Who do you think teens go to for advice if they’re scared of their parents? Increasingly, the answer has been “The Internet”.
The “Activist Mommy”, Elizabeth Johnston is taking aim at Teen Vogue again, after their advice column answered a question from a teen seeking an abortion. The 16-year-old’s parents are anti-abortion and she is worried they won’t help her.
This upset Johnston, who disagrees with the outlet’s advice.
"It can be tricky," the article warns. Disgusting child sex guide Teen Vogue advises young woman how to get an abortion without her pro-life parents knowing about it!!! 😠Posted by The Activist Mommy - Elizabeth Johnston on Monday, June 10, 2019
The column’s writer, Nona Willis Aronowitz goes over the different options the teen has, including looking up her state’s laws about minors receiving the procedure, as well as the possibility that she may need to talk to her parents about it.
Johnston sees the whole Teen Vogue article as an act to undermine parental authority.
She admonishes Aronowitz a few times for providing the information, but also the “pro-life hypocrites” who change their minds on the issue when confronted with the reality of it.
The “Activist’s” audience was ready to call the whole thing evil.
Even within the Facebook comments on Johnston’s article, people disagreed, however.
Fox News is siding with Johnston and presenting the reaction to the entire column as parents being against it.
The reaction in the greater online arena has been negative in some cases.
Your "magazine", for want of a better polite word, seems to be mainly about manipulating young people for commercial purposes.— Steve (@steve_v999) June 8, 2019
It's also their parents right to know what is going on with their minor child.— Mrs. Nathan Huffhine (@WatchYerButt) June 7, 2019
And regardless of your "beliefs", Abortion is Murder.— Bekah (@daxafina) June 7, 2019
However, the advice is helpful.
The state of sexual education in America is woefully inadequate. Only 13 states require what is taught to be medically accurate.
If we aren’t giving these young adults all the information, they’re going to get it elsewhere. And at the very least, Teen Vogue is trying to be medically accurate, and provide safe information.
The reaction online isn’t all vitriol. Many are thanking the magazine for their help.
Excellent column. I hope it helps some teens.— Sonia Jaffe Robbins (@WarnfrCopyEditr) June 7, 2019
I get asked about this in every single class I teach.— Kim Cavill (@sexposparenting) June 6, 2019
Every single class. https://t.co/IXHmSdXzem
“Nearly one in four women will have an abortion by the age of 45. Some of these women might be other teens, and others may be your teachers, guidance counselors, and family friends. Because everybody loves someone who’s had an abortion. Including you.” https://t.co/sFV3Mu9Oja— Kayleigh Ashman (@KayleighMAshman) June 7, 2019
Teen Vogue’s progressive streak has proven very divisive. While people online try to paint their articles explaining sex education as evil, sometimes it’s necessary.
Recently, the magazine printed an op-ed from Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, founder of Nalane for Reproductive Justice, in which she argues for the rights of sex workers. Naturally, pundits online tried to turn this into some kind of prostitution grooming for teenagers.
Instead, op-eds like this, and articles about sex education only seek to inform teens, so as adults they can better make their own decisions.
while i was immediately skeptical of teen vogue right after its political pivot, i cannot tell you how wrong i was about my original take. they have consistently put out progressive commentary and it’s very good. https://t.co/YZDjakP6GO— hasanabi (@hasanthehun) June 17, 2019
Sex education is extremely important & necessary. Shoutout to Teen Vogue for such content. Someone has to do it.— Ev (@evxnic) June 17, 2019
If they're old enough to figure out sex, they're old enough to know their medical rights— Adair Arrowsmith (@AdairBlackmore) June 16, 2019
I'm sure conservatives think parents will force the child to give birth. Pretty fkd up thinking.
If you’re mad that an online magazine has to help a pregnant teen navigate complex abortion laws, ask why it’s necessary to seek advice on it at all.
If you’re scared of your child not telling you about an abortion, you should look at how you present your views and your own actions. A teen who’s afraid to speak with their parent often has a reason.
And if you want to reduce the number of abortions, support proper sex education programs that explain contraceptives, birth control, and other options.
One time Teen Vogue editor-in-chief, Elaine Welteroth, offers young women advice in her book More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say), available here.