Candie's Turns Back Seat Sex Into Blunt Reality


During last night's Gossip Girl, The Candie's Foundation ran a commercial addressing teen pregnancy. As the camera zooms in on two teens making out in a car, Jenny McCarthy suddenly appears in the window and asks, "What are you doing?", before presenting the couple with one possible outcome of their backseat frolic.

It's a powerful message for sure but what is it really saying? As there's no real indication the couple isn't engaging in safe sex, it would appear to be abstinence. And what reality is Candie's selling us. It would seem the assumption, while true in many cases, is that upon the thought of teen pregnancy, guys always flee leaving the girl to handle reality on her own.

Abstinence hasn't always been the best possible approach to handling teen pregnancy. The safe sex approach isn't necessarily better. All teens do it anyway so we might as well happily give them a year's worth of condoms when they enter a certain grade, right? By some, this condom-happy, safe sex approach could be seen as just another cop out by lazy parents who can't (or refuse to) teach responsibility and judgment to their kids.

There's no perfect solution, no one size fits all. Each situation is different. Abstinence will work for some and safe sex for others. It's just not clear which direction Candie's is pushing.

by Steve Hall    Oct-28-08   Click to Comment   
Topic: Cause, Celebrity, Commercials, Good   

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Ah yes, Jenny McCarthy. The celebrity poster-child of the anti-vaccination movement.
Her wretchedly ill-informed views about links between vaccines and autism are potentially more harmful than the behaviour she's seemingly speaking against in this ad.
She was good in that Red Alert video though. She should stick to the trivia.

Posted by: FishNChimps on October 28, 2008 2:00 PM

I lost my virginity at 15. I had my first kid at 25. Does it really matter now that I'm almost 50? That's life, teenagers "do it". The only truth is stated in this article "There's no perfect solution, no one size fits all. Each situation is different." It's our job to educate kids, not try and scare them into our belief system.

Posted by: Briana on October 28, 2008 2:32 PM

I realize that Jenny McCarthy used to be in Candies ads, which was why she was in this one. However, when I saw the ad the other night, I automatically assumed it had something to do with autism and didn't get the connection to teenagers. I think she has become so associated with that cause, it was confusing and probably not the best choice to use her in this capacity.

Posted by: Lori on October 29, 2008 4:48 PM

She chaps my autistic ass.

Posted by: scamps on October 30, 2008 1:03 AM