‪NYC people, be sure to make it out to this speak-out and protest if you can! And everyone else, catch the webcast. More information here.

NYC people, be sure to make it out to this speak-out and protest if you can! And everyone else, catch the webcast. More information here.

oh-snap-pro-choice:

dmillz516:

So I got my ass handed to me that I was being too sensitive for the magazine ad of the #WOC in InStyle Magazine promoting the #planB pill. What is the consensus on this #ad placed in a #MTA subway train leaving from #Queens to #Manhattan? #abortion #pregnancy #life #choices FYI, the bottom of the ad reads,”text ‘notnow’ to 877877 for more information and the real price of teen pregnancy.” #opinions

I saw this add on the 6 train from Pelham Bay Park into Manhattan (as well as the same ad with a white child saying the same thing) on the 5 train to Morris Park. I see nothing wrong with it, but I haven’t actually texted the number. If they are misinforming people in those texts, then it’s screwed up. I don’t see how this is promoting abortion? I see it as more of a “be careful before it happens to you” sort of thing. -Alyssa

This is actually a harmful, shaming ad campaign that perpetuates stereotypes and fail to properly address the issues that contribute to teen pregnancy. Read more about it here:
NYC Teen Pregnancy Campaign Brings Shaming to Bus Shelters and Cell Phones
Backlash Against NYC Teen Pregnancy Campaign Brings Tweaks, But Message Remains the Same
I Was a Teen Mom and The NYC Teen Pregnancy Ads Miss the Point
It’s Not Just Those Awful Ads in NYC: Teen Moms Are Bullied Every Day

oh-snap-pro-choice:

dmillz516:

So I got my ass handed to me that I was being too sensitive for the magazine ad of the #WOC in InStyle Magazine promoting the #planB pill. What is the consensus on this #ad placed in a #MTA subway train leaving from #Queens to #Manhattan? #abortion #pregnancy #life #choices FYI, the bottom of the ad reads,”text ‘notnow’ to 877877 for more information and the real price of teen pregnancy.” #opinions

I saw this add on the 6 train from Pelham Bay Park into Manhattan (as well as the same ad with a white child saying the same thing) on the 5 train to Morris Park. I see nothing wrong with it, but I haven’t actually texted the number. If they are misinforming people in those texts, then it’s screwed up. I don’t see how this is promoting abortion? I see it as more of a “be careful before it happens to you” sort of thing. -Alyssa

This is actually a harmful, shaming ad campaign that perpetuates stereotypes and fail to properly address the issues that contribute to teen pregnancy. Read more about it here:

  1. NYC Teen Pregnancy Campaign Brings Shaming to Bus Shelters and Cell Phones
  2. Backlash Against NYC Teen Pregnancy Campaign Brings Tweaks, But Message Remains the Same
  3. I Was a Teen Mom and The NYC Teen Pregnancy Ads Miss the Point
  4. It’s Not Just Those Awful Ads in NYC: Teen Moms Are Bullied Every Day
wagatwe:

Paid sick days is a women’s issue.
54% of New York City’s lowest wage earners are women.
60% of them do not get paid sick days.
2/3 of low-income women don’t get paid when they miss work for a sick child.
half of working mothers do not get paid when they miss work to take care of a sick child. 
two-thirds of low-income women (with family incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty line) don’t get paid when they miss work for a sick child
three-quarters of the very poor (below the poverty line).

Great news! After 3 years of fighting for this basic common-sense policy, paid sick leave is finally coming to NYC.

wagatwe:

Paid sick days is a women’s issue.

  • 54% of New York City’s lowest wage earners are women.
  • 60% of them do not get paid sick days.
  • 2/3 of low-income women don’t get paid when they miss work for a sick child.
  • half of working mothers do not get paid when they miss work to take care of a sick child. 
  • two-thirds of low-income women (with family incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty line) don’t get paid when they miss work for a sick child
  • three-quarters of the very poor (below the poverty line).

Great news! After 3 years of fighting for this basic common-sense policy, paid sick leave is finally coming to NYC.

Backlash Against NYC Teen Pregnancy Campaign Brings Tweaks, But Message Remains the Same 

The Bloomberg administration has yet to admit defeat, but the HRA has made subtle changes to the campaign, seemingly in response to the backlash. According to the Times, the SMS game I wrote about previously for RH Reality Check has been edited. In the exchange about Anaya, the pregnant teen character who is bullied at the prom, she is no longer called a “fat loser”—now she’s just called a “loser.” 

how lovely.

Backlash Against NYC Teen Pregnancy Campaign Brings Tweaks, But Message Remains the Same 

The Bloomberg administration has yet to admit defeat, but the HRA has made subtle changes to the campaign, seemingly in response to the backlash. According to the Timesthe SMS game I wrote about previously for RH Reality Check has been edited. In the exchange about Anaya, the pregnant teen character who is bullied at the prom, she is no longer called a “fat loser”—now she’s just called a “loser.” 

how lovely.

ATTENTION NEW YORK!

ppmhvaf:

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Today is Statewide Call-In Day! Opponents of Women’s Equality Agenda are flooding the Capitol today with anti-equality propaganda. Call your legislators TODAY to tell them you support women’s equality, and they should too! (To find your legislators: Go here: http://www.nysenate.gov/senators to locate your Senator, and go here:http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?sh=search to locate your Assembly member!) Let’s make sure our representatives know we want the Women’s Equality Agenda to become a reality in New York!

