Recently, two children of affluent families of conservative values have have found themselves in the media spotlight for unintended reasons. First you have Josh Duggar, who had been investigated as a teen for molesting five underage girls – four of whom were his sisters. Next you had Bristol Palin, an abstinence only spokesperson announcing last week that she is expecting a child her second child out of wedlock.
Once the Josh Duggar incest molestation scandal broke the word hypocrisy was thrown about, and rightly so. The Duggars covered it up for a year, reluctantly involved to the police and ran for senate on a campaign that incest should be punishable by death. They also actively campaigned against equal rights for Transgenders using the war-cry: “Think of the children.”
Now that news has broke that Bristol Palin is pregnant again, it is fine to use the word hypocrite once more. After all what mental gymnastics, and cognitive dissonance are required to be a highly paid spokesperson for Saving It For Jesus or what-the-hell-ever while being sexually active. I suppose it’s possible she has only had sex two times and is one of the most fertile woman in the world.
To be sure, when you put yourself so high above others, but don’t practice what you preach, your fall is that much harder. If this had happen to Sasha or Malia Obama, you can bet that the Right-Wing Zealots would be accusing the Obamas of being terrible, horrible parents.
What isn’t cool is how so much of the criticism and humor boil down to Slut Shaming. She opens herself to jokes due to her “abstinence only” approaches to sex education that eschew birth control. So it’s perfectly fair to make a comment like “I don’t think that is how abstinence is supposed to work.” But saying things like how she can’t keep her pants on are not only factually precarious but just plain mean.
Let’s not forget that the women in the act that took two is the only one called to the carpet and receiving all of the abuse.
What Josh Duggar and his parents did was illegal, not to mention immoral and just plan wrong on so many levels. But having consensual sex and getting pregnant, is not against the law. So please don’t bash Bristol for being sexually active. Bash her for not acknowledging the hypocrisy of being paid large sums of money to lecture about abstinence and then intentionally getting pregnant out of wedlock.