to follow.

Public health campaigns which rely on shame rather than empowerment, which cast individual blame rather than crafting collective solutions, which target marginalized bodies rather than corporate entities like the food production and distribution industry, can be seen as symptoms of wider social ills: racist and classist public control disguised as public health.

This is why Sayantani DasGupta remains one of my favorite thinkers/writers. This post on the New York City’s “shame-and-blame” teen pregnancy and anti-obesity campaigns dig deep into the racism and classism of the city’s efforts. Check out the rest of the post on the R today! (via racialicious)

onecondoms:

Hey ONE Condoms aficionados. Today is Friday and that means it’s time for our weekly Links Roundup. At ONE we are committed to bringing you the most up to date information with everything regarding safe sex, sex education, condom use, and condom fashion.

So without further ado, listed are…