Via Jill comes this amazing evidence of how out-of-touch and extremist sex panicking conservatives have gotten. As I think all grown-ups are willing to admit, this whole shitstorm Michele Bachmann has stirred about the HPV vaccine is just pure sex panic (with a side dose of anti-vaxxer nuttery, but really, this is bigger than that), and Ayelet Waldman was alarmed by all the people who've convinced themselves that all ladies who Do It are Snooki and Paris Hilton (and therefore "good" girls have no need for vaccination against a common STD). In an effort to breathe a little reality into the debate and remind the public that there's a whole sea of women between the categories of "virgin" and "whore", she put up this tweet:
What we learned in the response to this is that anti-choicers have determined there really are two kinds of women: virgins and dirty whores who deserve to die of cancer.
So the 95% of Americans who've had sex before marriage deserve to get cancer and die? But wait, not just them! You can also be a virgin on your wedding day and be a whore who deserves to die of cervical cancer. All you need to earn filthy-whore-who-deserves-to-die status is to marry someone who has sex even once before you. That's probably even more than 95% of Americans.
Man, for people who claim to love this country, conservatives like Thomas Peters here sure do want to see a lot of disease, death and suffering in it.
Not everyone went to the place of deciding that almost all Americans are too sexy to live, but they still went the "ohy my god, sex is SO GROSS and I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU ADMIT YOU GOT AN INCREDIBLY COMMON STI" route.
Look, saying "I've had HPV" is basically saying, "I've had sex." It's that common. There's nothing shameful about an STI, unless you think sex is shameful, full stop. That Waldman has sex with her husband isn't "TMI"; it's a given. I'd find it more personal if she was tweeting that she didn't have sex with her husband. Now that's gossip.
I can't believe we've let conservative shaming get us to the point where having sex with your legally wedded husband is too gross an idea for the public to bear.
Personally, I've had HPV at least twice, which is incredibly common for a woman my age. Probably more; it's so common they don't really put a lot of effort into actually tracking it. I honestly couldn't say where I got it. The way that people know where they picked it up is kind of amazing to me, and I suspect there's a little bit of making shit up when people seem very certain where they got it. All I know is that both times I had bad Pap smears that showed positive for it, I was in monogamous relationships. I could have gotten it from them, or they from me. Or from a former monogamous partner or a hook-up. Who knows? More importantly, who cares? It's the sinus infection of STDs. It's not like getting the clap where there's a value in figuring out where it came from so that a chain of who-needs-testing-and-treatment can be established. There's no real treatment for it, and it usually clears up on its own. I've had it. You've probably had it. Most people have had it. Get the fuck over it.
HPV is like the common cold in terms of severity. Most people are fine, but a percentage of people get sicker and die. That's why we vaccinate against the flu, and why we should vaccinate against HPV. But that doesn't mean we need to have some society-wide panic about the flu. Just get the shot and get on with your life. Sheesh. The only reason to freak out about HPV—and about the vaccine—is that we can't handle the fact that people fuck. Even though pretty much everyone fucks. It's bizarre, it really is.
Trump is ‘having a full-blown mental breakdown’ and needs to resign: Ex-Trump staffer
Leading Republican elected officials should work with President Donald Trump's family to negotiate him resigning from office, a former top White House official suggested on MSNBC on Friday.
Former White House press secretary Anthony Scaramucci blasted his former boss during an interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC's "Meet the Press Daily."
"He has totally and completely lost it. There is nobody that can look at the situation, read the tweets, look at the press sprays, and say he hasn’t lost it," Scaramucci argued.
"What does that mean, lost it?" Todd asked. "Define that."
Obama’s chief economist warns of ‘a very high chance’ Trump’s trade war could cause 2020 recession
The former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Barack Obama warned of "a very high chance" of Trump's trade war with China resulting in a recession -- "just in time for 2020."
Austan Goolsbee was interviewed by MSNBC's John Heilemann on Friday after the DJIA closed down over 600 points after the trade war escalated on Friday.
"Just give us, if you would, Austan, your sense of what has unfolded today and how bad it is," Heilemann asked.
"Yes, it’s terrible, I'm phoning from a bunker as we speak," Goolsbee replied.
"There hasn’t been a day like this in a very long time. Yes, the markets sell a lot but the fact we’re going to have an escalating trade war, the president of the United States is publicly declaring the head of the Fed an enemy of the state and, oh, by the way, 40% of the Amazon is on fire and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being treated for pancreatic cancer," he continued. "If this is on a Friday, it makes it bad for Monday."
Trump responds to China raising tariffs — by raising tariffs on over half a trillion dollars in Chinese goods
After US markets tanked on Friday, President Donald Trump dramatically escalated his trade war with China.
"For many years China (and many other countries) has been taking advantage of the United States on trade, intellectual property theft, and much more. Our country has been losing hundreds of billions of dollars a year to China, with no end in sight," Trump tweeted.
"Sadly, past Administrations have allowed China to get so far ahead of fair and balanced trade that it has become a great burden to the American taxpayer. As President, I can no longer allow this to happen," he argued.