Bristol Palin, infamous teen mom, was paid $262,000 to be the abstinence ambassador for the Candie’s Foundation. The Candie’s foundation was founded in 2001 to help shape the way American teens think about teen pregnancy and parenthood. Although Candie’s abstinence campaign may be seen as a public service, was Bristol Palin the right choice to be their ambassador?
Most teen mothers are not afforded the opportunities for hefty financial payouts the way Bristol Palin has been. I am sure that it was very easy for Bristol to admit that teen pregnancy wasn’t the best choice for her especially when offered a large sum of money to say so. I am pretty sure that many teen moms regret having unprotected sex that first week of their newborn’s life. They however are not rewarded for their revelations.
Bristol came into the national spotlight when her mother Sarah Palin and John McCain were campaigning for the 2008 presidential election. At the time, Bristol was quite an embarrassment to her mother. Sarah Palin was very strong on her feelings about abstinence being the only sex education acceptable for teens. Sarah Palin tried to be the “soccer” mom who was fighting for the average person. While she was busy preaching to the masses about teen abstinence, her daughter was doing the opposite.
Sarah Palin showed how out of touch a parent can be with her teenager. To be so vocal about an issue like teen abstinence and then have your own daughter become pregnant with the world watching and judging your parenting skills had to be tough. Sorry to be judgmental but that is what you get when you shoot your mouth off about your beliefs but fail to notice what your own child is doing.
Bristol Palin did not ask to be judged by the world for becoming a teen mom but she certainly has learned how to cash in on it. Aside from her role as Abstinence Ambassador, she also appeared on Dancing With the Stars for an undisclosed amount.
What I want to know is why Candie’s felt that Bristol Palin would be the best choice to be their face of abstinence to American teens? Is there no other teenager in America who has chosen abstinence without having had an out-of-wedlock baby first?
Certainly there are teenage celebrities who have chosen abstinence and proudly show it by wearing a promise ring that would be a better choice for this position.
To me, using Bristol Palin as an abstinence ambassador only goes to show that abstinence as a method of sex education for teenagers is a big failure. Preventing teen pregnancy takes educating teens about the risks of unprotected sex and about birth control.
Telling a teen that you were a teen mom and sharing how hard it is while you collect a hefty paycheck for promoting abstinence is a joke. It is like telling your teen, don’t do what I do. Are American teens really so gullible that they are going to take the advice of Bristol Palin? It seems to me that single motherhood has been pretty profitable for her.
Yes, the average American teenager will not have the financial opportunities that Bristol Palin has had but with programs like MTV’s Teen Mom, I am pretty sure that there are some very ignorant teens who may think that teen pregnancy is not such a bad idea.
If you want to promote abstinence, you might do better if you choose a spokesperson who actually practices it and proves that it works. Better yet, maybe parents should have open conversations with their teenagers about sex.
Some parents (because of religious or moral beliefs) may insist that abstinence is what they are teaching their children but I am of the opinion (yes, my opinion) is that touting abstinence is not always the most effective way of dealing with the subject.
As a former teen mom myself, abstinence was not just taught to me, it was demanded. Since I did become pregnant as a teenager, it obviously didn’t work.
Needless to say, I raised my own children differently. We talked about sexuality. Because of the open dialog, my teenagers made smarter decisions than I did. Abstinence may work for some teens, but it doesn’t work for them all.
Show America a teen that it has worked for and maybe you would be able to ‘”sell it” better than having Bristol Palin, teen mom as Abstinence Ambassador.