Friday, February 03, 2006

Women should stay in the kitchen

I haven't been paying attention, although I remember a brief news blip that scientists had discovered a vaccine for HPV, which has been shown to have a strong causal link to cervical cancer. Vaccinating against HPV before people are sexually active could prevent women from developing cervical cancer later on. Great idea, right?

Well, here's the part I hadn't actually seen: some fuckwit at the Family Research Council, a leading Christian lobby group, is speaking out against the vaccine because it might suggest that girls could have sex, and other religious groups are following suit. WTF?
"Giving the HPV vaccine to young women could be potentially harmful, because they may see it as a license to engage in premarital sex," Maher claims, though it is arguable how many young women have even heard of the virus."
These morons would rather have their daughters get cancer than have sex.

Yeah. There seems to be a large group of people who are in such denial about human sexual activity (or are so freaked out by the very idea) that they are willing to see their kids die (AIDS, cancer) or be debilitated for life (Hep A, B) because they think that not talking about sex will mean that teens won't have sex. OH, no, can't talk about birth control, it might give them ideas. Can't discuss the various STDs, it might suggest we approve. Yup, their kids are so virtuous they won't have sex 'til marriage, never mind that they are completely wrong. That level of denial is astounding to me. And dangerous.

No, they don't get my respect or "tolerance" when they espouse such ideas. They get my contempt.

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