Don’t Throw Out The Baby With The Bathwater

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Department of Mixed-Up Messages:

Change the world. . . NOT diapers: Carly Rae Jepsen stars in teen pregnancy prevention campaign for Candie’s

Wednesday is National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, and Carly Rae Jepsen is celebrating by spreading the word about the cause.

The 27-year-old Call Me Maybe singer has taken to Twitter and Facebook to share the Candie’s Foundation’s initiative, which aims to educate America’s youth about the negative consequences of teenage pregnancy.

As part of the cause, Miss Jepsen – who has been the face of the brand since January – has taken a starring role in a new public service announcement aimed at young girls.

The advertisement, which shows Miss Jepsen in a heart-shaped cutout coral look, reads: ‘You’re supposed to be changing the world. . . not changing diapers.’

According to the organization, over 750,000 teens will become pregnant this year – that’s more than 2,000 girls a single day.

This is one of those cases where I support the cause but not the message. The message to teen girls should be “not yet” rather than “not ever”. Besides, who ever said moms can’t change the world too?

I do want to question that statistic because “teen” includes young women who are 18 and 19 years old. My first wife was 18 when my son was born and she wasn’t pregnant when we got married. Would she have been included in that statistic?

Just asking.

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86 Responses to Don’t Throw Out The Baby With The Bathwater

  1. tpcelt says:

    I miss the days when older teens were referred to as young men and young women.

  2. Somebody says:

    I agree 18 and 19 shouldn’t be included in teen pregnancy, at that age they are consenting adults.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Advocates like to pad stats to get attention. Gun control advocates include suicides and justifiable homicides in gun deaths. Anti-rape advocates include things in their definition of “sexual assault” that don’t meet the legal definition of rape.

      BTW – How many of that 750,000 stat are from nations where 15 and 16 year olds getting married is commonplace?

  3. HELENK says:

    I too can understand not wanting teenagers to get pregnant. It is life changing. Waiting until you are old enough and in a position to give a child a decent life is not a bad thing and can be a good life change.
    I believe birth control is a good thing. But because it is now legal and available does not mean that indiscriminate sex is a good thing for young girls.
    We seem to expect them to be grown up at 13. they are not. We seem to be cheapening values and that is not a good thing. What a confusing time to be a teenager. I really do not envy them

  4. myiq2xu says:
  5. yttik says:

    Yeah, this ad campaign is annoying as all hell. I’m also sick and tired of teen pregnancy being perceived as the worse thing in the world. No, the worse thing in the world would be to have your daughter tell you she’s dropping out of school, converting to Islam, and marrying a wannabee jihadist. That would really suck.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Super OT: I just booked my hotel room at the Smart Girl Politics Convention thingy in Indy this August. Woot ! I refuse to be uninspired, also got my Armed and Fabulous shootin’ range (for noobs, they provide a bus to the range and GUNS) reservation approved that weekend. Squeee!

    I did Kos in Chicago 07, this is my next *adventure* in Politics 202.

    • Karma says:

      Sounds like fun! Looking forward to hearing all about it.

    • Jadzia says:

      Post all about it! Because of a case that I am working on (it is one that nobody here would approve of, but that’s not really the point), I am terrified being out here in the country, with no law enforcement anywhere nearby, particularly when X goes out of town. Fortunately, I stumbled across the local gun club a few weeks ago (literally — I was lucky not to have walked into the middle of the range), which is sort of bizarrely located right next to the horse farm where my first-grader was having his end-of-horseback-riding course “spectacle” for all the parents. (They were all dressed up as little medieval knights, even the girls. It was ridiculously cute, while at the same time providing yet another Fellini-esque moment in this immigration adventure.) Although X disagrees about the legitimacy of my fear, I would really like to go in and get some training.

  7. myiq2xu says:

    This is a real earworm song:

  8. myiq2xu says:

    OH SHIT!!!

    My oldest got accepted to law school.


    Should I disown him or just slap the shit out of him?

