It all stems from this response I keep hearing from the anti-vax camp "my body my choice", which sounds an awful lot like something we've been hearing from the pro-choice movement for a long time. I think that if you believe in that statement as an argument for being anti-vaccination that you have to also be pro-choice. There seems to be a large overlap of people who are anti-vax and evangelical (anti-abortion), which got me thinking...
The only argument I've been able to come up with being against this line of thinking is that abortion effects a 3rd party (the fetus) where as a vaccination only effects the host. My argument would be that when you choose to not get vaccinated you're choice doesn't just effect you. Your choice has the potential to effect countless other people around you including death. If you infect someone with something you're carrying and they die because of it I'd argue that you caused the death of that person. Sure you could argue it's not a one-to-one thing and there's a chance that you might not infect anyone, but ultimately it's a choice you're making that has the potential to effect a lot of people who didn't have a choice in the matter.
So, yeah, I don't really see how you can be anti-vax and not also pro-choice. Change my view!
CW: mentions of child sexual abuse ("CSA")
I just finished reading Catcher in the Rye for the first time. We’ve all heard that liking this novel is a “red flag” and folks seem to talk a lot of shit when men and young boys like this novel especially. I knew this book resonated with some real criminals who enacted awful acts of violence, so I was truly expecting the worst. I was completely shocked by the actual nature of the novel.
As someone who works with teens/in youth services, I found Holden heartbreaking. He’s a teenager dealing with depression, isolation, and trauma, both from the loss of his brother and, it’s revealed, childhood sexual abuse/sexual assault. After he evades assault from Mr Antolini, he has a panic response and confesses to the reader: “that kind of stuff's happened to me about twenty times since I was a kid. I can't stand it.”
I feel like all anybody ever speaks about when it comes to Catcher is how annoying/pretentious Holden is - but isn’t this very obviously a trauma response to unspeakable suffering? Catcher in the Rye isn't about Holden being an ethical model to follow- instead, Holden is deeply flawed and poorly adjusted because he has not been given the resources to heal from the trauma he's suffered. The novel’s approach to sexual violence doesn’t even begin and end with Holden - it permeates the novel, from Jane Gallagher (who is being abused by her step-father) to the sex worker Holden meets in the city to the sexual violence/aggression Holden knows his peers enact against other students and girls he knows.
It’s a really weird “flex” that people think dunking anyone who identifies or likes Holden is impressive. Do people realize that some CSA survivors, especially boys who are far less likely to speak up about their abuse, may see themselves in Holden? Are they aware that finding Holden annoying for whining or being pretentious or jaded or depressed likely perpetuates the idea that the only good victims of abuse are the noble, palatable ones (ie the ones that don’t actually exist outside of movies)? What do y’all think?
Edit: Just to be clear, I'm not saying you're not allowed to dislike Holden or Catcher in the Rye. I'm talking specifically about the folks who say that anyone who likes the book is toxic or that it's a "red flag" to like it or have it on your bookshelves.
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