Sunday, June 11, 2006

The rest of the story

What do you know? - we have ads on TV telling women about how they can get cervical cancer from human papillomavirus (HPV). The one I've seen shows several astonished women swearing to tell everyone.

But why stop there? Why not tell them how they get HPV?

Do they get it from toilet seats? Riding horses? Swimming in public pools? Contaminated tampons? Golly, how do the bugs get up there?

It wouldn't take a genius to figure out that, yes Virginia, it's transmitted by sex. Which means that these ads are opportunities to promote those most sacred of objects, condoms. And sex is never inappropriate in the media nowadays lest we commit the deadly sin of "censorship", so why are they so coy?

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