Can simply walking through racks of maternity clothes get you pregnant? Women going through infertility struggles would certainly hope so. But the YMCA says yes, definitely, when it comes to teen girls.
Forever 21's maternity clothing line is currently available in stores in just five states, the same ones that just so happen to have the highest rates of teen pregnancy.
A staffer from the San Jose YMCA (now going by just "Y") says young girls seeing all this cute, chic attire will encourage them to get pregnant so they can wear the clothes. The Y says launching the line in the highest rate states could not be unintentional, especially since the line is opening next week in Nevada, another state that ranks high.
Are today's teens really that stupid?
Some say yes. Even some teen girls interviewed by the local ABC affiliate said they believe the clothes will inspire some of their friends to have sex and deliver a child. The clothing company insists there's no underhanded marketing strategy involved. In an official statement, they said:
"Forever 21 did not create, design or distribute Love 21 Maternity to target or appeal specifically to pregnant teens. Any relationship between teen pregnancy rates and the locations of our stores is unintentional."
If the Y is right, we've got a lot more to worry about. Some of the Liz Lange maternity clothes at Target are a lot cuter than the Forever 21 line. We're talking baggy t-shirts and leggings in basic styles and different shades of black and white, mostly. The purple tunic above is about as exciting as it gets, and sorry, but that would not be enough to get me to have unprotected sex with the quarterback. Isabella Oliver? Definitely a maybe.
This is just silly. In my town, Target's maternity section is located directly across the aisle from girls' shoes. Perhaps someone needs to put a note in the suggestion box there? I also like the trendy bump styles at Top Shop, another popular teen haunt. Should we place a call there? Then there's Old Navy ...
Today's teens aren't that bright, but they are not that dumb, either.