There’s an editorial by Bill Maher up on Salon calling out Christian groups for their hypocrisy involving the HPV vaccine that’s worth taking a look at (via Feministe).
Now for the bad news: Not everyone is pleased with this vaccine. That prevents cancer. Christian parent groups and churches nationwide are fighting it. Bridget Maher — no relation, and none planned — of the Family Research Council says giving girls the vaccine is bad, because the girls “may see it as a license to engage in premarital sex.”
Which is really a stretch. People don’t get the vaccine for typhoid and say, “Great, now I can drink the sewer water in Bombay.” It’s like saying if you give a kid a tetanus shot she’ll want to jab rusty nails in her feet. It’s like being against a cure for blindness because it’ll encourage masturbation. It’s like being for salmonella poisoning in peanut butter because it’ll discourage weirdos from spreading it on their ass and calling the dog.
Not that the religious wackjobs are listening. In their world, sexually active females who have not been properly paid for with gold are to be punished for having sex. We hear it so much we’re all about numb to it. “If you don’t want to pay the price [pregnancy], don’t play the game [have sex]“. For people who think pregnancy is a punishment for having sex, is it any wonder that they would go apeshit crazy about a vaccine that would protect a woman from a deadly disease? I don’t think so.
But let’s be frank: These Christian groups aren’t just against the HPV shot; they’re against family planning and condoms and morning after pills — they want to make sure sex is as dangerous as possible, so that kids know, if they sleep around and get an STD, that’s God teaching them a lesson. And the lesson is, you should never have tried out for “American Idol” in the first place.
Maher tries to be funny at the end of that one, but it falls flat IMHO. The lesson is, you should have never assumed you had a right to your body and your sexuality to begin with, woman. Honestly, what do you think they’d do if a disease was discovered that only threatened married women, but was preventable with a simple shot? They’d demand all us married women get it, perhaps even pass a law requiring the shot. We can’t have our respectable wives and mothers dropping dead on us, eh?
It’s the whores, the sluts and the Lolitas that these Christian groups really want to punish. Yes, they do have it out for us married-not-enslaved women too, but they really despise “loose women”. How else can you explain the outrage these groups have exhibited over a vaccine that protects all sexually active women against a deadly disease? I don’t think you can.