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December 19, 2007

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Priya

I think this is a great point: I thought something similar when Nelly Furtado was on the cover of lots of magazines claiming how freeing single motherhood was - and yet what do governments want least from their young females, it's obvious that if we want society to change we need standards of behaviour and also not to just criticise. I think that in "societies eyes" sex when you are 16 is fine as long as you are blocking the microorganisms with plastic

Anjuan

I think that her age is the reason most people are offended. If she was an independent woman who was at least in an adult committed relationship (as Garner, Holmes, Berry and the others are), then there would be less public outrage. Since she is not, then she looks like another irresponsible teenager.

However, the hyprocrisy of this will be lost on most people since those who would protest Jamie Spears would also protest abstinence programs. The argument goes that you can't stop teenagers from having sex so what's the point? The point is that pre-marital sex has devastating consequences including emotional trauma, unplanned pregnancies, STD's, unfair comparisons of spouses to previous lovers, and other problems.

A Man

Why is it that a white 19 year old who gets his 16 year old girlfriend pregnant is on the cover of magazines but Genarlow Wilson, a black teenager, gets 10 years in a federal pen, for receiving consentual oral sex from another teen at a party? Google him, find out how racist the country you live in really is.

This "outrage" is particularly ironic in light of the new movie coming out, "Juno." It's about a lovable teenage girl who accidentally gets pregnant with her high school boyfriend. Upon hearing the news, the dad exclaims "I didn't know he had it in him!"

It's being advertised as a comedy, if not a family film.

Teen pregnancy! hahaha!

Abby

Its funny(well the situation is sad) my family and I were talking about her and her show a few days before the announcement. My sister was saying that she wasn't like her sister. Well looks like shes on that path. It's sad.

Marlene

Lynn, the "poor" mother of these two charmers, was in the process of writing a book about successfully raising two daughters in the limelight and has had to cancel the writing of this book. Tsk...tsk!!! To think that she would even have the chutzpah to write the book in the first place...even before this happened with Jamie Lynn when her elder daughter, Britney, has had all of the problems that she has had!!!

Is our society going to pot or what??!!

Ken

Maybe Jamie Lynn was jealous that Brittney was getting all the media attention?

Kristen R.

Nobody would be shocked to find out that a sixteen-year-old celebrity is having sex. Why is everyone so shocked that she's pregnant?
What I find amazing about this is that she's actually decided to keep the baby. There are probably countless starlets who have had unwanted pregancies who simply had an abortion before anyone knew. For the little sister of Britney Spears to expose herself to the media and to decide to keep the baby is incredible. Although I don't applaud the fact that Jamie was having sex, I am glad that she isn't going to compound it by having an abortion. As a sixteen-year-old myself, it's got to take a lot of courage to keep her child.

Christopher

Does "accidental pregnancy" occur from "accidental sex"? I think not.

Out of the desires of the heart comes the outward manifestations of the flesh.

Lisa S.

I can't say I'm surprised about this news.

What I'm really appalled by is learning that the girls' mother was in the process of writing a parenting book from a Christian perspective. Whaaat?!

This lady appears to have been the driving force in allowing, aiding and abetting, pushing her daughter's into show business. She was involved in the decisions to dress and behave immodestly years ago..apparently not understanding the link between immodest dress and behavior with actual choices involving promiscuity, etc.

She lost her marriage to her husband over how she was raising their children...And frankly, I think Britney went off the rails right around the time of the divorce (about 5 years ago).

Both girls have been victimized first by their mother (I don't say their father because he's been quoted again and again speaking out against Britney's actions, etc)...and then the awful celebrity world.

I just can't "see" the Christian faith that these folks continue to claim to have. If you are indistinguishable from everyone else in your choices and behavior....what makes you Christian, exactly?

Sarah

Why do people blame the mother and say the father left because of how she was raising the children? Lynne Spears is obviously a bad parent, but leaving in protest doesn't make the father a good parent.

Ken

There are probably countless starlets who have had unwanted pregancies who simply had an abortion before anyone knew. -- Kristen R

Many-many years ago, Dr Demento had a 1930s-era song titled "Hollywood Appendicitis" on just that subject. Only part I can remember is one Star (what they used to call Celebrities) "has had her appendix out Six Times".

Found a reference to it; "Hollywood Appendicitis", by Ray Bourbon, Imperial Records, circa 1941.

