The theology class covered readings from Dawne Moon's God, Sex, and Politics which led to a discussion on politics being negotiated in terms of power, privilege and hierarchy. Politics often denaturalizes, way of exposing how power functions in our lives, and I believe Sarah Palin has fallen victim to this in several areas. The media is prevalent beyond imagination in the current campaign and has made issue of several things I believe to be non issues. For example, the pregnancy of Sarah Palin's seventeen year old daughter has now graced the cover of US Weekly and several other 'gossip' magazines. Bristol Palin's pregnancy should not have received the coverage it did but I believe it has given a better understanding of Sarah Palin.
The family hierarchy works off of a structure that is obviously being implemented by Palin in which abstinence on the education of pregnancy may have affected Bristol's situation. Would she be pregnant if she had been properly informed? Did she know how to use protection? Is she being drawn into the institution of marriage simply because of her pregnancy? In our philosophy discussion Palin seemed to be holding an 'umbrella' over all religious truths versus the scientific truths. I believe this issue belongs in a home and not political sphere.