Freakout Over Pregnant Highschooler Mannequins
[su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]New York’s irrepressible Daily News brings us the brouhaha over two Venezuelan charities’ hijacking of high fashion marketing to drive home a point:
A display showing mannequins of pregnant schoolgirls at a Caracas mall is shocking shoppers and stirring debate over sex education in Venezuela.
Two local charities have dressed up three mannequins behind a shop window as girls with bulging stomachs under the blue uniforms used by schoolchildren here until age 15.
The idea is to draw attention to an adolescent pregnancy rate they say is one of the worst in South America with one girl under-18 becoming pregnant every three minutes and 23 percent of all births coming in that age category.
“I think it’s horrible, awful. If I was a mother, I wouldn’t want my child to see that,” said scandalized student Kelly Hernandez, 18, clasping her hand over her mouth as she took a double-take at the display on Wednesday.
Her friend Auriselvia Torrealba, 20, was more sympathetic, seeing a higher purpose to the shock campaign.
“Yes, it’s disturbing to see in a window. But it’s the truth. You see pregnant girls all the time on the streets. So this forces you to think about the problem, doesn’t it?”