The news is filled with stories of celebrity baby bumps and babies. But what really matters about these stories? How do they affect you, and the ones you love? Media love covering these stories because it’s clickbait for their audiences, and money for their advertisers. But there’s more than that to these stories.
- Like it or not, celebrities act as role models for the people around you, with significant impacts on family planning decision-making. They help determine things like average family size, teen pregnancy rates, parenting techniques, etc.
- Future world population will vary by billions of people in your and your kid’s lifetimes, depending on whether the average woman in the world today has one child more or one child fewer in her lifetime. And it’s not just about numbers. Family planning today will most determine our impacts on the environment, child welfare and development, economic inequity, etc. Other peoples’ family planning will determine your future. What do you want that future to look like?
TAKE ACTION: People Magazine and Cheatsheet.com are two of the biggest news brands covering celebrity baby stories. Tweet People’s Editor in Chief Dan Wakeford, @danwakeford, and email the Cheatsheet staff at email@example.com and urge them to consider the impact of their stories, and the need for responsible family planning modeling that improves child welfare, promotes equity, and protects the environment.