Carol Platt Liebau: The Gardasil "Breakthrough"

Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Gardasil "Breakthrough"

A new vaccine has been found that would protect young girls from cervical cancer -- wonderful news. Gardasil immunizes against two sexually transmitted strains of of the human papilloma virus that are associated with cervical cancer.

What is disturbing is that the The National Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that the vaccine be administered to girls as young as 9 -- and routinely for girls aged 11-12. As welcome as the medical breakthrough is, there seems to be something rather sad about the almost complete absence of analysis about what the recommendations imply: A resignation about the inevitability of girls older than 11-12 -- and, in some cases older than 9 -- having sex.

Given the ubiquity of sex in a young girl's daily life (in television, movies, books, magazines, fashion, advertising, music and the internet), you can't blame girls for having the impression that it's OK for them to have sex. And while everyone should applaud protecting them from harm that results from their decision to do so, the new vaccine can't immunize them from other physical/emotional/spiritual damage that results from giving too much, too soon.

7 Comments:

Blogger wrabkin said...

Of course, not everyone does applaud the new vaccine. There were many "Christian" leaders who fought against the vaccine, because they said if girls weren't afraid of dying, they might turn into sluts. Yes, it was more important for the James Dobsons of the world that women be scared of sex than that their lives be saved from an easily preventable disease.

Glad to see you're not among them. (Not surprised, because I know you to be a woman of compassion -- but glad anyway!)

7:38 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

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8:04 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Wow, that is a bunch of moral and religious baggage to heap on to a vacine that prevents cervical cancer.

In light of the possiblity that a girl could be forced to have sex, it seems administering the vcacine as early as possible would be prudent.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Alan Kellogg said...

Trust Dittohead to phrase things in a confrontory and disagreeable manner.

Carol, the sad fact is, girls as young as six are being forced into sex. Most often by people they know. People with an unusually high incidence of venereal disease. If we have something that might help protect those children against a possible conseqence of the actions of others, then I say we use it.

Then, too, there are those children who enter into sexual activity of their own accord. It happens, though we wish it wouldn't. Children are innocents, utterly unaware of the consequences of what they are doing. A 10 year old cares nothing for such alien consequences as pregnancy and cervical cancer, all she knows is that she loves Uncle Bob, and sex is a great way to get ever closer to him.

Now Uncle Bob is another matter, he really should know better. But the 10 year old, she should suffer for Bob's criminally irresponsible actions?

Better to take steps against something you're afraid might happen, than to hope it doesn't.

6:43 AM  
Blogger JillMartin said...

Alan Kellogg said...

At our current state of knowledge and technology it is impossible for a woman to get another woman pregnant through sexual activity. So your imaginary fetus cannot be Carol's get.

(Sometimes being vicious is worth the price. :) )


Alan Kellogg said...


At our current state of knowledge and technology it is impossible for a woman to get another woman pregnant through sexual activity. So your imaginary fetus cannot be Carol's get.

(Sometimes being vicious is worth the price. :) )


Alan Kellogg said...


At our current state of knowledge and technology it is impossible for a woman to get another woman pregnant through sexual activity. So your imaginary fetus cannot be Carol's get.

(Sometimes being vicious is worth the price. :) )



Alan Kellogg said...


At our current state of knowledge and technology it is impossible for a woman to get another woman pregnant through sexual activity. So your imaginary fetus cannot be Carol's get.

(Sometimes being vicious is worth the price. :) )


Alan Kellogg said...


At our current state of knowledge and technology it is impossible for a woman to get another woman pregnant through sexual activity. So your imaginary fetus cannot be Carol's get.

(Sometimes being vicious is worth the price. :) )


Alan Kellogg said...


At our current state of knowledge and technology it is impossible for a woman to get another woman pregnant through sexual activity. So your imaginary fetus cannot be Carol's get.

(Sometimes being vicious is worth the price. :) )


Alan Kellogg said...


At our current state of knowledge and technology it is impossible for a woman to get another woman pregnant through sexual activity. So your imaginary fetus cannot be Carol's get.

(Sometimes being vicious is worth the price. :) )


Alan Kellogg said...


At our current state of knowledge and technology it is impossible for a woman to get another woman pregnant through sexual activity. So your imaginary fetus cannot be Carol's get.

(Sometimes being vicious is worth the price. :) )



Alan Kellogg said...


At our current state of knowledge and technology it is impossible for a woman to get another woman pregnant through sexual activity. So your imaginary fetus cannot be Carol's get.

(Sometimes being vicious is worth the price. :) )

8:48 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

News Flash! Carol views this story through bleak, prudish, anti-feminist goggles.

Shocking.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Alan Kellogg said...

Jill,

Be happy the county took all your cats away. Now you'll have money for food.

duke-stir,

You've just started puberty. When you get older you will be able to grow a better mustache than Carol does.

6:25 PM  

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