Steven Waldman

Steven Waldman

Bristol Palin, Britney Spears & Teaching Girls to Be Sexy (But Not Having Sex)

I’m not going to harp on the obvious irony of Bristol Palin leading a campaign against teen pregnancy. Nor am I going to wonder how Tripp Palin will feel when he grows up and watches the videos of mom talking about how she wished she hadn’t gotten pregnant right then.
What I’d like to focus on instead is the fact that her abstinence campaign is sponsored by Candie’s, a clothing line for girls. Britney Spears is their model and, not surprisingly, her job is to sell ultra-sexiness.
This is not a new point but this seems as good a time as any to remind us: you can’t teach girls to avoid sex at the same time we’re teaching them that one of the most important things in life is to be sexy…as early as possible. Candie’s, of course, isn’t alone. Girls are bombarded from every billboard and teen magazine with the same message.
But it’s hard to think of an example illustrating quite the lack of self-awareness as Candie’s. Come on eleven-year old girls — Britney wants to sell you this black, lacy thong! But first a message from Bristol Palin about abstinence!

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posted May 7, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Rather contradictory…be sexy but DON’T have sex until your married!

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posted May 9, 2009 at 1:55 pm

“I’m not going to harp on the obvious irony of Bristol Palin leading a campaign against teen pregnancy.”
You can be sure that the ‘abstinence ONLY‘ crowd aren’t going to dwell on it either, Steve.
Seems irony is a bit above their pay grade, to borrow a phrase.

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posted May 9, 2009 at 9:13 pm

The Candies campaign that Bristol is fronting has its own tank top T-Shirt that says “I’m Sexy enough to make you wait.” Parents have a lot to do with it. They want their daughters to be cute and that means having a boyfriend. What do they think the kids are doing? Parents are proud to tell you their junior high-age daughter has had a lot of boyfriends.

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posted May 17, 2009 at 9:22 am

When I was growing up there was a term for that: Dick-tease.

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posted June 1, 2009 at 11:14 am

,.britney dont take some bad comments seriously,.ur still great,.we believe in you

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