Thursday, September 4, 2008

Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Palin, and Teen Pregnancy

So I’m reading my Glamour Daily Gossip email and I see a story about Lindsay Lohan giving her two cents on the scandal of the day - Sarah Palin’s unmarried pregnant teenage daughter. Great, I think, another Paris Hilton-style bit of manufactured commentary. Turns out, in the words of Guanabee, “she’s apparently not an idiot.”

Says Lindsay on her MysSace blog:

“I've been watching the news all morning, like everyone else - and i keep hearing about the issues related to 'teen pregnancy' - It's all related to Sarah Palin and her 17 year old unmarried pregnant daughter. Well, I think the real problem comes from the fact that we are taking the focus off of getting to know Sarah Palin and her political views, and what she can do to make our country a less destructive place… I get Sarah Palin's views against abortion, but i would much prefer to hear more about what she can do for our country rather than how her daughter is going to have a child no matter what….”

True, we should be focusing on the issues and not on scandals that don’t effect someone’s qualifications to hold office, but I am happy that this particular scandal at least shows that the ideals of the pro-life movement don’t work in the real world.

Frankly it doesn’t surprise me that someone so staunchly anti-abortion and pro-abstinence until marriage has a pregnant teenage daughter - and I’m sure she isn’t alone. It makes me laugh that she wants the media to give her daughter the same privacy as other candidates’ kids when her daughter clearly isn’t just another candidate’s kid - other kids (usually) don't embody the failure of their parents' policies. Also, the Obamas tend to keep their girls out of the public eye.

It’s easy to berate pre-marital sex, birth control and abortion until your kid’s the one that’s pregnant. But Palin’s daughter is keeping her baby, regardless of whether she, herself, wants it, because her mother is now known on the national stage as a member of Feminists for Life, a group beautifully described by Guanabee as “an anti-abortion group that loosely interprets the word feminism to fool young women into having babies they can’t afford.”

But back to Lindsay Lohan:

“On another note… i heard a woman say on TODAY on NBC that teens are feeling as if they have to grow up faster. Really? Because, i think that girls that are CHOOSING to be sexually active and are making a conscious decision to grow up faster..... I think that parents need to recognize how important it is to talk to their children about the things that can result from being sexually active if they aren't protecting themselves (birth control, condoms, etc.)”


In other celebrity/Sarah Palin news, fellow famous (formerly) somehow-I’m-not-surprised-she’s-pregnant teen Jalie Lynn Spears reportedly sent Bristol Palin a gift. Or her mom had a store send something for her. Or something.

One more thing. Can I just point out that Sarah Palin is the current governor of Alaska and the mother of a five-month-old? Do governors get maternity leave? It's a 24-hour type job so I wonder how that works. Also, did anyone else see the five-month-old on stage at the the announcement of her candidacy? What mother in her right mind purposely brings a five-month-old into a room full of hundreds of loudly applauding and screaming people???? I'm not a mother and don't plan to be for a while, but does anyone else find these things a bit disturbing?

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