Exador sent me a link about the approval–finally–of the HPV vaccine, which, as you recall, is very effective in preventing certain types of deadly cervical cancer caused by HPV, which is a virus almost everyone who’s had sex has been exposed to, even if they aren’t infected. You’ll also recall that there was a great deal of opposition to this vaccine because some enormous jackasses thought that vaccinating girls against an incredibly common virus would encourage promiscuity.
That’s right. There are folks out there who hate you so much that they believe that it is better for you to die of cancer than to chance that you might have sex with who ever you want when you want. Because, my god, if sex doesn’t lead to pregnancy or death, Jesus weeps the tears of a thousand martyrs.
But what’s even sadder, in this article is this paragraph:
Conservative groups like Focus on the Family support availability of the vaccine, but oppose making it mandatory, saying the decision to vaccinate should rest with a child’s parents or guardians. It promotes abstinence as the best way of warding off infection by HPV and other STDs.
Where to even start? Okay, let’s just forget that the public discussion about abstinence seems to assume that religious fanatics only want folks to remain abstinent while they’re young, when, really, they mean all of us should never have sex outside of marriage.
Let’s go with this. Say that you are Miss Mary Sunshine and you are abstinent until marriage. You really truly set that as a goal for yourself and you keep to it. Your parents instilled “right” values in you and you stuck to them. They also didn’t vaccinate you, because they believed that it would encourage promiscuity. (I wonder if Focus on the Family is opposed to mandatory MMR vaccines? I mean, is this really about parental choice or is it about “fixing” promiscuity?)
You meet a nice boy, Johnny Faltered a Couple of Times in College. He wasn’t promiscuous. He had sex with two girls, each of whom were serious girlfriends. It wasn’t God’s plan, but boys will be boys.
He has the virus. He doesn’t know it. He gives it to Miss Mary. She gets cancer and dies.
Is Focus on the Family okay with that?
If so, I think this indicates an enormous shift in their “sluts must be punished” campaign. Before, we had to be punished for our bad behavior–either through children or horrid disease. But now, even if we behave, we have to be punished for our partner’s bad behavior.
So, men, the new word seems to be, don’t slut around or God will kill your virgin bride.