- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 16, 2000

Rod the prude?

"She is nude and smoldering with sexual allure… .

"Her only touch of modesty comes from her long, blond tresses draped tantalizingly across her breasts. The only thing she is wearing is a pensive gaze and an eye-catching anklet.

"She is sizzling Kimberly Stewart, the 20-year-old daughter of rocker Rod Stewart and his ex-wife, Alana Hamilton. And this heart-stopping photo spread … has reportedly given Rod heart palpitations.

" 'He feels very uncomfortable at the thought of millions of people seeing her naked,' one of Rod's friends says. 'He realizes she is trying to make her own way in her career as a model, but he is still her father.'

"Stewart carefully cultivated an image as one of rock music's most insatiable lotharios over three decades… .

"Now he turns out to be a prude."

Peter Fearon, writing on "Wild-child kids haunt bad-boy celebs," in Thursday's New York Post

'This evil creation'

"This week the birth control pill turned 40, with supporters celebrating its cosmetic advantages and the 'freedom' it has given women… . They should have been draping themselves in black and painting poison labels on the Pill's containers in mourning for the terrible damage done to individual women and to society by this evil creation… .

"The dangers are nearly too numerous to list. Simply read the back of the insert where you can find the catalogue of possible side effects, including death… .

"But that's just the beginning. Four new studies have definitively linked the Pill to increased chances of breast cancer… . And we are beginning to see evidence that prolonged use of the Pill might affect the uterine wall, making future pregnancies difficult or problematic.

"And all of that doesn't address the most serious issue of all … the damage that the Pill, as the flag bearer of the contraceptive mentality, has done to our culture and our families. We are celebrating 40 years of promiscuity, increased abortion, increased child abuse, increased divorce. Our television programs have become unwatchable because of their unrelenting sexual content. Our young girls are trained to be sexual toys."

The Rev. Richard Welch, president of Human Life International, in a Thursday press release

Sexual persona?

"Britney Spears is a teen-ager. She is wide-eyed and sweet. She has crushes on a movie star or two, a penchant for romance novels and a Yorkshire terrier named Baby. She also has a 350-pound bodyguard named Robert, a tour bus with a fully functional tanning bed and well over a million dollars tucked away for a rainy day… .

" 'Since the beginning of this year, I've been such a worrywart,' she says. 'My anxiety has just been crazy. At the beginning of last year, when everything was rolling and everything was good, it was so new and exciting to me. Maybe I'm just changing and getting older, but I find I need to have my downtime, just to myself, or I'll go crazy.'

"There are several ways Spears deals with her stress. When she is alone, she writes in a prayer journal… .

"These days, Britney Spears has been thinking a lot about sex. This is probably because, these days, a lot of people have been thinking about Britney Spears in a sexual way.

"Perhaps it is the perpetually bare midriff. Or the cleavage-baring gown she wore to the American Music Awards. Or maybe the cleavage-baring jumpsuit she performed in at the Grammys… .

"Spears claims that she never meant her public persona to be sexual. You don't believe her… .

" 'I don't like to think about that,' says Spears."

Chris Mundy, writing on "The Girl Can't Help It," in the May 25 issue of Rolling Stone

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