Despite becoming the poster child for exactly why abstinence education does not work, Bristol Palin has decided to return to promoting this failed initiative. This is a complete reversal from the position she cited in an interview with Greta Van Susteren.
VAN SUSTEREN: I don’t want to pry to personally, but I mean, actually, contraception is an issue here. Is that something that you were just lazy about or not interested, or do you have a philosophical or religious opposition to it or…
BRISTOL: No. I don’t want to get into detail about that. But I think abstinence is, like — like, the — I don’t know how to put it — like, the main — everyone should be abstinent or whatever, but it’s not realistic at all.
Clearly Mama Palin still very much desires to push her conservative values on her daughter, in an attempt to promote her political agenda. This is not about supporting children, or making sure that they have the correct information to make the right decisions; this is about control.
When it became public knowledge that Levi was planning on going on the Tyra Show, Sarah Palin issued the following statement:
"Bristol did not even know Levi was going on the show. We're disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention, and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship," says the statement from the Palin family rep.
"Bristol's focus will remain on raising Tripp, completing her education, and advocating abstinence," the statement continues. "It is unfortunate that Levi finds it more appealing to exploit his previous relationship with Bristol than to contribute to the well being of the child."
The statement ends, saying, "Bristol realizes now that she made a mistake in her relationship and is the one taking responsibility for their actions."
Though both parties are definitely working an agenda, I certainly find Levi to the more credible of the two.
And of course he admits to something we already suspected, they did not engage in protected sex every time. A failure to consistently use protection is something that has become quite common with children and teenagers that are taught abstinence only education. Since they function under the misconception that they are not going to engage in sex, they often fail to take the proper precautions which leads to STD’s and in the case of Bristol and Levi, unplanned pregnancy. Sarah Palin is more interested in retaining her conservative credentials than speaking honestly about teenage sex and sexuality.
Am I the only one that thinks that Levi dodged a bullet when this relationship failed? Despite being recast as the “good girl” that made one mistake, clearly this relationship had an ongoing sexual side that Sarah Palin sees necessary to deny. Though I do not wish a separation between mother and daughter, Bristol is clearly is very much still under her mothers control,and this means that what ever decisions she makes cannot be autonomous.
If Levi had married into that family, he would have been expected to preach the party line whether or not he agreed with it. Speaking the truth about what occurred is not showing a lack of concern for his son. He simply had the courage courage to inform others that even one time without appropriate precautions, is one time to many. No doubt there will be repercussions for his candid statements as Sarah Palin has been known to never forget a slight but then what do I know, I’m just a blogger sitting at home in pyjamas and and apparently I am incapable of having a legitimate opinion according to Sarah Palin, queen of the tundra.