I don’t know if you’ve chanced to see or read the transcript of Bristol Palin’s interview piece with FoxNews’s Greta Van Susteren, but no matter how you slice it, I can’t help but feel awful. Her body language, her unwillingness to make eye contact, and her few go-to phrases, like “wait ten years!” and “it’s not glamourous!” make me terribly sad for her.
Sad: Her rather apologetic admission that “abstinence isn’t realistic,”* couched in between assertions that nonetheless, kids should just wait to have sex, and exactly zero mention of condoms.
Sadder still: Levi Johnston qualifies as a “really hands-on dad” because he sees his own child every day. Keep raisin’ that bar, Levi!
Saddest of all: Even as Bristol notes, repeatedly, that being the young parent of a new baby is massively stressful and life-changing and not at all what she wanted for herself, she also (rather robotically, IMHO) states that “[she] wouldn’t change a thing,” that it is totally great to be a mom, and that the baby is the most perfectest thing evar. While I don’t doubt that being a new parent is a baffling mix of emotions, I really feel like there’s more than a hint of requisite regurgitation of right-wing talking points about women and their baybeez, which has an unfortunate way of supplanting the real needs of women, like Bristol, and their babies.
Good luck to you, Bristol. I’m pulling for you.
*Exact quote: “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.