I am more than willing to work with anyone who wants to better understand the social, emotional, and educational factors that can lead to teenage pregnancy. What I refuse to do is to keep getting blamed for society’s problems. I refuse to be the scapegoat of elected officials who, rather than doing their job, point fingers at youth for problems that our elders are causing by refusing to acknowledge those problems in the first place. I refuse to allow people who have never met a resilient teen mom in their life to define who I am as a mother, a human, and a member of society just because I had my daughter at age 15.
- Gloria Malone, former teen mother

I am more than willing to work with anyone who wants to better understand the social, emotional, and educational factors that can lead to teenage pregnancy. What I refuse to do is to keep getting blamed for society’s problems. I refuse to be the scapegoat of elected officials who, rather than doing their job, point fingers at youth for problems that our elders are causing by refusing to acknowledge those problems in the first place. I refuse to allow people who have never met a resilient teen mom in their life to define who I am as a mother, a human, and a member of society just because I had my daughter at age 15.

- Gloria Malone, former teen mother

It’s Not Just Those Awful Ads in NYC: Teen Moms Are Bullied Every Day
The teen pregnancy prevention (actually teen mom shaming) ads making headlines in New York City are offensive and are part of a system that consistently degrades teen moms. The public service announcements promote unfair treatment of young women who need support. They enable people who have a personal agenda against teen moms to effectively use their disapproval to make the moms’ lives much harder than they need to be

It’s Not Just Those Awful Ads in NYC: Teen Moms Are Bullied Every Day

The teen pregnancy prevention (actually teen mom shaming) ads making headlines in New York City are offensive and are part of a system that consistently degrades teen moms. The public service announcements promote unfair treatment of young women who need support. They enable people who have a personal agenda against teen moms to effectively use their disapproval to make the moms’ lives much harder than they need to be
NYC Teen Pregnancy Campaign Brings Shaming to Bus Shelters and Cell Phones
Mind you stats recently came out that teen pregnancy is actually *down*

NYC Teen Pregnancy Campaign Brings Shaming to Bus Shelters and Cell Phones

Mind you stats recently came out that teen pregnancy is actually *down*

Looking for plans this weekend? Support our friends at “Words Of Choice” - either by viewing live in NYC or participating online!
“Words of Choice” will be performed on March 1 at 7 pm EST and March 2 at 3 pm EST at The Secret Theater in Long Island City. As part of the WiredArts Fest, the live streaming audience will be able to participate simultaneously with tweeting, instant messaging, photo sharing and Facebook. Share your voice using the hashtag #WoCLive.
Panel discussions will take place after both shows: Friday night will feature Amanda Marcotte, blogger at Pandagon, writer at RHReality Check, and author; joining us on Saturday is Lynn Roberts, founding board member of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and an assistant professor at Hunter College.
More information on tickets or setting up a viewing party can be found at www.wordsofchoice.org. Special discounts for activists are available by emailing: wordsofchoice@mindspring.com.

Looking for plans this weekend? Support our friends at “Words Of Choice” - either by viewing live in NYC or participating online!

“Words of Choice” will be performed on March 1 at 7 pm EST and March 2 at 3 pm EST at The Secret Theater in Long Island City. As part of the WiredArts Fest, the live streaming audience will be able to participate simultaneously with tweeting, instant messaging, photo sharing and Facebook. Share your voice using the hashtag #WoCLive.

Panel discussions will take place after both shows: Friday night will feature Amanda Marcotte, blogger at Pandagon, writer at RHReality Check, and author; joining us on Saturday is Lynn Roberts, founding board member of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and an assistant professor at Hunter College.

More information on tickets or setting up a viewing party can be found at www.wordsofchoice.org. Special discounts for activists are available by emailing: wordsofchoice@mindspring.com.

New York Post to NYC Teens: Give Birth!

Written by Martha Kempner for RH Reality Check. This diary is cross-posted; commenters wishing to engage directly with the author should do so at the original post.

Last week, New York City’s Department of Health released numbers showing that teen pregnancy rates in the city have fallen considerably in the last decade. So for some reason, the New York Post, the city’s conservative home town paper decided it needed to stir up a fake controversy by suggesting that the Bloomberg administration is trying to keep the data on how much birth control schools have really distributed under wraps.

Health Commissioner Tom Farley certainly didn’t seem to have anything to hide when he hailed the city’s 27 percent decline in teen pregnancy. Farley suggested that the drop comes because fewer teens are having sex and more teens using birth control.

Farley said “It shows that when you make condoms and contraception available to teens, they don’t increase their likelihood of being sexually active. But they get the message that sex is risky.”

The commissioner is referring, in part, to the school district’s CATCH Program, Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health, which uses Health Department doctors and school nurses to prescribe and distribute birth control to students. The program also provides pregnancy tests; education on contraceptive methods, including condoms; STI prevention education; education on pregnancy options and referrals to primary care; STI testing and treatment; and mental health counseling. The program started in 2011 with five schools and expanded to 13 schools by the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.

The CATCH program made headlines at the start of the school year when a New York Post article said it was giving out Emergency Contraception to students has young as 14 without their parents’ knowledge. This was not accurate. The Health Department says that parents were made aware of the program and told them that they had the right to “opt-out” if they did not want their child to be allowed to receive contraception at school. Only one to two percent of parents at these schools chose to “opt-out.”

Despite this, the Post insisted the program was controversial and parental authority was being usurped. 

Read the rest here.