November 14, 2014 9:34 am -

Pregnant Schoolgirl Mannequins (NY Daily News)

Pregnant Schoolgirl Mannequins (NY Daily News)

[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?”


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

4 responses to Freakout Over Pregnant Highschooler Mannequins

  1. mea_mark November 14th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    This makes total sense to me. People should be aware of what they are getting into, before getting into it.

  2. Kick Frenzy November 14th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I’d like to see this type of campaign in more stores in more countries.
    For instance, in heavily right leaning areas where they’re doing everything they can to make these images seem like gifts from God.

  3. Bunya November 14th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Let’s see. The neocons are against contraceptive use and abortion, but yet don’t want to see pregnant teens wearing maternity clothes. Sorry, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.

  4. burqa November 15th, 2014 at 3:03 am

    High fashion marketing drives Venezuelan politics?
    Who knew?