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Video of Bristol Palin Discussing Abstinence on Good Morning America

Is Bristol Palin a Good Role Model For Teens?

Now that Bristol Palin is a teenage mother, she's promoting abstinence as a "teen ambassador." Never mind that she told Fox News back in February that abstinence is "unrealistic." Today, on the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, she appears on Good Morning America to express her unwavering somewhat wishy-washy belief in abstinence. When the interviewer asks if abstinence vs. protection is a black or white issue, Palin wanders into a gray area. Check it out.

Do you think Bristol Palin's personal experience makes her a good or a bad spokesperson on the issue of teen pregnancy? And what do you think of the PSA from Candie's — which apparently understands the issue because it makes sexy shoes?

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dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
No one is listening to her. We need tougher solutions. Palin needs to do something else.
Glambitious Glambitious 8 years
She is a cat on a hot tin roof preaching mess.
amyjoy05 amyjoy05 8 years
I think is a great role model for young girls. She's a breath of fresh air. There is nothing glamorous about being a teen mother. She made a mistake and has been acting responsible. She has every right to talk about abstinence even though she didn't practice it because she's learned what many young mothers learn--- that having a child as a teen is a HUGE life changing experience that was less than ideal at the time. I also think it is beneficial for young girls to hear from someone that abstinence is a good idea, but yes of course it is hard! Many teen girls are struggling with this issue today and to hear someone speak out and say "I made a mistake and it isn't easy practice abstinence" is great! Girls need to hear that they are not alone in their struggles. Rather than glamorize teen pregnancy and parenthood it's refreshing to have someone speak the truth. Furthermore, I wish people would remember that she's still just 17 (or 18 now?). She did not choose to be in the spotlight and yes I know the critics will say her mother put her there. However she did not choose to be. Rather she has handled the situation and media like a mature adult, yet she is still a young adult who lacks experience in dealing with the media. She is still a teen and will probably make more mistakes in the future like all of us!
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
Who in their right minds would even think of saying "Bristol Palin is a role model dear, do as she says." What happened to talking to your children first. If you can't have the talk, ask another family member if they will. I had the talk 7 times before I got into Sex ed classes in school. I heard it from my mom, dad, sister, gay brother, and cousins. I had a foundation of information and support to fall back on when the flavor of the month decided to spill her guts and ideals on TV. I know that this is not the case for some children but the key word is SOME not ALL. There is always some one who can have that talk besides the person inside the TV. Bristol Palin is just an example of the consequence of a choice. She should not and will not be the real deciding factor behind whether or not a teen girl becomes a mom or not. Parental responsibility is a powerful thing. Rant over.
I think many of you forget that she is only 18. I don't know many 18-year-old girls who will stand in front of a nation and discuss very personal mistakes. Also, how many of those looking down their noses at her just took care of a similar situation a different way?
Tamma1387 Tamma1387 8 years
Ok...As I was 17 when I had my daughter, I obviously did not practice abstinence. However, this does not mean I cannot encourage others to practice it. no matter what age a woman becomes a mother, it is difficult at times, but a child is always a blessing. Calling myself, Bristol, or any other teenage mother a hypocrite is insight to your lack of maturity. No one knows the consequences of an action better than someone who has already been through it. Another thing, being a teenage mother is not a welfare sentencing. I knew a girl in high school who had 2 kids by 20 and has gotten her degree through online classes and is working with developmentally challenged children. As for myself, I'm pre-med with a major in psychology and a minor in biology. Personally, if Bristol wants to help teen girls I think she should be working with disadvantaged teen moms who don't know all the amazing opportunities within their grasp. We won't know what kind of role model she is until she has shown she is working to better her's and her son's lives.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I heard her say that babies are not accessories and I thought that was important to state. Babies have definitely become a fetish and its insane. When a baby is photographed and the pics are sold for 4 and 14 million dollars they become commodities. But the rich and famous have money and can hire people to support them, most teens can't. Teenage pregnancy has been rapidly increasing and we need awareness and prevention. I'm hoping with this new president we can curb it a bit.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
No. She doesn't even know what she wants to "model". She is discombobulated and side-stepped the important questions. She needs a new career.
lifeloveandlattes lifeloveandlattes 8 years
She is probably the worst speaker I've ever seen/heard.
"I'm all for the idea of teen moms advocating safe sex and talking about the difficulties of being a teen mom, but only after they've grown up and have an adult perspective on it." Why later? If it's hard as a teen, why not talk about it when you're still a teen? If you're an adult talking about it, teens are going to tune you out.
I reserve judgment on whether or not she's being awful to the baby's father, as he's the one who went on a talk show to discuss their relationship. Not cool.
SouthernBelle82 SouthernBelle82 8 years
I think as other's have said she wouldn't be good for abstinence only. Especially when she has once said it isn't realistic. I think people will be questioning which to believe from her. I think she would be great though to talk about what it's like being a young teenage mother and those challenges even though she's being awful to the baby's father.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
