If I could, but if I actually could I probably would not. Unlike Bristol Palin’s honorarium, pregnancy is no laughing matter, despite making for a great reality TV show. Supporting and funding a speaker on abstinence education rightly provides a more balanced view toward sex and sexuality on campus.
Dear Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) and Student Union Treasury, I would like to applaud your recent decision to hire Bristol Palin as the keynote speaker for Wash. U.’s Sexual Responsibility Week. I do, however, have one small criticism: Why did the Treasury approve only $20,000 for the event? Why not the original $25,000 that SHAC asked the Treasury for?
I know you’ve been getting a lot of crap from people for voting to fund the recent SHAC appeal. I want to let you know that I support your decision.
Like many students, I was angry when I heard that Treasury granted the Student Health Advisory Committee $20,000 to fund Bristol Palin as a keynote speaker for Sex Week. Bristol is being paid roughly 2/5 of a year’s tuition while millions of teen mothers across the United States can’t get so much as a welfare check without being vilified.
Let’s set aside whether Bristol Palin is being paid by our tuition or activities fees; I promise the distinction isn’t as important as you think.
What does Bristol Palin know about college abstinence? As a teenage mother, she failed to abstain from sex or to attend college. I’m extremely frustrated that part of my already steep tuition is extending Bristol Palin’s 15 minutes of fame and furthering Sarah Palin’s own ambitious political agenda.
This past Tuesday, Jan. 25, Washington University’s Treasury approved a $20,000 appeal to bring Bristol Palin as the keynote speaker and a panelist for a discussion about abstinence in college during Sex Week. Regardless of whether one agrees with Ms. Palin’s political beliefs or lifestyle choices, the fact remains that this grant is deeply troubling.
According to its mission statement on its website, the Washington University SHAC promotes “healthy decision making” about “safer sex.” In order to promote safer sex practices and sexual responsibility, students need scientifically accurate information about unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention.
I was one of the kids who wore an orange jumpsuit and turned her back on Alberto Gonzales after he spoke. I sat in stunned silence as Karl Rove neatly eviscerated those who questioned him with a charisma, wit and intelligence that were highly impressive if not at the same time unmistakably evil. And I too crossed my fingers and prayed that Zach Braff really would reschedule next time.
Since the appeal hearing on Tuesday night, there has been, to say the least, a great deal of talk about Bristol Palin. Concerns were voiced to family and friends. Facebook and Twitter exploded with status updates, tweets and wall posts. News of Bristol’s offer to speak found its way into Student Life, The Huffington Post and local news channels the very next day.
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