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  •  I think I conflated... (none)
    ...two arguments.

    The one I began with is that you can't shame voters out of their convictions. You can try, but it won't be very effective, especially among a group that already sees you as "elitist" in your politics.

    The second point, which I now see is not even related to the first is that even married,  very well educated, upper middle-class professionals sometimes have too much egg nog at the christmas party and have mischevious, just-this-once unprotected sex, in their uncles' garage, and that sometimes leads to "unplanned pregnancies."  

    Or so I hear.

    I guess I was trying to stick a finger in the eye of the illusion that education and money and class make us pregnancy proof, but I don't for a minute dispute that the more educated and higher economic class a woman is, the less likely it is that she will get (and remain) pregnant until she wants to.

     I know that is true.

    I just wanted to refute the corollary that those teens and adults (in both red and blue states) who do get unexpectedly pregnant are somehow stupid or inferior.

    Looking around at my well-heeled friends and family, anecdotally speaking, that is not true.

    Of course, maybe it is just true that Southerners are more sexually active.  

    I just didn't like the tone of a lot of the posts.

    All kinds of people have unplanned pregnancies, just ask around.

     Weary of the all South-bashing, I guess.  

    We did invent Jazz, Rock and Roll and the Civil Rights Movement, after all.

    •  LOL (none)
      Oh, I know about unplanned pregnancies. My well-educated and middle to upper-middle class family is full of them.

      But it's also full of people waiting until 32 or 36 (to pick two numbers out of thin air and not having anything to do with me and my brother), who go on to have a modestly-sized, planned family.

      That's the unusual part. Being a parent at 18 is common the world over, going back millenia.

      the spirit is restored by wounding

      by jd in nyc on Tue Dec 07, 2004 at 07:48:03 PM PST

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