Bristol Palin Preaches Pregnancy for The Privileged Only

Posted: April 8, 2010 by jerkmagblog in SAGE -- editor's picks
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Dear Bristol Palin,

Celebrating my 20th birthday meant a few things: one more year until I’m legal, Syracuse beat Villanova in a historical NCAA basketball match-up, and I dodged the possibility of falling victim to teenage pregnancy.

There has been a surge of teenage pregnancy in popular culture throughout the past few years, like Ellen Page’s famous breakout role in Juno, MTV’s reality show “16 and Pregnant,” and ABC Family’s hit series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” While pop culture has a strong hold on this subject matter, I’ve been aware of your baby situation due to all of your media appearances.

Of all the appearances and publicity stints, this new Candies commercial really takes the cake.

You and I actually do have something in common. I’m a huge advocate for standing up for what you believe in, you’re beliefs are just kind of skewed.

On the one hand, your honesty is somewhat admirable in acknowledging the difficulties of raising a baby before you graduate high school, but instead of showing the negative affects of getting pregnant, another idea is to promote alternatives to teenage pregnancy. There are these crazy prevention methods legally available called birth control pills, condoms, and the morning after pill.

Focusing on options other than the consequences of giving birth may be more beneficial than exemplifying the struggles that not-famous, “regular” people experience when getting pregnant (which is pretty ironic, considering your mom runs on the platform that she’s just like every other hardworking American, just your average “Joe Six-Pack”).

Overall, the advertisement is kind of creepy and I’m not a huge fan of the Candie’s foundation telling young girls who aren’t celebrities to be more careful than those who are “privileged.” But nice try.

Best of luck,
Krystie Lee Yandoli

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