Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Bristol Palin admits that abstinence-only education is "unrealistic"

This just made my day. I do feel bad for her, because I'm pretty sure that she wasn't really given a choice about her impending marriage to the unemployed Levi Johnston, who has yet to graduate from high school or, according to Gawker, seek any kind of employment. And let's not even talk about whether the word "condom" entered her vocabulary before she started having sexual relations with said hockey player, but amen, she's telling the truth. Say it with me, folks: abstinence-only sex education doesn't work! Take that, John Boehner, John McCain, and everyone in Congress who voted against funding for honest, accurate sex education and for contraception.


At February 18, 2009 at 1:27 PM , Anonymous Dan said...

I listened to the clip, and I didn't hear anything about "abstinence-only education". So you are putting words into her mouth. Perhaps you have a political agenda here?

She did say she thought abstinence was "unrealistic" because unmarried teen sex is so "accepted" (read: peer pressure). She also said it is best to wait. That part was loud and clear.

Also, why do you feel entitled to speculate about aspects of her life that you know nothing about, eg. her motives for getting married (if they actually do marry-- this doesn't seem like a foregone conclusion at all).

And finally, what do you have against hockey players? As Stompin' Tom Connors would say, hockey is "the best game you can name". You Southerners should give it a try sometime!

At February 19, 2009 at 4:29 PM , Anonymous Molly said...

I'm not sure Chloe IS putting words in her mouth, Dan -- she's extrapolating a conclusion from Bristol's admission that "abstinence isn't realistic." If, as Bristol says here, having sex is more acceptable among teenagers of her generation, wouldn't you agree that it needs to be addressed somehow?

The means of confronting such an issue DO depend on your political beliefs, for sure, but I think we can all agree that the system that's been put in place isn't working. More liberal folk are apt to advocate that if kids are gonna have sex anyway (as Bristol says), we really ought to be providing them with the facts and materials they need to do it safely. I myself agree with Miss Palin that greater publicization of stories about teen moms might also have a significant effect. Regardless, EW is not a forum that asks its writers to divorce their opinions from their political beliefs; while you might disagree with Chloe, I'm not sure this is the right place to accuse her of a "political agenda." The blog is an open forum, so let's keep it that way!

One last thing -- I am in fact a Southerner (born in Alabama, bred in Virginia), and I used to play roller hockey with my guy friends in our elementary school parking lot every weekend. What're you insinuating, Yankee?

At February 19, 2009 at 7:51 PM , Anonymous Dan said...

I should have left out the political agenda comment. But I stand by the claim of putting words in her mouth. The title of the piece makes it sound like a quote rather than extrapolation.

"Southerner" was intended as a hemisphere reference (ie. directed at Chloe). It's funny that you called me a Yankee. I'm actually Canadian. We're practically born with skates on, don't you know! My daughter started ice skating at 14 months. And it was her idea too-- she had a way of expressing her will long before she could talk.


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