I’ve wanted to comment on both these stories, but time and tide have washed up excellent posts that I can’t improve upon.
I realise that the juxtaposition of the assassination of a world leader and a scandal involving a teen celebrity may seem a bit jarring, given that politics is considered purely serious and celebritism is considered purely trivial, but both women have led public lives that contribute to the aggregate discussion about the expanding roles for women in most societies. Both women have aspired to more than an average or quiet life, and both women have discovered that such aspirations bring difficulties in their wake.
May Pakistan’s social organisations be spurred to honour Bhutto’s vision (if not her actual achievements which were tainted by corruption) for a stable secular state, and may Spears find that motherhood can be the positive experience that she anticipates (at least she has the financial resources to support her child comfortably on her own if necessary).
The comments at Lauren’s include the inevitable wally who seems to assume that pregnancies only occur if the couple is taking no contraceptive measures at all – why don’t more people understand that contraceptives tip the odds in favour of not conceiving, but that none of them guarantee that conception will not take place? Do people simply not listen in Personal Health classes?