Department of Mixed-Up Messages:
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?