It’s the controversial HPV vaccine, and they’ve finally approved giving it to grade 5 girls in school. But one thing keeps bugging me about the way that it’s being discussed.
Why is it “controversial?” They say that it’ll encourage young girls to have sex. They say it will give them a false sense of security. But you know what? It’s not about sex. It’s about cancer.
The only reason why you’d want to prevent HPV (a really super-common STI, even among really nice girls) is that being infected with HPV increases your chances of getting cervical cancer. People moaning about “What will I tell my daughter?” should just tell them, it stops a disease that gives you cancer. Easy. You never have to mention sex at all, and besides, if she’s smart she’ll know that a whole slough of other STI’s are out there waiting for her other than HPV, so it’s not like she’s going to feel safer because of this one thing. Less sexual education lulls you into a false sense of security. Comprehensive sex ed tells you it feels awesome, but makes you think twice when you hear about all the things that can happen. If all you know is that bad things are going to happen, you are going to be in a serious state of confusion when you find out that, in spite of everything they told you, you TOTALLY want to do it.
Secondly, just because you trust your daughter to wait for marriage doesn’t mean that the fella she gives it up to on her wedding night will be HPV (or any other STI-)-free. You can hope that everyone never has sex, but people do, even if they’re told not to. Heck, even if they don’t want to. And don’t you know about that the Christian loophole of sinning and repenting? Even if your girl is as pure as the driven snow, they should at least vaccinate all the boys. I’m not saying that all boys have carte blanche to fuck around before marriage, but I’m betting a lot of them think they do.
And oh yeah, nice girls already feel weird about other people thinking they’re sluts if they buy condoms. In fact, ONLY sluts feel comfortable getting rubbers, and so they are more likely to use them. So it’s like this: you can find out about your daughter’s “mistakes” when she gets cancer, or in an awkward confession. Isn’t it better to be covered?