Thou shalt not kid yourself
So remember during the US election campaign, all that fuss over Republican veep nominee Sarah Palin's preference for abstinence education? So remember how we saw how that worked for her 17-year old daughter Bristol, who had a son in December? So remember how the US teen pregnancy rate is climbing?
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: I don't want to pry to personally, but I mean, actually, contraception is an issue here. Is that something that you were just lazy about or not interested, or do you have a philosophical or religious opposition to it or...
BRISTOL: No. I don't want to get into detail about that. But I think abstinence is, like -- like, the -- I don't know how to put it -- like, the main -- everyone should be abstinent or whatever, but it's not realistic at all.
Like it or baby bump it, we live in a highly-sexualized society, in which people do what comes naturally. Rather than preach at kids and put their lives and well-being at risk by ignoring reality and denying them the tools to make informed and safe choices, we should be giving them the education they need so that girls act with their own best interests at heart while boys give those girls the respect they deserve, even if they sometimes don't act like want it.
And yeah, I know that sounds preachy too but I've been there, done that, got the tight and low-cut T-shirt.
On a snarky note, it's obvious where Bristol gets her speech patterns from.
UPPITY DATE: More on that interview here, including a few words from Gramma Sarah.
UPPITY WOMAN DATE: Salon says Sarah twisted Bristol's words.
So the bigger message here, as spun by Greta Van Susteren and Sarah Palin, is that abstinence is a naive peg on which to hang our contraceptive hopes, but that when our daughters reproduce before they finish high school, we need to move beyond it -- not to discussions of birth control and abortion, but to the fact that the Palins are an unusually big, helpful, supportive group, and that other less fortunate young mothers should go out and get multigenerational families to help them out because it's not the government's responsibility.
How perfectly, sadly nonsensical. And how poignant that the untrained and unrehearsed and inelegant message of the young woman who actually had the baby, the one who said, "I think everyone should just wait 10 years," made far more sense than the politicized jabbering of her elders.