Posts Tagged ‘choice’

Mireille: there is a great deal of lacking in the teen sex news area
Mireille: what the hell else can I blog about
Steven: Au contraire
Steven: palins 17 year old daughter is pregnant
Its true, 17 year old Bristol Palin is indeed pregnant. The Mccain camp is trying to spin this “as the kind of situation that ordinary American families face”. And indeed it is–In fact, teen pregnancies is on the rise in the United States for the firs time in 14 years.
I don’t report this for the sake of slut-shaming but rather as an occasion to comment on Palin and her ilk’s hypocrisy. This will not make Palin reevaluate her stance on sex education. She is squarely in the abstinence only camp, which she is clearly teaching her own children. We see how far this has gotten them. Abstinence only sex education is just setting kids up for failure, it doesn’t make teenagers less likely to be sexually active but it does make them less likely to protect themselves. The Mccain camp also emphasized that Bristol decided on her own to keep her baby–As if she had much of a choice in the matter. One can’t help but feel sorry for her, she never had a chance in hell. She clearly never had the information a person her age needs to make an informed decision about sexual activity. Whats more she really has no other option but to keep the child and marry the father because her entire support system would abandon her otherwise. She must pass the rest of her pregnancy under intense scrutiny with the entire Christian Right paying her public lip service, all the while likely calling her all manner of awful names behind her back. Bristol Palin, you are a stronger woman than I. I personally apologize for the shit sandwich life has handed you.

Anyway, could you just imagine how they’d spin it if one of Obama’s daughters were a bit older and pregnant? CNN would lead with CRISIS IN THE BLACK FAMILY. Focus on the Family’s James Dobson would not simply shrug and say forgive and forget. We would hear nothing but how liberalism is ruining the American Family (capital A, capital F) and John Mccain would not be nearly as classy or charitable as Obama has been.

For those of us who are not nearly as scrupulous about political children, here are a few pictures of Bristol and Levi courtesy of the New York Daily News.

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A friend of mine that shall go unnamed had, “is hoping that McCain’s VP choice won’t make the heads of feminists explode with confusion…that will be quite the cleanup effort” as his Facebook status yesterday. I was annoyed to say the least. I think it was the use to the word “feminist” in particular that got to me – Do people have such a low opinion of people who identify as feminist as to think we would be guiled by the militantly antichoice Palin simply by virtue of her womanhood?

Well the GOP thought so, which is exactly why she’s on the ticket. As Adam Serwer on TAPPED put it

The pick of Palin is dripping with transparent condescension, the notion that the enthusiasm behind Hillary was simply the result of her being a woman, that it had nothing to do with what she actually stood for, and in that sense it’s equally sexist. Palin is essentially a hard-right ideologue, and therefore nothing like Hillary as far as substance is concerned. It’s not very different from running Alan Keyes against Barack Obama in 2004. The conservative media reaction has already engaged in paternalistic language, with FOX News reporting on television that “McCain broke the glass ceiling,” implying in fact, that the pick had nothing to do with Palin or her qualifications, but merely her gender. It’s fitting that the party positing affirmative action as a program that picks people exclusively based on race or gender rather than qualification should do something similar given an opportunity for political advancement.

It is also worth noting that Palin is a member of the Faux-Feminist organization Feminist for Life, an anti-choice organization that swaddles itself with the rhetoric of empowerment while all the while shaming women out of their rights. She’s on record as being against abortion even if her own daughter were raped. Fittingly, Palin is against universal healthcare.

When the women the GOP are trying to woo realize that this is simply pandering of the worst kind, Palin will perhaps become a liability.  Ann Friendmen put it aptly when she said: “After all, most of us understand that a woman candidate is not the same thing as a woman’s candidate.”  Then again, it’s very doubtful the media will run with this narrative when they have a god-fearing maverick beauty queen with a gun. Never mind that she has no clue what vice president even does.

Daily Kos has a great round up of other reasons Palin was an abysmal choice. After my panic yesterday, I feel much more secure that Obama will pull it out in the end. Yes we can; yes we will.

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