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.