Lmao dude! I'm sure i said before that some who preach and whine about abstinence also take part in anal sex with the excuse that it's not really sex. Pffft!
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Her bf said they used condoms. Obviously not all the time, they had access to bc... get you info straight. And again, she is not advocating abstinence only education, just advocating teens use abstinence. Again please get you facts straight before railing on her.
angell23 angell23 8 years
I'm all for the idea of teen moms advocating safe sex and talking about the difficulties of being a teen mom, but only after they've grown up and have an adult perspective on it. As for abstinence only...if someone chooses that, then great, but the research shows that abstinence only education doesn't work.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I don't think she is a role model but I have to disagree with some people here. Sometimes the best person to give advice is a person who has lived through the consequences of your choice. My sister was a teenage mom. While I didn't practice abstinence, it scared me enough to get birth control when I became sexually active. I just don't believe in teaching abstinence only. It sets a precedent for dangerously misinformed choices. If I hadn't been sat down and given the sex talk after my sister became pregnant I have no idea where I would be now. I knew what my options were and abstinence was one while safe sex was seen as the only other choice.
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
I think she can be a role model if she were allowed to speak candidly about her experience. Her early comments were honest and I respected her much more then. Now she is becoming a puppet for her mother's agenda. I do not support abstinence only education and believe it is the worse disservice we can do to our teens. However, I think she is a great example of how it doesn't work. She is a person brought up in a home that focused on abstinence only and she was not able to practice it. What about teens brought up in homes were sex isn't even discussed. How confused must they be. Plus, the media and abstinence only programs promote lies and falsehoods regarding sex it is hard to learn the truth for most teens. Abstinence is the only 100% way to not become pregnant or receive an STI but it isn't the only way. Clearly, teens from all background have trouble heading this advice and need to know how to protect themselves. Teen motherhood is not easy and I think the media focus celebrities like Palin and Jamie Lynn Spears sends a dangerous message to young girls. These are 2 examples of teens from privileged backgrounds who have full economic and physical support from their families. A young girl in middle America or the inner city may not have that protection and to often they are the ones who end up living on the streets unable to provide for their children or victims of domestic abuse. It is difficult to ignore the facts. By all means, promote abstinence but don't act as if it is so easy to practice because clearly, Palin as an example, it isn't. I also don't understand how we think that teens who don't learn how to protect themselves will magically figure it out when they turn 18. It isn't a mystical number that brings wisdom and understanding. That is why most new cases of HIV and other STIs are in the young people ages 18-25. Get past the awkwardness of the situation and have a grown up conversation with teens. For an overly sexed society people seem to be afraid of it. I guess a woman's body should only be pure and virtuous when it isn't being used for entertainment or male arousal. The media sure doesn't care that Palin's ex-boyfriend was a sexually active teen. Instead, it is all about what this young girl did with her body. It is all so perverse and little icky!
HTCmom HTCmom 8 years
I think she's being disingenuous, you can tell she's uncomfortable talking about this. When I saw her originally on Fox discussing abstinence not being realistic, I was sympathetic & thought she was would make a great spokesperson. She just doesn't seem to be believable on this topic.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Did she say she even USED protection?
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
And it didn't say she is only promoting abstinence, just that she is promoting it. It is true that it is the only fool proof way to prevent unwanted pregnancies and stds. Even my husband who was a virtual man whore in high school and college even said that having sex wouldn't have been worth it. She is using her personal experience to say, "hey even protection doesn't work." kids are kids and they are no more likely to use protection correctly then they are to practice abstinence. I practiced abstinence until I was out of high school. And I think it is a valid desire to wants all kids to just wait until they are adults before having sex.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
People are giving her a hard time, she is no less suited to be a role model in trying to prevent teen pregnancy then Ozzy Osbourne is for preventing drug use. If anyone is a hypocrite, it is all the nay sayers.
Is it me, or is being called 'virgin' almost as bad as being called 'Christian'?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
abstinence is completely realistic, Self control is part of learning how to be an adult and if we give our kids tools to learn how to take control over their own bodies and not sabotage their goals they can certainly stay abstinent. By saying "well they are going to to it anyway" is taking that power away from them and handing them failure. I agree that they should be taught about birth control, educated about sex, but not told "we know you are going to have sex so here are some condoms" might as well book them a hotel.
zeze zeze 8 years
I wouldn't call her a role model, but I do like the that she took responsibility for her irresponsible actions and had the baby. I'm pro-life, so the fact that she didn't run off and get an abortion is something I respect about her. Most teens have sex, all teens make mistakes, her handling of her mistake is admirable, IMO.
janneth janneth 8 years
The shoe guy sounds like a joke.
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