This lady appears to have been the driving force in allowing, aiding and abetting, pushing her daughter's into show business. -- Lisa S

Stage Mother Syndrome: "If I Make My Daughter a CELEBRITY, then I'LL BE A CELEBRITY! (And I can live high mooching off her forever!)" Been part of showbiz long before Jean Harlow's family of leeches back in the Roaring Twenties.

mommy2boys

This story made me sick to my stomach.

I was so sad for this young woman and sad for her poor child. There doesn't seem to be any shame attached to being young, unwed and pregnant -- no stigma in being a "bastard" -- rather, people scoff at her for being stupid enough to get pregnant (how sad for them).

Who is to blame here? I believe it's this girl's parents. Why didn't they protect her? Supervise her? Their poor grandchild will enter into a family without a moral compass and probably end up just like the other psychotic media seekers in the family. I remember years ago (in the 1980's) when my father told me wonderful platitudes like, women and girls were ethically superior to men because they had a heightened conscience and that they were, frankly, responsible for civilizing men --- requiring them to act in an manner that would evoke respect and admiration from women. I believed him.

Parents today should tell their girls about the very differnt sexual nature of men and women. I'm no prude, and I've made my share of mistakes, but someone needs to tell young girls that sex between young, unmarried women/girls and men/boys does not make a woman equal or empower her, it demoralizes her -- she feels uneasy but can't quite put her finger on it -- she feels paranoid and guilty, but tries to shake it off because this is an un-hip perception. Silly her, while she tries to justify her hip sexuality, her erstwhile hookup partner has no such reservations. To him she is perceived as a mere plaything, a slut and a conquest. She is written off and he's off to the next. Harsh, but that's the reality and one that's been hidden from girls... It makes you want to scream -- hey, they are taking little pieces of your soul and laughing carelessly all the while. You are being played for the fool. Hang on to your honor, and you can inspire those who matter to you, making this world a better place, one man at a time.

Christopher

For one of my daughters' Christmas presents I have purchased a reprint of a book written in the early 1800's by Mrs. L. Maria Child entitled "The Girls Own Book". The book is basically a compendium of all things pertaining to girls and young women, including games, manners, crafts homemaking skills, and morals. Under the section "Moral Maxims", Mrs. Child writes the following: "The most important of all earthly things are, purity of heart and correctness of principle. Intellect, wealth and beauty, are of little value compared with goodness, and unless these gifts are accompanied by goodness, they serve to make the possessor unhappy within herself, and disliked by her companions."

It seems to me that parents and educators as a whole no longer are concerned with "the most important of all earthly things", but rather place the emphasis on education, and in this case, external beauty. Through this disordered emphasis, we are left with modern day epidemics such as teen pregnancy, drug abuse, depression and suicide.

Elizabeth

To "A Man":

While I'm not denying the racism that still persists in our nation, I would like to elucidate the facts from your comment. Genarlow Wilson had oral sex with a 15-year old, who was under the age of consent in Georgia. Jamie Lynn is 16, and depending on which state the baby was conceived in, that may or may not be a crime. However, prosecutors probably will not press charges on the father, but whether that is because of race or fame or the fact that Jamie Lynn is keeping the baby, we can't really know.

A Man

In Louisiana, where Spears lives, it is a misdemeanor for someone age 17 to 19 to have consensual sex with someone age 15 to 17 if the difference between their ages is more than two years.

In California, it's a misdemeanor to have sex with someone younger than 18 if the offender is less than three years older. Someone more than three years older could be charged with a felony.

The disparity in the public discourse surrounding these two events should shock and disturb any rational minded american.

Anna S

I've always wondered about this double standard: it's very normal and acceptable to have sex at 16. But being pregnant? Oh me oh my... how can this be?!

We suddenly forget that each one of us is the living proof of the simple fact that YES, sometimes *sex actually leads to babies*.

And some of us were even "surprises". Imagine that.

