Interestingly enough, Britain's sex ed news comes on the heels' of Sarah Palin's rather defensive interview with People magazine, where she gets her (doubtless $400 bucks a pop) panties in a bunch when asked about her views on sexual education. Clearly uncomfortable, Palin sputtered:
PEOPLE: Has [Bristol's pregnancy] changed how you talk about sex with your other children?
SP: I've always been a proponent of making sure kids understand – even in schools – they'd better take preventative measures so that they don't find themselves in these less than ideal circumstances. Perhaps Bristol could be a good example to other young women that life happens and preventative measures are, first and foremost, the option that should be considered –
PEOPLE: Do you mean abstinence or contraception?
SP: Well, both. Ideally abstinence. But we have not been ones to say that students, should not know what preventive measures are all about. I've been taken aback by some criticism that mainstream media has thrown my way saying, Oh, what a hypocrite she is and she's now learned her lesson because she's been against sex education in the schools. And I'm like, when? Where? When have I ever said that there should be no sex education taught in our homes or even in our schools?
Exceeeeeeept......when Palin ran for governor of Alaska in 2006, she told the conservative organization, the Eagle Forum, that she supported abstinence-only education for Alaskan teens. (Alaskan teens like her pregnant daughter.) According to MSNBC, when asked on the Eagle Forum's survey:
Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?
Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.
So, that's where you wrote that there should be no sex education in our schools. Come on, Sarah. You're not fooling anybody. We know you've got on a "thong for abstinence" underneath those $150,000 Nieman Marcus threads!
The country that brought loopy eyeliner, messy beehive hairdos and people named "Posh" and "Becks" to American culture has finally come up with something reasonable. Let's hope this one gets imported -- right, mate?