A Depressing Headline

“There are no chaste minds. Minds copulate wherever they meet.” -Eric Hoffer

Checking my Google Reader this morning, I came across an NPR piece about the HPV vaccine. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the vaccine for 13-17 year old girls, and recently began recommending the vaccine for 11-12 year old boys. The short version read

“The idea that teenage girls might have sex is hard for many parents to accept, complicating the case for HPV immunization. For boys, sex is almost expected, so there may be less resistance to their vaccination.”

Ugh.

Who, exactly, are the girls that we’re expecting these boys to be having sex with? As the saying goes, it takes two to tango.

95% of the US population has sex before marriage. And before anyone blames that statistic on MTV or the gays or liberals or feminism, 9 out of 10 women born in 1940 reported having sex before marriage.

Parents’ squeamishness about their little princesses having sex is putting the at risk for half a dozen types of cancer. And since those parents likely had sex before marriage, it’s time to move past this notion that girls will be chaste and virtuous and realize that your child’s safety should come before antiquated notions of sexuality.

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