Bristol Palin told Dr Drew she doesn’t want to

be named as an abstinence preacher…I’m not out there saying don’t have sex. I hate that kind of stuff. Birth control needs to be used effectively each and every single time if you’re gonna be having sex.

wishes she had stuck to abstinence, but that

I’m not advocating it for everyone else…Kids are gonna do what they’re gonna do.

Bristol compares he work to that of former gang members who can explain to kids why gangs are bad; she has the experience of being a single, teen mom and wants to share that.

Bristol explained to Dr. Drew that when she got pregnant she was on birth control pills (which she  has said were for cramps), but she wasn’t taking the Pill correctly–she admitted she had missed
three or four days.
Dr. Drew went for the big question with Bristol, and I praise him for directly asking what and my friends and I have discussed about Bristol’s “first time” revelations and really trying to probe into Bristol’s psyche about that night: Her description in her book Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far of loosing her virginity to Levi  after drinking wine coolers, waking up alone in a tent with no memory of the act, but knowing that her virginity had been
didn’t sound exactly like consensual sex. Dr Drew said:
In California, that would be a rape. Is it the same in Alaska?
Bristol admitted she didn’t know the laws in Alaska and that  it didn’t feel like rape, something she has said before. Bristol told Good Morning America:
I’m not accusing Levi of date rape, or rape at all, but I am just looking back with the adult eyes that I have now and just thinking that was a foolish decision. I should have never been underage drinking and I should have never gotten myself into a situation like that.

Dr. Drew didn’t let it go. When Bristol pointed out that she stayed with Levi after that wine cooler-fueled night of amnesia, he gently said:

Now remember what kids do is they try to make it right by justifying what happened.

Bristol justified to Dr. Drew that she kept having sex with Levi because, well, she already had done it, and believed she would marry him.

Dr. Drew observed that, based on her affect and exposition, it seemed like Bristol’s self-expression was stifled, that she

cover[s] a lot of heavy feelings behind a lovely smile…it’s okay to be angry…you’re not allowed to talk about feelings it seems like…

I had planned to watch Dr. Drew tonight–thank you TiVo–so it was a very Los Angeles moment when I walked into Mozza for dinner with friends and saw the man himself, Dr. Drew sitting at a nearby table with his family.  One of the kids was playing with his iPhone during the meal, but he may have just been Googling reactions to his dad’s show.


Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.