Teen Pregnancy and the media mania...
Me and my big mouth...
With so many subjects near and dear to my heart, I have been posting on CNN as an i-reporter.
"Big Mouth" had to open her trap again about the 'double standard; involving Bristol Palin's teen pregnancy:
OMG! BEST TEEN PREGNANCY EVAR!
So, does anyone else remember when Jaime Lynn Spears was pregnant?
At the time, conservatives acted as though Ms. Spears pregnancy would send scores of underage 'Zoey 101' viewing girls out prowling the streets for a 'baby daddy'. Why it was equated by some on the right to the complete moral decay of America! Ms. Spears mother was considered a prime example of the worst possible parenting and was smeared.
Now, Bristol is expecting. Is she being damned by the conservatives? No! Bristol is Saintly for 'choosing life', and merely made a mistake in judgement. Ms. Palin is a wonderful lady because she told her daughter to have that baby.
Are either of these pregnancies 'normal'? No, they are celebrity pregnancies. Neither of these girls will have to leave their baby with the lady down the street while they go off to work the night shift a 'Taco Bell', then get home at 1am and get up at 6am for school. They will not have to use a WIC check to get formula. Nor will they have to ask around if anyone has a used car seat, high chair or baby clothes they don't need anymore. They certainly won't be the focus of a 'first name only' article in the local paper looking for folks to donate gifts to the Salvation Army at Christmas time.
These girls, Spears and Palin, will have a very different view of young motherhood. There will be cute pictorial interviews in 'People' magazine. Designer baby showers, probably also featured in a pictorial, will be held for them by their families. If they want to go to college, or stage a career come-back, a very nice, quailifed Nanny will care for that baby.
What about 'real' people and their children?
I ask you, Sarah Palin, what are you going to do for pregant and young mothers who are not a privledged as your daughter? Is it going to be the same old GOP lines of not wanting anyone to ever abort, and then not caring for the child once it is born? Are you going to get some legislation passed to help these girls, or are you going to help cut government funding.
Stop the red-herring tactics and work on some real issues.
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