Pregnant Mannequins in Prom Dresses May Scare Parents More Than Teens

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pregnant mannequinWhen you are a parent, the words "teen pregnancy" paired together is worse than "bed bugs." Of course you don't want bed bugs, but at least you can just burn the bed and never return to the house again to avoid them. Teen pregnancy is a lot more complicated than that.

The United Way in Wisconsin has seen a decrease in teen pregnancies since they've employed some unconventional tactics, and their latest stunt involves the shops where teens buy their prom dresses. They're dressing up pregnant mannequins along with the tag, "A prom date is better without a due date."

Is it just me or does this mannequin look awesome?

Can we agree that most mannequins are thinner than most Americans? And so what that this mannequin has a little fake baby bump, the dress still looks fantastic. If anything, it sort of glamorizes pregnancy.

Maybe that's just what I see? I'm all for some scare tactics to get teens to rethink unsafe sex but maybe they should try something a little more realistic like an ill fitting gown that doesn't look flattering next to another mannequin in a tattered prom dress covered in spit-up and holding a baby doll that screams?

Don't read that wrong -- pregnancy is beautiful. Babies aren't terrible. I truly never felt more beautiful than when I was pregnant and I love babies! We glow and we're gorgeous -- and we all know moms aren't all a tattered mess (all the time). But we have to send a message to our kids so they aren't getting pregnant before they are ready. So whatever it takes, right?

Still I don't think banning sexy prom dresses will stop kids from having sex either.

Nicole Angresano of the United Way told Fox 11 Good Day Wisconsin about her campaign:

We have to be aggressive in our approach. We have to give it to them straight. We have to be hard-hitting. We can’t put soft pieces out there. We can’t be touchy feely about this.

It seems to be working so far -- there are more than 30 percent fewer teen pregnancies in Wisconsin since they began in 2006.

I want it to work -- I just think the campaign should go a little further. But if it makes just one teen think twice, then it's still a success.

What do you think of the pregnant mannequin in prom dress tactic to scare teens?

Image via Fox 11

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jessi... jessicasmom1

I think pregnant peolpe need to see the way clothes will fit them  too. 

douxm... douxmusique

I think it is a real life wake-up call to girls who the.k they won't get pregnant in high school. I know girls who were very sad about walking the stage in their cap.and gown being huge and pregnant, and girls that missed prom because they couldn't find dresses. These are things that are important to teenagers and have the consequences to their loves thrown in their face is a good idea. We also need to stop with accepting these situations and be a little tougher on our teens. It isn't normal or smart or good, ever, to get pregnant in high school. It absolutely should be considered shameful, stupid and irresponsible of both the teen parents and their parents. "everyone makes mistakes" doesn't fly anymore.

And yes. I was a teen mom.

nonmember avatar Meg D

I am an avid watcher of Teen Mom & 16 and Pregnant, only for the trainwreck factor. If anything "glamourizes teen pregnancy" it would be those 2 shows!!! A pregnant mannequin just shows it how it is! I think it's great! FYI....the moms on Teen Mom get $280,000/year for doing the show. At least Amber Porter does! Now who's glamourizing teen pregnancy?????

Kaitlin Visocsky

i dont think its to wake people up.. i mean if people are starting to have pregnant mannequins then there is a serious issue with teens today. But also have to remember not just teens go to prom shops for dresses. You have women who are pregnant and have a important event coming up and need a dress. Take me for example.. military wife.. we have military balls to go to and lets face it military wives are usually pregnant.. some of the girls who are still tiny go to the same shops teens go to in order to buy a nice dress.. having these pregnant mannequins also shows that if your pregnant we have dresses to fit that and to look beautiful at the same time. Being pregnant.. most the time you dont feel gorgeous and i think its also a way to boost a womans confidence.

Tracey Cheesman

I think rather than express the message "Pregnancy is bad" it says "Hey, look, this will totally fit your baby bump!"

Joyce Satcher

I love the idea of the prom dress with spit up on it ......the head should show a face with dark circles under the eyes, no make up, scraggly, unwashed unbrushed hair (with spit up in it) to that  should be the baby daddy looking spiffy with a new beautiful girl on his arm    Oh and make sure the one holding the baby still hasn't lost that baby weight.......they need the REAL glitz & glammer

Of course I am the mom who explained in graphic details childbirth to my teen children & showed them textbook pictures of sexually transmitted deseases  (beware haveing a mom who is an OB/Gyn nurse in an inner city clinic & hospital working with teen patients)


Bailey Resendez

Why is it always just about the girl?

nonmember avatar blh

I agree with Joyce.

Desiree Van Polen

IDK about anyone else but I have 3 daughters and if any one of them ends up pregnant in HS they dont have to worry about prom at all!!! I can assure you they will be too busy working a full time job to learn how to support the baby they chose to make! And if I did have any sons the same would go for them!


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