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In which YT solves Sarah Palin’s daughter’s dilemma

I think most Icelanders have been following the recent Astonishing Revelations About Sarah Palin’s Pregnant Teenage Daughter with a wry sort of amusement, especially the part where the Republicans fall all over themselves in their haste to declare … but she’s going to marry the father. As if that’s the magic cure for her oh-so dire predicament.

Teenage pregnancy is not an unknown issue here in Niceland [apparently Icelandic teenagers are among the youngest in the world – if not the youngest – to start having sex, not saying this is a good thing] but forcing a pregnant teenage girl to marry the father of her child is virtually unheard of. One of my friends got pregnant when she was 17, and I suspect that any suggestion of her marrying the father would have been thought ludicrous.

Seriously, I cannot get my head around this panic that some people go into when it comes to forcing pregnant teenagers into marriage. It just seems totally irrational when the likelihood of that marriage being a long and happy one are minimal. It’s crazy.

I’m aware of the fact that single parents don’t enjoy the same amount of support – familial or social – in every country, and I know there are a lot of very poor single-parent families in the United States. I also know – from experience – that being a single parent is a tough, tough call. But so is being locked into a miserable marriage.

So if Sarah Palin’s daughter really loves the guy and thinks the marriage has a chance, she should proabably marry him. If not, she should just move to Niceland and wing it, like we do here.

WE’LL EVEN THROW IN SOME GOOD WEATHER
Yesterday was incredibly beautiful. One of those gentle late-summer days with mellow sunshine and an all-is-well-in-the-world vibe. I could hardly bear to be inside so I spent most of the day outside taking pictures, which I shall upload to Flickr in due course. Today we have more of the same, although I believe it’s not quite as warm. Right now it’s 11°C [52F] and the sun came up at 6.17 am, will set at 8.35 pm.

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  • Clement September 3, 2008, 11:59 am

    Hello Alda, lured out of lurking as you’ve touched on my top soapbox! This enlightened view of young single mothers is one of my favourite things about the Nicelanders, and I strongly believe it has a positive effect on so many aspects of society there. In the UK & Ireland there is also a pressure for young couples to get married in these circumstances – utter nonsense and it always ends in tears. The pressure is supposedly to relieve the stigma but the stigma should not be there in the first place!

  • Keera September 3, 2008, 12:01 pm

    You’re forgetting which Republicans are delirious with joy at the marriage: The extreme Christian right.

  • Chris September 3, 2008, 1:00 pm

    Well, must be extreme embarassing, if you promote being abstinent and all that stuff and then your daughter gets pregnant before getting married or even being an adult.
    I personally wouldn’t care, things happen (although I hope, that my daughter will be wiser some day), but forcing people into marriage is even more crazy.

  • Dumdad September 3, 2008, 1:17 pm

    I believe she’s going to name the baby Barack….

  • Melissa September 3, 2008, 2:10 pm

    A friend of mine recently stated that the chances of her daughter getting married are in direct proportion to McCain winning the election. If he doesn’t she won’t 😉

  • andrea September 3, 2008, 3:45 pm

    Hear! Hear! (And I love Melissa’s response.)

  • alda September 3, 2008, 4:40 pm

    Clement – amen! And now I know what it takes to get you to comment. :0)

    Keera – but of course! I thought that went without saying …

    Chris – yes, I think it must be quite embarrassing. We’ll see how she spins it this evening.

    Dumdad – *snort*

    Melissa – perfect!! lol

    andrea – me too.

  • Sirry September 3, 2008, 5:44 pm

    I wonder if the Republican’s will all pull out their shotguns and make the boy marry that girl? Then the chance of McCain winning might be greater. That would be such a sad, tragic…sorry disastrous day in history.
    Oh, and did you guys know that the boy had written on his blog that he did eventually want to get married someday but he never wanted to have children.
    This came up on ‘The View’ this morning and it’s already been deleted.
    Also that Palin woman is quite the B…. as she’s heard on a radio station laugh out loud when a host makes fun of a senator (L.Green) who was battling cancer

    Yeah the right wing Americans could most certainly lighten up a lot and that young Palin girl is not getting what she needs right now, all the negative attention. Does she even know what true love is at the age of 17? Is the brain even developed enough to know the difference of sex and love. Hmm I wonder

