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Do You Agree With Bristol Palin That Abstinence Is Unrealistic?

When Sarah Palin was running for vice president, it was all over the news that her daughter, Bristol Palin, only 17 years old, was pregnant and engaged to marry her high school boyfriend. Now 18 and a new mom, she's speaking out in hopes of preventing other young teens from becoming parents. In an interview with Greta Van Susteren on a recent FOX News segment, Bristol said she wants to be an advocate against teen pregnancy, and encourages all teens to wait 10 years until they're married, living in their own home, and stable in their career before starting a family.

Even though her mother is a staunch "right to life" advocate, Bristol believes that in this day and age, her mother's view on abstinence is "not realistic at all." So what do you think? Do you agree that sex is acceptable at a younger age now and pregnancy prevention is what should be the main focus in schools? Or should educators still try to push teens to be abstinent?

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N4RPS N4RPS 5 years
This 'abstinence is unrealistic' viewpoint is a lie from hell. Both Bristol AND Levi get this notion from Sarah. It is something that anyone who thinks of voting for her should consider before doing so. I'm here to tell you that abstinence until marriage IS realistic! To close, so much for the 'high moral ground' of the GOP. What it IS is hypocrisy. No, I'm not a Democrat, either. I vote with my conscience.
N4RPS N4RPS 5 years
This 'abstinence is unrealistic' viewpoint is a lie from hell. Both Bristol AND Levi get this notion from Sarah. It is something that anyone who thinks of voting for her should consider before doing so. I'm here to tell you that abstinence until marriage IS realistic!To close, so much for the 'high moral ground' of the GOP. What it IS is hypocrisy. No, I'm not a Democrat, either. I vote with my conscience.
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
I think teaching just abstinence is teaching ignorance because if someone does not know the facts then they will not realize how to protect theirselves when the time does come. A lot of young girls are pressured into having sex, and they need ready tools (wear a condom, birth control, how to prevent against STDS, etc), to have when the moment comes. A teenage girl does not need the world telling her no because teenagers love to rebel.
sparklestar sparklestar 7 years
I work with teen mothers who are homeless/facing homelessness. You know what would wake up some of these kids who leave high school and think they can get pregnant for a comfortable life?? VISITING A MOTHER AND BABY UNIT. You DO NOT want to end up in one of those. The girls I work with are typically uneducated and of lower classes - Bristol is a real "anomaly"... I guess she can thank her overbearing mother for giving her enough confidence issues to need to have sex young. Seriously.
sparklestar sparklestar 7 years
I work with teen mothers who are homeless/facing homelessness. You know what would wake up some of these kids who leave high school and think they can get pregnant for a comfortable life?? VISITING A MOTHER AND BABY UNIT.You DO NOT want to end up in one of those. The girls I work with are typically uneducated and of lower classes - Bristol is a real "anomaly"... I guess she can thank her overbearing mother for giving her enough confidence issues to need to have sex young. Seriously.
Colleeninator Colleeninator 7 years
I think it's unrealistic to expect everyone to abstain simply because people that don't want to, won't. Here we go, CP: You say the people that think it's not realistic have no control. Well, if they have no control... then it's not realistic to expect those people to abstain, is it? And if some people can't remain abstinent, then it's not realistic for the whole population. And I think the more important question is not whether people CAN remain abstinent, but whether people will choose to remain abstinent. Plenty of people will hear "Don't have sex!" and think "Okay, why?" and then do it anyways, and get pregnant and acquire all kinds of nasty STDs because no one ever told them how to use a condom.
Colleeninator Colleeninator 7 years
I think it's unrealistic to expect everyone to abstain simply because people that don't want to, won't.Here we go, CP: You say the people that think it's not realistic have no control. Well, if they have no control... then it's not realistic to expect those people to abstain, is it? And if some people can't remain abstinent, then it's not realistic for the whole population.And I think the more important question is not whether people CAN remain abstinent, but whether people will choose to remain abstinent. Plenty of people will hear "Don't have sex!" and think "Okay, why?" and then do it anyways, and get pregnant and acquire all kinds of nasty STDs because no one ever told them how to use a condom.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
the people who do not think its realistic, have no control
MrsRachel MrsRachel 7 years
Good grief! I hate it when people don't believe that abstinence is realistic. I dated my husband for over three years, was engaged for a little less than one, and we were both virgins on our wedding night (at age 22). Many of my friends were "able" to do this as well. We the age of the "Fast Food Syndrome". I want X and I want it now. I will not wait. I will not be patient. Give me X. Let me tell you, waiting wasn't always easy, but it also wasn't always hard. And I am so glad that I did.
MrsRachel MrsRachel 7 years
Good grief! I hate it when people don't believe that abstinence is realistic. I dated my husband for over three years, was engaged for a little less than one, and we were both virgins on our wedding night (at age 22). Many of my friends were "able" to do this as well. We the age of the "Fast Food Syndrome". I want X and I want it now. I will not wait. I will not be patient. Give me X. Let me tell you, waiting wasn't always easy, but it also wasn't always hard. And I am so glad that I did.
Jinx Jinx 7 years
I agree. Abstinence is unrealistic.
pioneers pioneers 7 years
