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New York City’s latest teen pregnancy “prevention”campaign is taking us in the wrong direction–not only in terms of its shame and blame approach and its shameless use of children–but also in terms of direction of causality. The causal claims made about the … Continue reading

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Exhibit A

This ad, which has been widely covered in the news media, is perhaps the most blatant misuse of statistics of all of the ads. Its message that children are less likely to graduate BECAUSE they were born to teen mothers … Continue reading

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Exhibit B

Perhaps this adorable little girl is wondering how many NON-TEEN parents actually marry each other, or perhaps she’s wondering what happened to the rest of this research finding. Here’s the actual research finding: Child Trends Facts at a Glance, 2005 … Continue reading

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Exhibit C

I’ll show this one to my dad, who was 32 when I was born. I suspect he will say, “Yup, that’s true. What the hell does that have to do with being a TEEN parent?” Male bashing aside, this one … Continue reading

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Exhibit D

How did this one pass the “Duh” test during focus group testing for this campaign? Is there actually a teen (or human being) out there that thinks being a parent won’t cost them? A way cooler ad would say: “Want … Continue reading

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Statistics Soup

And finally, the piece de resistance. The number of commas in this ad alone suggests that quite a few conditions apply. This one actually makes me the saddest, because it suggests that all of our teens in NYC have access … Continue reading

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