    Well she sure is making things much more interesting. Good for John Edward and his *cough, cough* baby 🙂

  • Kate September 3, 2008, 5:46 pm

    Alda… my only comment is that you catch up with current affairs in such a graceful way and it makes this blog so enjoyable 🙂

  • Dankoozy September 3, 2008, 6:01 pm

    Clothes hanger maybe?

    and this chick is from Alaska – all sorts of crazy shit goes down in freaking Alaska. The real father is probably her first cousin or something. not that I give a damn

  • Bluegrass Mama September 3, 2008, 8:34 pm

    ROFL at Melissa’s statement! My main thought on the whole thing is to question Palin’s parental judgment in accepting the nomination, knowing that her daughter’s situation would be thrust into the limelight.

    And I’m with you on the whole shotgun marriage thing, even though my ILs married under similar circumstances almost 56 years ago and are still together.

  • Jon September 3, 2008, 9:13 pm

    And now McCain wants us to stop asking questions! Sure, whatever they want to do is alright with me. NOT!

  • Jessie September 3, 2008, 10:08 pm

    Lol, I can’t believe this Twilight Zone episode is circulating around the world. I love your take on it.

    At least the debates will be interesting. 🙂

    OT: just wondering (if you have time/energy to respond), what your take is on whether it is difficult for foreigners to move to Niceland without having first secured some type of employment?

  • Auður September 3, 2008, 10:22 pm

    Flottur nýji bannerinn, með bláberjunum 🙂

  • alda September 3, 2008, 10:36 pm

    Sirry – I honestly don’t think kids have the maturity to make something work when they’re so young – at least not in our day and age.

    Kate – thank you. 🙂

    Dankoozy – tsk.

    Cat – Good point about the parenting. Also, I think it’s kind of appalling the way that poor boy is being thrust into the spotlight now. And – good for your ILs! Still, I wonder if it’s more difficult today, when there is so much choice, and so much acceptance of divorce and such. Hard to say, and probably solely dependent on the individuals.

    Jon – no no, keep asking!

    Jessie – but of course – your current presidential race is about the most exciting thing around these days. It’s epic! As for your question – I think it’s difficult everywhere to move to a country without having a job. I guess it’s easier if you have a lot of money to get by until you find one, but still it’s tough. And especially now, with the economic situation. Also you have to bear in mind restrictions on work permits. EU and EEA members can work here freely, but others can’t.

    Auður – loksins tók einhver eftir því! Takk. 🙂

  • delara September 4, 2008, 1:29 am

    I think the entire thing is a dog and pony show. “Look,” says McCain, “Republicans are hip too! We have a female as a running mate! And she’s from Alaska! And her experience level is comparative to Obama! And her son’s in the army, her husband’s in the oil trade, she has a down’s syndrome baby and her eldest daughter is pregnant but will marry the daddy! Aren’t we great!?”

    I tell you, I am exhausted!

  • Karen* September 4, 2008, 1:43 am

    I think it says a lot about Palin’s character that she’s willing to hang her daughter out to dry, publically humiliating her in front of millions just to accept this nomination.

  • Jessie September 4, 2008, 3:36 am

    Thanks Alda! Oh, wishful thinking.

    ^ Karen*, couldn’t agree with you more. That was one of my first thoughts when the news broke. It’s not necessarily a big issue itself, but the fact that there was such a coverup locally (allegedly being removed from school to hide it) and then it not only going public, but REALLY public, I feel badly for her.

  • alda September 4, 2008, 10:27 am

    Delara – hang in there, only two more months to go! 🙂

    Karen – Hm. When I think about it … had she NOT accepted the nomination only because of her daughter’s pregnancy, it would have been the same as saying that this is something to be ashamed of. So I don’t agree with the reasoning that she should have refused, just to “cover up” her daughter’s predicament. OTOH the way they’re going about spinning the thing I find appalling, especially the part the 17-y.o. boyfriend is being made to play. I saw footage of him at the airport greeting McCain with the rest of the Palin family and just thought WTF?? Now THAT I find exploitative.

    Jessie – Sorry to be so negative. But of course anything is possible if you want it badly enough!

  • sigga September 4, 2008, 11:23 am

    Brilliant post Alda

  • Cassie September 4, 2008, 7:43 pm

    Damn, I miss Iceland.