Trans men have babies too

Did you catch those “provocative” teen pregnancy ads that were launched recently in Chicago?

unexpected? ad campaign featuring pregnant teen boy

Well, the Media Literacy Project has come up with a simple, effective counter-ad pointing out that some men do get pregnant–and while rarer it is not exactly “unexpected.”

re-mixed ad saying "trans men have babies too"

Nothing like reality to throw a hiccup into a campaign that relies on shock value. And I love the line, “All families, whether born or chosen, thrive on love, not shame.” That’s a reminder that’s applicable in basically a bazillion situations.

Via Colorlines.

Atlanta, GA

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Dan

    What’s the significance of the graffiti?

    And is the apparent skin tone difference due to lighting/camera difference, or is it also intentional?

    • Shana Heinricy

      Hi! I’m the Communications Director at Media Literacy Project. The significance of the graffiti is that there was graffiti in the background of the original Latino ad, but the background of the white ad had no graffiti. The images seemed to be saying very different things about where white teens live or frequent and where Latino teens live. So we erased the graffiti from the original and added our own graffiti heart. Any changes in skin color were purely accidental. We didn’t alter the skin color of the original ad in any way. On this website, our counter ad looks like the skin is lighter, but on our website, the counter ad skin looks darker than the original. It must be due to how the web page images display.

      We have an article (deconstruction) that goes with the ad on our website. The longer answers to your questions are there. Thanks so much for commenting! We wanted to get people thinking about these issues.