Quick Hit: Candie’s Foundation paid Bristol Palin $262,500

Bristol PalinThe Candie’s Foundation, which is supposedly focused on preventing teen pregnancy, paid Bristol Palin $262,500 in 2009 according to Think Progress. Meanwhile, they spent only $35,000 on grants for teen pregnancy prevention.

Candie’s Foundation’s framework is problematic to being with, vilifying pregnant and parenting teens and focusing largely on abstinence instead of informed sexuality. As Think Progress saying, “Many critics have pointed out that the Candie’s Foundation appears to be geared towards improving the public image of Cole’s company rather than reducing teen pregnancy.” For duh.

And what did Bristol Palin do for that six figure paycheck? Star in offensive commercials and offer incomprehensible and contradictory statements about abstinence. Yeah, that’s money well spent.

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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/toongrrl/ Jessica “Jess” Victoria Carillo

    Well, not only does Candies have stuff that are too expensive, they also slut-shame and have Bristol Palin…..where does the money come from? Teenage customers that are loyal to the brand and probably have sex. Don’t attack the hands that feed you Candies

  • http://feministing.com/members/gretchen/ Gretchen

    My organization is hosting a “Teen Pregnancy Prevention PSA” contest in response to all the crappy PSAs out there (including the especially crappy ones with Bristol): http://bit.ly/e0nJ32 The prize isn’t $262k, but it is a pretty sweet $100 Amazon giftcard. So, if you’re a young person or you work with young people (especially young parents) spread the word!