    • HELENK says:

      pat him on the back and buy him a drink.
      you have to be so proud

    • HELENK says:

      you did good

    • votermom says:


    • Somebody says:

      That’s awesome! Does he have a plan for paying for law school? If not I have a suggestion. Tell him to check out the DHS grant for grad school. They will give you a grant of up to $46,000 for certain majors and law is one of them…….BUT you have to do a 10 week internship. I can’t remember the exact number they award, but I know it’s a limited number.

      So what law school is he going to? My niece starts law school next fall at Chapman. Does he have any idea what kind of law he wants to practice?

    • HELENK says:

      for you and your son

    • Karma says:

      Awww….following in Dad’s footsteps. That says a lot right there.


      • myiq2xu says:

        I am aghast. I feel like Don Corleone must have felt when he found out Michael killed Sollozzo.

        • Jadzia says:

          Congratulations… but: Just make sure he knows about the *real* employment stats before he commits. Law schools simply lie about these things. (I should know: before we moved a large part of my law school job was to publicize its placement statistics, which struck me as very disconnected from the reality of what I was hearing from 3rd year students and recent grads.) There was an excellent blog by a tenured law professor at U Colorado that primarily dealt with this issue: I realize that the title of the blog sounds a bit tinfoily, but this professor is legitimate and respected by many (I was actually a fan of his academic work long before he started the blog). He stopped writing the blog in February, but left the archive up. Please don’t think I am trying to be a wet blanket, but it breaks my heart seeing so many new grads with no prospects and big, nondischargeable loans. (I’m sure Angie could weigh in on the loan issue in a much more informed manner than could I.) If I knew then what I know now, I probably would not have gone to law school.

          That said, it is an achievement to have been admitted, and I congratulate you and your son for his brains and hard work. You both done good.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Woot! Congrats!

    • myiq2xu says:

      This video was part of one of the best career-launches ever:

      In less than 4 minutes she made people forget all about the Mickey Mouse Club. Then she followed it up with a Rolling Stone cover and layout.

      She was 17 then. She’s still only 31 now.

      • Jadzia says:

        And to continue the wet blanket theme: what happened to her breaks my heart. She essentially lost her children and is still under a legal conservatorship due to what the conservator describes as severe mental health issues. She’s got enough money to live the rest of her life very comfortably, and I wish she could go back to Louisiana or wherever would make her happy, and just live it. Every recent picture I have seen of her, she looks miserable, even when she’s smiling.

  9. HELENK says:

    just got a great phone call
    my 2nd daughter and her sister in law are going to meet me in San Francisco at the end of September. we will be there for 5 days.
    three crazy ladies in San Fran, will take them to the cliff house for lunch, haight ashbury, alcatraz, fishermans wharf and my all time favorite place Muir Woods. maybe will show them where I lived in Alameda when I worked up there.will not show the place I worked in Emeryville. she would freak out.

    also she told my my youngest grand daughter is on the Dean’s list. she is studying Criminal justice

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Gah, I’ll see you …

  11. myiq2xu says:

    Gwen Stefani is donate a kidney beautiful.

    • Jadzia says:

      My platinum blonde “do” was an attempt at a “Gwen Stefani” look (I’ve got the same pale skin, dark eyes, and penchant for bright red lipstick). Imagine my chagrin when, after posting a pic to facebook, the first comment was, “You look just like Anjelica Huston when she was in The Grifters!” Makeover FAIL.

  12. myiq2xu says:

    Oh shit.

    It’s gonna be another night of “Timmy fell down the well again”.

  13. myiq2xu says:

    My idea of Heaven is having Faith Hill and Shania Twain fighting over me.

  14. myiq2xu says:

    Too bad she never came close to this success again:

    • HELENK says:

      when I worked in Penn Station NYC she played Madison Square Garden. At that time she was in her happy hooker stage. You had to see all the teeny boppers dressed like junior happy hookers coming through the station.

  15. HELENK says:

    from the music you are posting looks like it is ladies night

  16. HELENK says:

    another sexy lady

  17. HELENK says:

    and another one

  18. HELENK says:

    one version of this song

    • HELENK says:

      you know how there are people you wish you could meet and just listen to them. James Cagney and James Michner are two that I would have loved to meet

  19. HELENK says:

    this is fun. you are making remember songs i had not thought of for a long time

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