I report, you deride:
During the campaign, the media has largely respected calls to treat Bristol Palin’s pregnancy as a private matter. But the reactions to it have exposed a cultural rift that mirrors America’s dominant political divide. Social liberals in the country’s “blue states” tend to support sex education and are not particularly troubled by the idea that many teen-agers have sex before marriage, but would regard a teen-age daughter’s pregnancy as devastating news. And the social conservatives in “red states” generally advocate abstinence-only education and denounce sex before marriage, but are relatively unruffled if a teen-ager becomes pregnant, as long as she doesn’t choose to have an abortion.
So, one side is, “Oh, no, no, don’t, EVER,” but “Oops, OK, that’s cool,” and the other side is, “Hey, kids, do whatever you want,” but, “Oh, my God, how could this HAPPEN?” I’ll let you decide which is more realistic and more likely to produce healthy families.