"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."Like, totally duh. Couldn't keep her britches on, and any expectation that she would keep her britches on was "not realistic." Any expectation that we won't eventually see tabloid photos of Levi Johnston slamming jello shots with strippers in an Anchorage bar -- also "not realistic at all."
UPDATE: Some of the commenters are scolding me for being . . . too judgmental. Look, I have three teenagers myself, a 19-year-old daughter and twin 16-year-old sons. Being judgmental is a full-time occupation, OK? I just put one of my 16-year-old boys onto a plane to visit relatives in Ohio, where he's also got a blonde girlfriend. When I called his cell phone before he boarded the plane, what was the last thing I told him? "Keep it in your britches, son."
Understand that sexy is a hereditary condition, so it's not like the boy won't encounter temptation. But something else is hereditary, too: Extreme fecundity.
My wife is one of seven children in her family, and we've got six kids, so there's really no such thing as "safe sex" with this crew. I've had to have this little talk with my daughter and her boyfriend, much to their embarrassment. It's about 100% certain they're not having sex, because if they were, there's a 99% chance I'd be a grandpa by now.
As to the efficacy of "abstinence education" as practiced in public schools, I am not in a position to judge. But how hard is it to tell a teenager, "Keep your britches on"? And how hard is that to do? It's an instruction so simple that even a teenager can remember.
So excuse my judgmentalism if I think that maybe at some point Bristol and Levi should have noticed they weren't wearing any pants, and that they should have recognized this as a signal their gametes might soon combine to form a zygote. There's 6 billion people on this planet, which suggests the efficiency with which gametes combine when two young lovers forget to keep their britches on.
BRISTOL: "Levi., you're not wearing pants."And so it goes. Two teenagers, mysteriously pantsless, and then -- suddenly -- pregnant. A sequence of events so baffling, so bizarre that it could only happen in . . . THE TWILIGHT ZONE!UPDATE II: Gabriel Malor at AOSHQ salutes Bristol as "one brave woman," and is echoed by Ed Morrissey hailing her "courage." Yes, the admirable courage of misplacing your pants and then going on national TV to tell the world that it's "more accepted" to misplace your pants and "not realistic" to keep your pants on. Also, Ed has video of Bristol talking tabloids:
LEVI: "You noticed, huh?"
BRISTOL: "Well, yeah. I did. Like, totally."
LEVI: "Yeah. And guess what?"
LEVI: "You're not wearing pants, either!"
BRISTOL: "Oh. My. God."
LEVI: "Heh. Heh. Heh."
BRISTOL: "I can't believe I'm not wearing pants!"
BRISTOL: "I'm not wearing pants. You're not wearing pants. How did this happen?"
LEVI: "Uh . . . stuff happens."
BRISTOL: "Yeah, I guess so. What do we do now?"
LEVI: "Hmmmm. I've got an idea . . ."
Having taken plenty of abuse for being ardently pro-Palin, no amount of politics can compel me to call a spade an "entrenching implement." And as someone who has complained loudly and often about double standards in the media, I refuse to suspend my judgmentalism because this particular unwed mother is named "Bristol Palin" and not "LaShonda Watts" or "Maria Gonzales."
UPDATE III: Now frequent commenter Thirteen28 brings up the common problem with teenage boys: Testosterone-induced dementia, also known as Constant Tumescence Syndrome (CTS). Having suffered a severe case of this dread disorder -- the condition persisted well into my 20s, a rare phenomenon chronicled as a case study in various medical journals -- I am sympathetic.
However, as a father, sympathy must be put aside so that CTS does not lead to two related adolescent maladies, Hymen Disappearance Disorder and the pandemic knockedupicus virus.
As a conservative, I believe that human beings (a species that includes even that beastly subspecies, homo pimplicus adolesens) respond to incentives. Therefore the teenage Lothario, when calculating the cost-benefit analysis of nailing my daughter, must consider the negative incentive of being perforated by 12-gauge double-aught buckshot. (Five in the magazine, one in the chamber.)
Had I been married to the governor of Alaska . . . Wait. Let's pause to contemplate that hypothetical. . . . As I was saying, had I been married to the governor of Alaska, the "scandal" would have played out in headlines like this:
TEENAGE HOCKEY STAR SLAIN. . . and this:
'FIRST DUDE' SUSPECTED. . . and, perhaps, ending with this:
IN MUTILATION MURDER
OF TEEN HOCKEY STAR
GOVERNOR'S HUSBAND ACQUITTEDForget about "abstinence education." If you want to reduce teen pregnancy, you'll get more results from marksmanship training for fathers.
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UPDATE IV: Donald Douglas approves of the extreme judgmentalism.