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Wednesday, August 23, 2006


I've talked a lot about how evil people are who opposed the HPV vaccine for girls. Since the City Pages has an article on the subject today, that gives me the chance to talk some more.

Seriously, people who oppose this are scum. News flash: 11- and 12-year old girls are going to know about sex. Responsible parents are going to ensure that their kids get information about sex from them, and that their relationship is open and trusting enough so that their kids feel comfortable talking to parents about sex. Crappy parents pretend that sex doesn't exist and let their kids get information from friends, the media, and other unassailable fonts of factual information.

You would also have to be a pretty crappy parent to raise a kid that though this vaccine was a green light for sex. Responsible parents, once again, teach their kids about the risks of sex, about pregnancy, about STDs, about potential psychological and relationship damage. Not getting cancer 40 years from now should not carry enough weight to tip the scales.

But good parenting is a lot harder and takes a lot more work that crappy parenting, so I guess that's why there are crappy parents in the world. It's a lot easier to be against the HPV vaccine and pretend that sex won't happen to their kids. That's great, really.

This is what it boils down to: certain parents wish to make a fleeting point to their 12-year old daughter in a way that makes it more likely that she will die from cancer when she is older.

Did I mention that this is evil?


At 7:41 PM, August 24, 2006, Anonymous AHW said...

Could we please tone down the rhetoric? I agree with you that opposing this vaccine is unwise and wrong, but I don't think it helps the discourse at all to call the opposing side "evil" and "scum." They aren't trying to harm their kids, they are only overly concerned with the prospect of promoting promiscuity at such an early age. Thats not evil, its just misguided and naive.

At 5:35 AM, February 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously whomever is claiming that opponents of the mandatory vaccine are evil don't have children... A child has a better chance of being stuck by lightening that contracting this virus... The problem is that parents DO NOT want the state superceeding their OGD GIVEN parental rights and obligations. This is meerely a test of this system to see who will oppose... Let us not forget that at least 10 thousand african women were sterilized by exactly the same type of practice...


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