Do you ever see something, and then just repeat the word ‘sick’ over and over in your brain and maybe out loud too? That happened to me today when I saw a video linked on Planned Parenthood’s ‘Info for Teens’ Facebook page instructing abused teenage girls how to use makeup to disguise bruises.
The girl in the video suffers from a black eye and split lip, and she matter-of-factly shows the viewer how to layer makeup appropriately to hide any injuries occurred as a result of domestic abuse.
Among other advice, the video host recommends using concealer to “hide any splits from watches or rings” and wearing a scarf for covering any strangulation marks on your neck. As for her black eye, she remarks, “If you've got a lot of bruisin’ from being pushed hard against a coffee table, you can gently apply layer after layer, and you will cover it up slightly ... it might hurt.”
The video ends abruptly as a noise is heard off camera, and a message is shown --
65% of women who suffer domestic violence keep it hidden ... don’t cover it up.
The video is intended to be part of a campaign to end domestic violence, but the way it is promoted on Planned Parenthood’s Facebook page -- how to look your best the morning after -- is appalling. They make no effort in the post to change the title of the video or comment on its hideous inappropriateness. As LifeNews.com points out, “That headline makes a world of difference to young teens who run across the video.”
Screenshot of Planned Parenthood's 'Info for Teens' Facebook page
Whether or not this video was intended for shock value to raise awareness, or as an actual instructional piece, I think it’s abhorrent. It’s like reading a teen magazine article about anorexia or bulimia full of tips and tricks on how to better starve yourself and/or hide your symptoms. There are ways to raise awareness about issues without giving girls instructions on how to go further down a destructive path.
Watch the video and see for yourself:
Do you think it’s appropriate for Planned Parenthood to put a link to this video on their ‘Info for Teens’ Facebook page?
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