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Washington State Teen Fakes Pregnancy to Make a Point

Washington State Teen Fakes Pregnancy to Make a Point
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Her findings? Stereotyping, rumors and innuendo, everywhere.

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The Nerd  

It's a simple enough news story. Teen fakes pregnancy, collects others' reactions, compiles it into school research project. And then I read this line in the original news report:

"I'm fighting against those stereotypes and rumors because the reality is I'm not pregnant."

Notice her wording there. Not "because pregnant teens deserve to be treated with dignity and respect". Not "because all students deserve equal access to quality education". Not "because it's time to end the slut-shaming of young parents who choose to go public with their pregnancy". Rather, it's "because I'm not pregnant".

Way to represent an oppressed class there.

The comments on the linked article aren't much better in their implications.

"Gaby sure taught her school a lesson.. if anything it will have a lasting effect on loud mouth, bully kids, who think they are better than others. Put them in their place reading those comments out loud. Would love to read her report, should put it online so we can see outcome."

Here's my question: how many teenagers become pregnant each year? The rate in 2006 was 71.5 pregnancies per 1000 teens. And how many of them have ever been given a voice? If your answer was "Bristol Palin", you've just made my point for me.

04/22/2011

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