The comics are of special interest to me. When I was young my parents bought Chick comics for me in lieu of more worldly comic books. The artistic style of comics in TTFY is a little better than Alberto, but not much.
The first story in the comic section was about safe sex and condoms in particular. The story is about a cheerleader (stereotypical skinny blonde) who is looking to have sex with the football quarterback (stereotypical beefcake white teen). The condom factoids are told by a high school nerd named Stats (stereotypical asian intellectual). The quaterback is being proselytized by the running back (stereotypical black high school athlete), and the cheerleader is also being hounded by another cheerleader (a steretypical stereotype of a stereotype).
The asian intellectual in the story has these statistics to consider.
Er -- Yes -- Well, Actually condoms have a 15% failure rate and 13% of unmarried teens get pregnant in the first year they use condoms for contraception!
The problem I have with these statistics is that they're not true. The 15% failure rate is typical use. IOW, this is the failure rate if the condoms are not used properly or consistantly. Same with the 13% pregnancy rate. What would you think the pregnancy rate would be if condoms weren't used at all? I don't know, but I'm sure it's much worse than 13% - 15%. The perfect use failure and pregnancy rate for condoms is 2%. That's a big difference! If a condom is used properly and every time, only 2 in 100 girls will get pregnant! Talk about twisting statistics.Click here for condom statistics.
At the end of the story we see a copy of TTFY get passed around the football field (pun intended).
The first comic is so full of stereotypes that I had a hard time finishing it. Just leafing through the rest revealed all kinds of stereotypes.
This book is basically a new testament bible (translated into very simple modern english) pasted in the back of a badly written 100 page Chick Tract wannabe. Revival Fires ministries are trying to recruit teenagers to pass this book out at public schools. I hope the kids do pass this thing out because it is ridiculous. I have three teen age nephews and I can imagine every one of them laughing at the caricarture of teen life that's depicted in this book.
A parting question for my christian detractors to think about. Do you like it that your holy book is included in the back of a second rate comic book?
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