Two cervical cancer vaccines that are recommended for all pre-teen and early teen boys and girls miss the strains most likely to infect black women, researchers reported Monday.
“It looks like we have different strains by race,” Cathrine Hoyo, an associate professor in Duke University’s obstetrics and gynecology department, told NBC News in a telephone interview.
“African-American women are about 20 percent more likely to develop cervical cancer and almost twice as likely to die from the disease compared with non-Hispanic white women,” Hoyo added.
This egregious and literally deadly error is being attributed to a lack of diversity among research subjects while the vaccine was in development. This is the problem with white women being the default in feminism and in society - it can literally kill black women. “Your racist society will give you a racist science.”
This is horrible, and I want everyone to assess that this is just ONE example of the literally countless effects that racism and white supremacy has on people of color, though don’t let this statement take your focus away from Black women, either. Especially with how prevalent cervical cancer is in our communities… in fact, now I’m suspicious about my last doctor who told me I had an “unusual HPV strain,” as if up until then her white patients had generally presented easy-to-predict strains…
Medical and institutionalized racism tortures and kills innocent people everyday. From the way rape kits are designed to only work on white skin, to the inadequate rates and doses of medicine for pain that white medical personnel are not adequately assessing, to receiving insubstantial or potentially inadequate transplants due to a variety of factors that limit the availability of viable organs.
Sometimes, it’s just outright medical experimentation and torture, or the complete and utter ignorance and dismissal of environmental racism. Compounded by rampant ableism, attempting to grasp the scope of these horrors is seemingly impossible.
Either way, this is all murder.
It’s times like this where I hate being white“[For the oppressor,] discovering themselves to be an oppressor may cause considerable anguish, but it does not necessarily lead to solidarity with the oppressed. Rationalizing their guilt through paternalistic treatment of the oppressed, all the while holding them fast in a position of dependence, will not do. Solidarity requires that one enter into the situation of those with whom one is solidary; it is a radical posture.”-Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Consider that you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 km/sec across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not “you.” The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato.
The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.
We Originated in the Belly of a Star, NASA Lunar Science Institute, 2012 (via kiddings)
People are boycotting Kraft just because of this one ad
Wow, when you put it that way it almost seems like we live in a rampantly sexist, misogynistic, and hypocritical society.
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A lot of people seem to be under the impression that I am “politically correct”. This is an odd impression for many reasons, not a few of which relate most to political correctness’ nonsensical …
"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can mobilize an entire society in violent hate against me. And we should never forget that fact."
Or why all the people who deem “political correctness” a fatuous act designed to create a sense of moral superiority are wrongity wrong wrong and actively making the world more unfair.
Slurs work precisely because they´re not contingent on your personal feelings on the matter; they´re a shorthand for a socially-approved stamp of inferiority, and as such signify instant open season on you. Whether you fight back, are indifferent or hurt by it isn´t the point, which is that the external atmosphere shifted and became markedly hostile.