You Dropped Your Patriarchy In My STD!
If you want to see a window into the bizarro worldview of hardcore Left-wing feminists, take a look at this post from Feministing.
First of all, let me set the stage for you. Here’s the headline and first four paragraphs of a disturbing New York Times article that inspired the screed at Feministing,
Sex Infections Found in Quarter of Teenage Girls
The first national study of four common sexually transmitted diseases among girls and young women has found that one in four are infected with at least one of the diseases, federal health officials reported Tuesday.
Nearly half the African-Americans in the study of teenagers ages 14 to 19 were infected with at least one of the diseases monitored in the study — human papillomavirus (HPV), chlamydia, genital herpes and trichomoniasis, a common parasite.
The 50 percent figure compared with 20 percent of white teenagers, health officials and researchers said at a news conference at a scientific meeting in Chicago.
The two most common sexually transmitted diseases, or S.T.D.’s, among all the participants tested were HPV, at 18 percent, and chlamydia, at 4 percent, according to the analysis, part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
There are a lot of reactions that most people probably have to a story like this. Open mouthed disbelief that so many teenage girls are carrying a STD, complaints about the ineffectiveness of sexual education in schools, sorrow for the girls who will be carrying a STD for the rest of their lives, etc., etc.
Now, let’s look at the Feministing reaction. First off, the post is titled, “Slut shaming title of the day.” Yes, Lord knows, we wouldn’t want to ruin anyone’s fun by pointing out that so many teenage girls have STDs. We certainly wouldn’t want, say a 14 year-old girl out there to look at these numbers and think, “Gee, I better not act like a slut or I could end up infected with a disease that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life.”
Oh wait, did I say “infected?” They have a problem with that, too.
Using the term “infected” sounds like there has been an outbreak of birdflu and feeds into the sci-fi notion that some incurable disease is spreading that we are powerless against.
Yes, the problem isn’t that all these teenage girls are infected with STDs, it’s that the New York Times is using the word “infected” to describe their infections.
Next up is this unintentionally ironic passage,
We (by which I mean feminists) have known for while that young women were at a high risk of HPV, but no one wants to listen when it is preventative. No, instead they want to cut funding for sex ed programs and teach children to abstain. (Sorry to generalize there, but you get my point.)
First off, given these statistics, I think it’s time to declare that our sex ed programs are complete and utter failures. Moreover, go ahead and poke fun at the abstinence programs, but the teenagers who abstained aren’t the ones with the STDs.
Last but not least, the post closes with this,
Why is the burden and spotlight only on young women? What are young men doing that is leading to “high risk” behaviors and leading to young women being “infected?” I think it is important to look at the risks for young women and educate and spread resources accordingly, but it is very short-sighted to assume this is a problem only for young women.
Yes, because there’s not a corresponding study being published in the NYT pointing out how many teenage guys are infected with STDs, some sort of horrible gender bias must be involved that will lead people to mistakenly believe that men had nothing to do with this.
And thus, as you can now see, courtesy of Feministing, what seemed like a straightforward post about the shocking number of teenage girls who have STDs is really nothing more than a propaganda piece by the patriarchy that’s designed to ruin everybody’s good time by shaming sluts while simultaneously convincing the public that teenage girls are getting infected with STDs by themselves, without the help of teenage guys…and they would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn’t for those meddling feminists!
Hat tip goes to my buddy, Cassy Fiano, who pointed this post out to me last night.