I'm sorry, but the main issue here is that she is saying that teens should "wait ten years to have sex" and then that "abstinence is not realistic." ...didn't you just say that people should abstain?
pioneers pioneers 7 years
I'm sorry, but the main issue here is that she is saying that teens should "wait ten years to have sex" and then that "abstinence is not realistic."...didn't you just say that people should abstain?
sundaygreen sundaygreen 7 years
The fact of the matter is that the concept of 'this day and age' isn't applicable. Teens are going to bone eachother no matter what - and it doesn't matter what year you're living in! Do you think teens weren't fucking when Sarah Palin was growing up? It's about teaching safe sex. The minute you tell someone they're not supposed to do something - they want to do it.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 7 years
The fact of the matter is that the concept of 'this day and age' isn't applicable. Teens are going to bone eachother no matter what - and it doesn't matter what year you're living in! Do you think teens weren't fucking when Sarah Palin was growing up?It's about teaching safe sex. The minute you tell someone they're not supposed to do something - they want to do it.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I think that both contraceptives and abstinence should be taught equally and treated as a personal choice, not something that is forced on anyone. In Aus both are taught and it seems to do most people a world of good. I don't think abstinence is unrealistic, I just think that it should be treated as a personal choice, and those that choose it are making a decision based upon facts and personal beliefs instead of doing it cause someone else told them to.
cotedazur cotedazur 7 years
Why does abstinence need to be "taught"? What is there to teach? Proper use of contraception, on the other hand, requires information, education, knowledge... and that's why schools should teach sex ed. It's completely unreasonable to expect that an entire class will wait until marriage to have sex.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I find it very strange to teach abstinence...Kids are ready when they're ready. Might be with 14, might be with 24. But when they do have sex, they need to know all about std's and birth control.
0fashionqueen 0fashionqueen 7 years
Yes I do because sex is a very tricky thing to avoid in today's society and if you are a drinker you can lose control. So you never know what is going on around you.
macchiatolove macchiatolove 7 years
I completely agree with sourcherry.Abstinence itself is not unrealistic, but as many other posters have said, abstinence only education IS. It's dangerous to prevent teens from getting the information they need to make their own informed decision.Abstinence is fine, but A. It should not be pushed on anyone, and B. it should be the choice of the individuals involved, not their parents, friends, teachers or anyone else. I once dated a guy who had been taught sex education in a religious, Pro-Abstinence environment, and he'd somehow got the idea that women were pregnant for 11 months! If he couldn't even figure gestation periods out, how much did he know about how to properly use condoms or other birth control, their effectiveness, and the danger of STDs, not to mention how best to detect and/or prevent them!I say, teens should be given the opportunity to make the best choice for THEM. whatever that may be, as well as access to condoms and/or other forms of contraceptive.
macchiatolove macchiatolove 7 years
I completely agree with sourcherry. Abstinence itself is not unrealistic, but as many other posters have said, abstinence only education IS. It's dangerous to prevent teens from getting the information they need to make their own informed decision. Abstinence is fine, but A. It should not be pushed on anyone, and B. it should be the choice of the individuals involved, not their parents, friends, teachers or anyone else. I once dated a guy who had been taught sex education in a religious, Pro-Abstinence environment, and he'd somehow got the idea that women were pregnant for 11 months! If he couldn't even figure gestation periods out, how much did he know about how to properly use condoms or other birth control, their effectiveness, and the danger of STDs, not to mention how best to detect and/or prevent them! I say, teens should be given the opportunity to make the best choice for THEM. whatever that may be, as well as access to condoms and/or other forms of contraceptive.
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
Its not for everyone. But it can work, I'm living proof. I'm almost 21 and I'm still a virgin. I believe schools should teach both abstinence and methods of birth control... my school did.
glamourette142 glamourette142 7 years
Sex education should included both choosing to be abstinence and how to protect yourself if you decided not to be and what forms of birth control are out there.
Beaner Beaner 7 years
I think both should be discussed in schools, but discussion of birth control methods is a must. More often than not, teens are going to experiment and choose to have sex than abstain, so they need to know how to protect themselves from STIs and pregnancy.
Rebecca14916991 Rebecca14916991 7 years
I think that it is unrealistic. Sex ed shouldn't be about one extreme or the other, but include both, and also stress that abstinence is a perfectly good choice for boys as well as girls. I knew so many girls in high school who were respected if they wanted to wait, but most guys got totally humiliated if it was found out they were virgins, especially junior and senior year. I think that it should be taught that abstinence in guys is good too, and that they are to be respected for that choice, at the very least because they're looking out for more than just themselves in the long run by making it. Girls and abstinence means not getting themselves pregnant; guys and abstinence means that they won't get a girl pregnant, and by making that choice a guy is taking responsibility for his actions towards women, which I heartily applaud.
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