I wish people would stop making me defend McCain and company; it makes me feel like I need to scrub myself. All the mud-slinging in reference to Sarah Palin’s daughter is the kind of bottom-feeding, slimy tactics I would expect from the McCain campaign.
First, I would like to respond to claims that none of this would have happened if only Sarah Palin had stayed home and raised her kids. While some feminists have abused the term “misogynist” to the point of rendering it virtually meaningless, I can’t think of another word to describe this line of thinking. Well, “stupid” comes to mind, but that’s rather obvious.
Bristol Palin has a mother and a father! Why aren’t people outraged by the fact that he didn’t stay home and raise his children? It’s classic misogynistic thinking.
Then there’s the finger-wagging of “See what happens when you leave children unattended?”
Bristol Palin will be eighteen-years old next month! She is not a child. It’s not rational to think that someone her age should be “attended” around the clock. She’s perfectly capable of consenting to sex and of legal age to do so. The results of her consensual sexual activity are her responsibility and do not reflect on her mother, father or anyone else.