Three links, as different as they can be from one another.
The always-insightful Rivka, blogging at her must-read Respectful of Otters, re-examines the real issues with the HPV/cervical cancer vaccine and the Christian right. Her take is fresh and rings completely true to me.
‘Choice’ is a red herring. … Religious exemptions to mandatory vaccines are already available in every state but West Virginia and Mississippi. They will have the right to opt their daughters out of this health-, fertility-, and potentially life-saving vaccine, mandatory or not. What they’re really angling for is a way to deny it to other people’s daughters.
“If it’s easy to opt out, why the battle over mandatory? Because mandatory = affordable.”
A link found via keryx does an interesting job of exploring a common male defense mechanism when faced with feminist arguments: “The joking about man-bashing almost always works! Time and again, I’ve seen it work to silence women in the classroom, or at least cause them to worry about how to phrase things just right’ so as to protect the guys and their feelings. It’s a key anti-feminist strategy.”
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