*rolls eyes*

spudmom

It is interesting to hear all the talk praising Miss Spears for deciding not to abort -- yet there seems to be no speculation at all as to whether or not the father of her child intends to marry her or if she intends to give the baby to an intact, stable family to raise. If they are still 'in love', do you think that they should get married? Should she try to raise the baby alone (or with her mom, who doesn't have a great track record right now) or go the adoption route? If she was my daughter, I would be spending a great deal of time with both her and the young man helping them to understand the consequences of each option, hopefully in concert with his parents, as well. Certainly with the Spears wealth, there should be enough money to allow Daddy to get enough education for a decent job and let Mommy learn to take care of a baby full-time and get her GED. Could she hire a nanny and return to work? Who will hire her now? Is that talent she has, or just a famous name and a pretty face? I sincerely hope that they can create a loving home for this new life and that the child will learn from the mistakes of his/her parents rather than suffer from them.

Luthor Rex

Their lives will be a thing that some girls will 'look up to', but the Spears sisters don't have realistic lives. It's their money that lets them go nuts, screw up and then somehow not end up with a permanently wrecked life like someone without that $$$ would have.

“my father told me wonderful platitudes like, women and girls were ethically superior to men because they had a heightened conscience and that they were, frankly, responsible for civilizing men --- requiring them to act in an manner that would evoke respect and admiration from women. I believed him.”

It's a shame your father was wrong.

“make a woman equal or empower her”

If the feminist culture didn't insist women focus so much on power a lot of the problems between men and women would go away. Love and power cannot co-exist, the more you have of one the less you'll have of another. Instead of worrying about who has how much control in what aspect of a relationship, treating one another like human beings would produce much better results. But what the hell do I know?

“her hip sexuality, her erstwhile hookup partner has no such reservations. To him she is perceived as a mere plaything, a slut and a conquest. She is written off and he's off to the next. “

When women do this they call it 'being empowered'.

The boys who go around doing this are nothing to be proud of. They are the slaves of their sexual drives and are unmanly because of such a lack of self-control. Such a weakness opens the boy up to exploitation.

“YES, sometimes *sex actually leads to babies*.”

Nah!

Ken

If the feminist culture didn't insist women focus so much on power a lot of the problems between men and women would go away.

"Empowerment" uber alles ends up leaving only two choices: His boot stamping on her face or Her boot stamping on his. Overpower or be Overpowered. Kill or be Killed. Them or Us.

"There is no Right, no Wrong. There is only Power -- and those who are too weak to wield It."
-- Lord Voldemort, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

"The only objective of power is Power."
-- Comrade O'Brian, Inner Party, Airstrip One, Oceania, 1984

Mary

I think they are shocked that she is not aborting the baby. I mean she has not even finished high school. Did anyone read about the 29 year old grandmother a few months ago? She had her daughter at 13 and her daughter had a child at 16.
If I even went out with a boy more than twice before I was 23 my parents would be angry. My mom got married when she was 21 and had me when she was 23 and she just keeps telling me to wait, have some experiences to share with my children, something to look back on when hard times hit. Also time to go to college and get a degree so that if I do marry I can help my husband if hard times hit. My mom did not go to college, and now that hard times have hit she is lucky to have a job that pays as well as hers does.
Girls like Britney and her sister just make me sick. They have all the money they could ever want. They could retire now and live the rest of their lives raising their children, traveling, doing good, but instead they allow themselves to become bored and then they do stupid and bad things. This is just disgusting!

Kristina

i think it's great of her to take responsiblity and raise the baby, but it's not okay that she got pregnant in the first place. I've always thought that you can never just get "swept up in the moment". At some point you have to decide, Should I have sex or not? No matter what the excuss is you still make that decision. We all have to make mistakes, but we can always help ourselves out by doing whats right. I mean the battle between whats right and whats wrong will go on forever. So I guess we just have to make our own decisions. Now she's having to pay the price for hers.

Amy

Good points...

Check out author Tricia Goyer's take on the subject. Go here...http://genxparents.blogspot.com/2007/12/how-christians-should-respond-to-jamie.html

Also, would you be interested in review copy of her book My Life, Unscripted?
More info on that here: http://triciagoyer.com/Youth.html

Fakrudeen

Unfortunate and sad. If moral conservatism [not extremism] can prevent even one another 16 yr old kid from getting pregnant [when she is not mature enough], I think it is reason enough to encourage it. I don't know what these romantic [not grounded in biology and our evolution] liberalisms are achieving other than teen pregnancies and date rapes!

Ken

I've always wondered about this double standard: it's very normal and acceptable to have sex at 16. But being pregnant? Oh me oh my... how can this be?! -- Anna S

There's a reason getting pregnant used to be called "getting caught"...

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