33 Years Ago, Baltimore Freaked Out Over This Orgy Advertisement

Using shock to raise awareness of teen pregnancy

When it comes to the birds and the bees, most people would agree that a talk between parents and their children is a good idea. Of course, nudging mom and dad to start that squirmy discussion is another matter entirely. Three decades ago, Planned Parenthood devised a novel way to try. In the fall of 1986, billboards and bus posters popped up around Baltimore featuring an inquisitive pre-pubescent boy posing the question: “What’s an Orgy?”