Bristol Palin, Sarah Palin's daughter, is in the news again, this time signing up with the Candies Foundation. For those that don't know, Candies is a clothing maker, specializing in tween girl fashions. Their line-up of high heels and thong panties can best be described as "coochie mama". And marketed to tweens...folks, you can't see it, but I have a bucket on the desk next to me in case I need it while writing this.
Candies apparently is aware of the connotations of their marketing (this is the same company that had a print ad campaign long ago with Jenny McCarthy sitting on a toilet with her panties around her ankles. Yup, sure made me want to run out and buy their shit). So they set up an organization that they sponsor, telling tween girls that dressing like a renegade from the Red Light District doesn't mean you should act like one. So stay sexually inactive...just live your fantasy by buying our stuff.
Bristol Palin is doing a barnstorming tour for the Candies Foundation, preaching abstinence. What gives her the goddamn right to do that? Oh, wait...a few months ago, after the birth of her son but before she dumped the father she was supposed to marry, she had said 1) abstinence was hard 2) abstinence was unrealistic and 3) she's living proof. This set the hardliners in the Republican Party up in arms, because abstinence only education is what they want. I sense Sarah Palin and Bristol came to a sort of understanding here, since they need the R's help for Palin's own political ambitions outside of Alaska (why they'd want the help of a party that threw their own candidate under the bus just so they could keep their government spending bucks is beyond me). So here's the first step, saying abstinence is the way to go after all.
One of the dumbest comments Bristol is making is that "abstinence is the only guaranteed way to avoid pregnancy". Uh-huh. Even if we take contraceptives off the table, how many sex acts can you think of that won't result in pregnancy (this is why saddlebacking is on the rise at religious schools across the country)? Either Bristol has a very limited imagination, very limited knowledge of sex (she was still in high school, after all. Nobody becomes Xaviera Hollander by they time they get the cap and gown), or she's putting on a public face to help her mother get in the good graces of the people controlling her political party. It's not enough that they want to control people's sexuality, they are also controlling their careers. Yeah, let me sign up with this group of morons.
Oh, and in the interest of giving credit where it's due -- the day after Bristol started her tour, Obama did something I actually liked. With one stroke, he eliminated ALL funding to abstinence only education, a farce that started under the Clinton administration (Clinton endorsing abstinence is like Patrick Stewart endorsing Rogaine) and has seen teen pregnancies increase by multiples. Ignoring sex will not make it go away. Preparing kids, so that they know how to protect themselves if they decide to have sex, is what is needed.