Fallopian follies

By KARA BASKIN  |  September 10, 2008

Mind you, Palin’s hardly alone in using fertility to further her career. Take Rielle Hunter, a wealthy woman who’s accustomed to getting whom — and what — she wants. She’s reportedly been banking a cool $15,000 per month just to keep quiet about her dalliances with John Edwards and her baby’s DNA. (Her child’s yet too young to grow a glossy mane of hair, but we’ll know the truth when she does.) Just look north to Gloucester, where a prom-limo-load of teenage girls found themselves with child this year, in a supposed social pact — kind of like a nine-month-long sorority-hazing ritual with a hangover that lasts approximately 18 years. No matter, movie and book deals are supposedly in the works. Look at Britney Spears’s sis, who’s appeared on more magazine covers now than she ever did while “acting.” While Hallmark isn’t exactly printing cards reading “Congratulations and best wishes on your bastard child!”, it’s not the moralistic massacre of yesteryear. With the entire UN dripping from Angelina Jolie’s pert bosom and “sperminated” the adjective du jour, young, unwed motherhood is downright retro-chic.

And Palin, who’s about as retro as it gets, is right there capitalizing on the trend. Too bad her values will undermine her plan. Because the American people aren’t looking for a leader who’s infallible. We’re looking for a leader who’s ideologically honest. You think that abstinence should be exclusively promoted in schools, that pre-marital sex is wrong, that abortion is atrocious? Fine. Then make sure Willow, Piper, Trig, Track, Bristol, and the rest of the Wiccan moose-riding team keep their pants on too. I wish the glass ceiling could be broken with a pro-woman woman. But in the meantime, people with glass ovaries shouldn’t throw stones.

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