I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It's a piece about Sarah Palin... and what I do, and don't, think are important questions when considering her (snicker) qualifications to be Vice President of the United States.
It's titled The Obligatory Sarah Palin Column, Or, Why I Don’t Care About A Pregnant 17 Year Old, and here's the teaser:
I just don't care that much.
About the pregnant seventeen year old, I mean.
I suppose this is an abdication of my responsibility as a lefty sex writer. But I just don't care that much that the 2008 Republican nominee for vice-president has a 17-year-old daughter who's unmarried and pregnant.
I don’t even care all that much about the hypocritical double standard: how Sarah Palin and the Republicans want us to respect Bristol Palin's personal and sexual privacy but don't want to respect anyone else's. That sort of double standard isn't the most charming trait in the world, especially in an elected official... but it's also very human. We all cut slack, and make excuses, and act protectively, for the people we're close to. It's probably not morally perfect, but I'm not sure I'd want to live in a world where it wasn’t true.
When it comes to Sarah Palin, here's what I do care about.
To find out what I care about regarding Sarah Palin -- when it comes to her views on sex, as well as other topics -- read the rest of the piece. Enjoy!