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Washington University cancels Bristol Palin’s planned talk on sexual responsibility

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After Washing University students and the internet balked at the idea of Bristol Palin taking part in a discussion of sexual responsibility during the school's annual "Sex Week," the administration and the Palin team have decided that it would be best for Palin to sit this one out. The official statement says, in part:

Because of the growing controversy among undergraduates over the decision to pay for her talk with student-generated funds, the Student Health Advisory Committee and Palin decided that the message that they intended on sharing would be overshadowed by controversy.

Palin was going to receive $20,000 for her appearance (and for those of you who were never in a college club, that's not an insane amount), and she's now been replaced by Katie Plax, head of adolescent medicine and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine.

On the one hand, maybe it wouldn't be such a bad idea to have a woman who became a mother in her teens participate in a talk about the risks and responsibilities involved in sexual activity. On the other hand, maybe not one who is Bristol Palin. That sounds mean, but: her experience is vastly different from most girls who have babies before they hit twenty and her positions on sexual education seem confused at best. Also, ever since her robot cameo on The Secret Life of the American Teenager all I can think when I see her is how much I love my free will and human range of emotions.