Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Bristol Palin and The Double Standard..
Posted by Ann Brock
Why is Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter “off-limits” and deserves some privacy? May be its that double standard thing. The religious right rather than condemn Bristol for “living in sin instead they commend her for not getting an abortion. On the other hand, let that had been a black unwed teenager from the inner city who's pregnant, these same right winger would denounce it as evidence that our society is crumbling apart. So kinda way they would have blame HIP-HOP. Where is the fire-and-brimstone crowd? The right wing is trying to make Bristol Palin out to be a role model. Really! Now Bristol Palin is the role model for how pregnant teenage girls should react in such circumstances? Please! give me a break with this non-sense. When a teenage welfare mom gets pregnant and opts against an abortion, how many times do we hear this as a “life-affirming” moment? When do we hear members of Congress go so far as to say that these girls are role-models? You don’t. When the subject is a pregnancy to an unwed, minority teenage mother growing up in some urban area, it becomes fodder for lectures from conservatives about bad parenting, the perils of welfare spending and so on. But when the subject is a pregnancy to an unwed, white teenager from some small town in a Republican state, it’s a celebration of the wonders of God's magnificence—and choosing life! My question why the double standard? Why is it OK for the daughter of a right-wing Governor to be pregnant and unmarried but not for a poor black teenager? Sounds to me like double standard.