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January 1, 2008

This Week’s Issue Will Come in a Brown Paper Wrapper

Filed under: Bill Bickel, Britney Spears, Jamie Lynn Spears, media, teen pregnancy — Cidu Bill @ 9:08 pm

OK! magazine has paid Jamie Lynn Spears — Britney’s 16-year-old sister — one million dollars for “the exclusive story” of Jamie Lynn’s pregnancy. Maybe I’m missing something, but exactly what details are OK! paying for? We can probably figure out the details for ourselves (though perhaps there were some things Jamie Lynn didn’t understand at the time), and anything even remotely detailed would fall under the category of child porn.

But seriously guys… Way to celebrate and reward teen pregnancy!

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15 Comments »

  1. I thought Jamie was the innocent one of the family. I guess it’s just genetic. There’s a long line of pregnancy in my family too, but not nearly so young.

    Comment by bAT L. — January 2, 2008 @ 12:16 am

  2. She is innocent. If she hadn’t been so innocent, she would’ve been on birth control.

    Comment by PepperjackCandy — January 2, 2008 @ 2:23 am

  3. It’s funny that no one seems to have anything to say about this being statutory rape. If Georgia is going to put a 17 year old in jail for over 2 years for getting orla sex from a 15 year old, shouldn’t someone, anyone have something to say about this?

    Comment by Cedric — January 2, 2008 @ 10:27 am

  4. I wondered about that too, Cedric. But if the only evidence is the pregnancy, it would be nearly impossible to prove what state the crime occurred in. Also, the state in question may have a “Romeo-and-Juliet” exception—I think most states do, now.

    Comment by Autumnal Harvest — January 2, 2008 @ 11:35 am

  5. Pepperjack – you’re meaning innocent as in naive?

    Not necessarily. It could easily be intentional. She wanted attention to rival big sis — and she got it.

    Comment by Brian Leahy — January 2, 2008 @ 8:42 pm

  6. As for ages of consent:

    http://www.avert.org/aofconsent.htm

    For many states it’s 16.

    Comment by Brian Leahy — January 2, 2008 @ 8:44 pm

  7. Brian, the trouble with that table is that in many states its not just an age of consent—if the two people are close in age, a “Romeo and Juliet” exception sets in. A more accurate table can be found here:

    http://www.cga.ct.gov/2003/olrdata/jud/rpt/2003-R-0376.htm

    Despite my desire to stay uninformed of all things Spears-related, I’ve just googled this, and it appears that Casey Aldridge was born on April 29, 1989, and Jamie Lynn was born on April 4, 1991, so they are less than two years apart in age ( http://news.lalate.com/2007/12/20/casey-aldridge-age-is-18-not-19-says-dmv-wewww-that-was-close/ ). Their actions were thus legal in either Louisiana or California, the two most likely states for conception.

    Gah! Why did I look this up?

    Comment by Autumnal Harvest — January 2, 2008 @ 9:04 pm

  8. This is a perfect example of why the gov’mints “abstinance only” sex education doesn’t work. If this poor child had been given some type of intellegent information about birth control she wouldn’t be in the prediciment she’s in now. Unless, as #5 suggested, she wanted to upstage big sis.

    Comment by Lessa — January 2, 2008 @ 10:17 pm

  9. I don’t think Jamie Lynn wanted to upstage Britney, because it seemed very much as if 5 years from now Jamie Lynn would have a very successful career and Britney would be living in a trailer park somewhere.

    I also don’t see Jamie Lynn as being in a “predicament,” because she’s become the darling of both the mainstream media and the conservatives, and she’s being paid a million dollars to talk about her pregnancy — which very few 16-year-olds who get knocked up have going for them.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — January 2, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

  10. She may indeed have been instructed in birth control and used it, only to have it fail.

    Comment by Tom T. — January 2, 2008 @ 10:51 pm

  11. Tom, I concede the point that she may have used BC only to have it fail. I do give her credit for keeping the baby.

    Bill, the “predicament” I was referring to has to do with her being a young teen-ager facing a life changing event. No matter how much adulation and money she gets from this, the bottom line is she is still going to be somebody’s mother. Sure, she’ll probably have nannys and all kinds of help but she is still responsible for that young life. At 16, is she ready for that?

    Gads, stop me now, I sound like a responsible adult.

    Comment by Lessa — January 2, 2008 @ 11:44 pm

  12. Not sympathetic. Somebody threw out the figure that 250,000 16-year-olds will become pregnant this year. I think it’s fair to say that 249,999 will have a worse time of it than Jamie Lynn will.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — January 3, 2008 @ 12:03 am

  13. Very fair. Which comes back to my original point that the goverments “abstinence only” sex education policy doesn’t work. Teenagers will always be teenagers, curious and horny, therefore they need intellegent BC education.

    Comment by Lessa — January 3, 2008 @ 12:09 am

  14. I agrre that “abstinence only” doesn’t work, but to say that it’s resposible for this, or even most of the other 249,999 16 y/o pregnancies is very naive. It overlooks the simple fact that teenagers do really stupid things.

    Teenagers are immortal and bulletproof. That’s why they drive 100mph on country roads, try to jump bikes or skateboards off roofs into swimming pool and have unprotected sex.

    Even if pregnancy happened every time to every girl in every instance, there would still be a bunch of teenagers who believed that they would be the exception.

    And frankly, her keeping the baby will just encourage other girls, who aren’t getting a million bucks for their “story” to keep babies they aren’t mature enough to raise, and aren’t financially able to support (and yes, I do believe in paternal resposibilty in this, as well). What ever happened to adoption as an option? That’s a more responsible choice than raising a kid they can’t possibly be ready for.

    Comment by arik1969 — January 3, 2008 @ 3:20 am

  15. I’m disappointed! They paid her a million, and not one detail about the circumstances about her getting pregnant!

    Did they do it in a box?
    Did they do it with a fox?
    Did they do it here and there?
    Did they do it everywhere?

    C’mon, JamieLynn! Enquiring Minds Want To Know! Where and when did you get knocked up? Details! We want details!

    Comment by Herbert — January 4, 2008 @ 1:30 pm


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