Contrary to popular belief, common sense, good old fashioned intuition, squeamishness, ignorance and fear of female sexuality, a vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) does not embolden girls to have more sex, have more unprotected sex and contract more diseases.
Almost one-quarter of U.S. girls between the ages 14 and 19 and 45 percent of women between and 24 are affected by HPV. And though the vaccine isn’t foolproof, it can protect against genital warts, and more importantly, cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancers which result from certain HPV strains.
You would think that these the vaccination, which consists of three shots, would be popular, given how widespread and lethal HPV is. But, by 2013, only 57% of girls ages 13 to 17 had received one dose and only 38% all three recommended doses.
In an age of terrible, hyperbolic, trivializing analogies, it takes a special one to really stand out. Here are the best, or worst, examples of terrible comparisons from the week.
Black people… they’re just like zoo animals. Benjamin Cole, a top advisor to Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) wrote the following about two Black people he saw outside of his Washington DC apartment: “So apparently the closing of the National Zoo has forced the animals to conduct their mating rituals on my street.” Cole, the former Baptist pastor and energy industry spokesman is not just a brilliant anthropologist/ zoologist/ racist, but a sharp political aid, because he posted these thoughts on Facebook. See other racist gems from Cole, here. Shock accepted Cole’s resignation on Thursday. So, we are now back to living in that post-racial world in which Rosa Parks ended racism and the President is Black.