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OKG Newsletter

Letters to the Editor

Bad taste

Kate C. Arnold April 24th, 2013

I was excited to see your article covering the wonderful Variety Care nonprofit (Rachael Cervenka, “Capitol care,” March 20, Oklahoma Gazette). The work they are doing is truly needed, as Oklahoma is consistently among the 10 states with the highest teen pregnancy rates.

As I read, however, I was distracted by two pictures: one of a young girl dressed provocatively with her face cropped out, and another being a cartoon of a girl upside-down, poledancing. The images belonged to the Coyote Ugly Saloon and Miss Pole Dance Oklahoma 2013 ads adjacent to the article. Variety Care is fighting an uphill battle against teen pregnancy, and the effect of your important article was, in my mind, completely nullified by your ad placement.

As a future OB-GYN resident who will be dealing with teens in the clinic everyday, I hope you will be more thoughtful about the messages.

—Kate C. Arnold, Oklahoma City

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