Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sex & Birth Control, Like Horse & Carriage: Media

Media outlets are teaming up with celebrities to encourage teenagers to have sex and use birth control, by touting Bedsider, an organization associated with Planned Parenthood, which is sponsoring “Shout Out for Birth Control Day” with a website enabling “Thanks, Birth Control” electronic postcards.

Meanwhile, the ACLU media campaign says "Hey girl, it’s your vagina and you should be able to do what you want with it."

For background, read Planned Parenthood's Sexual Assault on Kids and also read Planned Parenthood Lures Teen clients via Texting

In addition, read Teenage Girls Need More Risk-free Sex, Doctors Say and also read Sex App for Teens Pushed by Univ. of Oregon as well as Lower Birth Rate Saves Taxpayers, Says White House

-- From "Sex and Birth Control: Teens Can't Have One Without the Other" by Amelia Miller, Huffington Post 11/12/13

When I was a member of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy's Youth Leadership Team, we spent a lot of time helping the organization figure out compelling ways to educate teens about how to avoid an unplanned pregnancy. One of the big messages is to "stay teen," that is, not to get burdened with grown-up responsibilities during our formative teenage years. Unfortunately a lot of us aren't having that much fun anyway these days, but . . . [it's] easier than having a baby.

Once teens have made the "real decision," the next decision should be easy: if you're going to have sex, you're going to do it responsibly, and information about -- and access to -- contraception shouldn't be hard to get. . . . Planned Parenthood's site is terrific, as is, the National Campaign's birth control resource site.

To read the entire opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

From "Media Celebrate Planned Parenthood-Backed 'Shout Out For Birth Control Day'" by Katie Yoder, 11/12/13

Bedsider, a project of the non-profit The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, is a self-described “online birth control support network for women 18-29.”

The postcards focused on – what else? – self-obsession:
    “Nine months from now the only thing I’m expecting is to be more awesome”
    “Danced all night. Slept all day. Had wild, swing-from-the-chandeliers, baby-free sex.”
     “The only thing I worry about after sex is how soon can we do it again.”
    “All my play dates are adults-only.”
    “We can go to Paris, drink champagne, and never have to ask, ‘Do you sell pregnancy tests?’ in French”
    “Doing the 9-to-5 thing for my career before I do the 24/7 thing for a baby.”
    “Rocked a 4.0 because the only thing that kept me up at night was studying. (And maybe some sex.)”
Cosmopolitan Magazine, MarieClaire, MTV, Dr. Drew Pinsky, reality star Angela Simmons as well as actresses Ricki Lake and Cassie Steele have all enlisted to push the campaign. Cosmo’s Liz Plosser gushed, “Celebs, politicians, high-profile leaders – and hopefully you!– are tweeting and Instagramming about the positive effect contraception has had for them on November 12, the first annual Shout Out for Birth Control Day.” She explained, “Think: the freedom to enjoy worry-free sex, pursue a rewarding career, or manage your endometriosis.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Using Humor to Talk About Birth Control" by Tanzina Vega, New York Times 11/10/13

. . . “We Get You,” promotes, a website that offers information on birth control. The campaign is aimed at African-American women 18 to 29 years old and was created in conjunction with BET Networks, the Ad Council, the advertising agency Havas Worldwide and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, the organization that created The campaign will make its debut on Nov. 20 on the BET television network and online.

The series of short videos relies on a heavy dose of humor to get the point across. In one, a mother enters the bathroom where her daughter is brushing her teeth. “Honey?” says the mother in a sweet tone, “It’s time to talk about your vagina.” Visibly uncomfortable, the daughter stops brushing her teeth and stares into the bathroom mirror as her mother places a pamphlet bearing the title “Your Vagina and You” in front of her.

The campaign “uses humor as opposed to lecturing our young people,” said Debra Lee, the chairwoman and chief executive of BET Networks. “It gives them the benefit of the doubt and lets them know they are smart.”

. . . In that series, the ads featured couples engaging in awkward sexual moments like a woman spraying too much whipped cream on her partner and a man sneezing on his partner’s stomach as he prepared to perform oral sex. “You didn’t give up on sex,” says the ad. “Don’t give up on birth control either.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

For background, read Minorities Targeted by Planned Parenthood for Abortion

Also read American Trend: Fewer Children, More Animals/Pets as well as Sex on the Rise, Procreation in Decline

In addition, read Women Who Give Birth Live Longer and Healthier