Young mamas push back against the Candie’s Foundation teen pregnancy ads

Picture of Carly Rae Jepsen w caption: "You're supposed to be changing the world...not changing diapers."

Remember these awful ads from the Candies Foundation? Well young mamas are pushing back, and are demanding that Candie’s stop shaming young parents:

When the Candie’s Foundation launched a teen pregnancy prevention campaign with the tagline, “You’re supposed to be changing the world… not diapers,” I was outraged by their attempts to shame young parents, people like me. Although I was changing diapers at age 17, I am changing the world — and so are Lisette, Consuela, Jasmin, Gloria, Marylouise, Christina, and so many other young parents like us across the country. We’re working to make our communities better, and we’re not doing this work in spite of being young parents. Our activism has been shaped by our experiences as young moms; we are working to change the world because we are young parents.

A coalition of reproductive justice organizations, working alongside some fierce young mamas like petition-writer Natasha, are coordinating a campaign to get the Candie’s Foundation to drop their tired messages and demanding a meeting with its founder Neil Cole. Support young mamas by signing the petition, spreading the word, and joining in on the conversation using #NoTeenShame on twitter.

Fuck yeah teen moms! Get it!

New York, NY

Verónica Bayetti Flores has spent the last years of her life living and breathing reproductive justice. She has led national policy and movement building work on the intersections of immigrants' rights, health care access, young parenthood, and LGBTQ liberation, and has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought for paid sick leave, and demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color. In 2008 Verónica obtained her Master’s degree in the Sexuality and Health program at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She loves cooking, making art, listening to music, and thinking about the ways art forms traditionally seen as feminine are valued and devalued. In addition to writing for Feministing, she is currently spending most of her time doing policy work to reduce the harms of LGBTQ youth of color's interactions with the police and making sure abortion care is accessible to all regardless of their income.

Verónica is a queer immigrant writer, activist, and rabble-rouser.

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  • Stella

    It’s almost NEVER a good idea for a teen to become a mother or a father. Personally, I’d recommend it only after the age of 24. This is the age where your pre frontal cortex is fully formed. A persons ability to plan and oversee the consequences of their actions will be sufficient then.
    Often, teens tell themselves that they made adult decisions to become parents. This is extremely unlikely. Lying to yourself can be a good defense mechanism (how can you live with yourself if you realize everyday you’re making huge, stupid and avoidable mistake?) but it’s not a healthy thing to do. And don’t mistake NOT ending up in jail or simply having a job as being a successful teen parent. Almost all teen parents end up LESS successful than they would have been, had they gone to school, university, etc and waited until maturity to be a parent.

    Are there teens out there mature enough to be a parent? I don’t doubt that. But would it have been better if they had waited to get kids? Of course it would!

    all teen parents that have jobs and aren’t in jail, most likely would have been CEO’s or highly successful otherwise if they hadn’t had kids.