How about this, Planned Parenthood? The Valentine’s Day “Act Responsibly” campaign

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The timing of WI Right to Life’s press release couldn’t be better….


Over the past few days I’ve chronicled one Planned Parenthood’s base Valentine’s Day condom card campaign
and another PP’s Valentine’s Day condom fundraiser.
And I’ve wondered how PP’s promotion of wanton sex under the guise of “safe sex” really fits with its organizational premise of planned parenthood. (Have you ever really pondered this group’s name?)
If PP were legit, it would sponsor something like WIRTL’s newly launched “Act Responsibly” campaign. One seriously has to ask why PP doesn’t take this sort of approach…

…to promote personal responsibility, the value of family, and self-esteem this Valentine’s weekend.
WIRTL has created downloadable materials for its “Act Responsibly” campaign, encouraging families, individuals, church groups and schools to use the materials to remind the public that actions can have consequences.
“Valentine’s Day is a great tradition and a fun occasion to celebrate romance,” said Barbara Lyons, Executive Director of WIRTL. “An evening of champagne, chocolates and flowers can have consequences if revelers don’t ‘Act Responsibly.'”
Lyons said states which keep monthly statistics see an increase in the number of abortions during the months of January through April, right after New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day.
“Everyone promotes drinking responsibly on New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day to prevent deaths,” said Lyons. “We’re taking the same approach to Valentine’s Day, promoting personal responsibility, the value of family, and self-esteem. We, too, don’t want to see an increase in deaths.”
“Personal responsibility is everyone’s responsibility,” said Lyons. “Personal responsibility and strong self-esteem begin at home, with parents teaching their children good values and encouraging young adults to do the right thing.”

Download the posters, press release and materials.

22 thoughts on “How about this, Planned Parenthood? The Valentine’s Day “Act Responsibly” campaign”

  1. Yeah Jay, I was wondering the same thing.
    Dressing responsibly would be a good way to start acting responsibly.

  2. Short skirt? Maybe that’s the person they’re targeting the message to. I like the poster. Using blue instead of the usual red candy wrapper is eye-catching. Kudos to WIRTL!

  3. I guess maybe I’m just old fashioned.
    If I had a single 17 year old daughter, I wouldn’t be comfortable with her going out on Valentine’s date dressed like that.
    To me, it’s a mixed message. If her skirt was a little longer, to perhaps just above the knee, would it be out of style?

  4. If her skirt was a little longer, to perhaps just above the knee, would it be out of style?
    No. A variety of hemlines are in style at basically all times; most women I know consider ultra-short hemlines “out of style” unless they’re paired with thick wool tights or leggings.
    It seems to me that Wisconsin Right to Life is trying to harness the selling power of sex to convince people not to have sex. “Here are some looooooong bare legs! Now that I have your attention, don’t have sex, have some chocolates instead.” Meh.

  5. I agree that the skirt is too short, it looks like she’s hiking it up with her hand, and her hips are posed to be joined with that metrosexual looking guy(?). I get that the intent was to present the message in a ‘hip’ (hee hee) way but more modesty and dignity would have worked better.
    Related to this topic and the sad PP condom card post, this is another very warped message:
    http://www.endangeredspeciescondoms.com/
    We are in battle with some sick minds.

  6. Thanks for the link too short.
    I’m all for good stewardship of our planet and the preservation of endangered species but those guys are a few bricks shy of a full load.
    On second thought, they’re probably more than just a few bricks shy.

  7. That short skirt reminds of the swim suit competition in beauty pargeants.
    The winner of the contest is usually the woman who can cover up the most with the least.
    yor bro ken

  8. In a related story:
    Woman Guilty Of Setting Bikini Dancer On Fire
    Feb. 11, 2010 02:28 PM
    Associated Press
    http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/2010/02/11/20100211woman-sets-bikini-dancer-on-fire.html
    “LOS ANGELES – A California woman who doused a bikini dancer with gasoline and set her on fire has been found guilty of aggravated mayhem and torture.
    “Prosecutors say the women had been feuding when Theriault-Odom doused the 28-year-old mother of two with gasoline and set her ablaze in February 2009 at a Tarzana club.”
    I recommend the lady dial it back to just burning her own bra.
    yor bro ken

  9. In the interest of maintaining gender balance in stores concerning crazies:
    http://host.madison.com/news/state-and-regional/wisconsin/article_baf6f981-73dc-5346-8d6a-e91dbec986be.html
    Man Accused Of Using Stun Gun On “Sinner”
    “A Baraboo man is accused of repeatedly shocking a male dance instructor with a stun gun, claiming the instructor was a “sinner” who “defiles married women.”
    “The Wisconsin State Journal says the instructor told police that [59-year-old Kevin] Johnson phoned for private dance lessons, and when he opened the door to his home, Johnson began to shock him repeatedly in the neck with the stun gun.”
    Pray that bikini burner Theriault-Odom and Kevin Johnson do not ‘hook up’ when they are returned to the wild.
    yor bro ken

  10. The whole short skirt thing? Janet has it right me thinks. If the target audience was Amish, the look would certainly be different. The message is what’s important here. The good folks at Wisconsin Right to Life are trying to decrease the number of lives lost to abortion among a particular demographic. They are smart people. Read the news release. Really people.

  11. No doubt the WI RtL message is good and put tpogether by good, smart people but next time perhaps thery could make the guy look more like a guy and not like… well… Rachel Maddow. And that skirt needs a few inches. Really.

  12. No doubt the WI RtL message is good and put together by good, smart people but next time perhaps they could make the guy look more like a guy and not like… well… Rachel Maddow. And that skirt needs a few inches. Really.

  13. kbhvac, I really don’t think it’s amusing to make fun of people being seriously injured, no matter what their gender.
    As for the skirt — well, some many young women dress that way. I’m sure you know of Catholic school girls who look prim and proper when the leave the house, but once they get out the door — up goes the skirt and the eyeliner!
    What’s really pathetic is when more mature women like myself try to dress like their 25 years old. This is not sexy, they just look foolish.

  14. Prostitutes wear dresses that high for a specific reason: they’re trolling. Just odd for an ad promoting responsibility.
    I don’t think anyone did anything intentional here. Like Lori said, someone was probably looking for some good clip art of a couple going to a party and threw it in there without really thinking about it.
    What we ended up with is something like you’d see on Leno. I just saw a headline for a marriage between, Jennifer Walker and John Street giving us the “Street-Walker” wedding, or the “Kalla-Plummer” wedding.

  15. Here’s one from the Want Ads:
    Wanted: Let me give your cat a good home. Accepting old strays. Full litters.
    Fur lined gloves for sale. 343-xxxx

  16. Posted by: Phillymiss at February 12, 2010 11:06 AM
    “kbhvac, I really don’t think it’s amusing to make fun of people being seriously injured, no matter what their gender.”
    ————————————————–
    Philly,
    Your point is well taken, but I was mocking the wackos, not the victims.
    yor bro ken

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