I was speaking with someone this morning about the Gardasil vaccine, and she made a very interesting point. Everything around the vaccine is very heteronormative. There's an assumption that everyone is going to be straight! So vaccinate the women, protect them.
But what about the gay men? Anal cancer is caused by the same strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer, yet we don't see people flocking out to advocate vaccinating boys. Because there is an inherent undercurrent that the boys don't need it, they don't develop HPV-related cancers, only [straight] girls get that.
If we are going to act on the presumption that children will become sexually active when they're older, regardless of the morals their parents try to institute, shouldn't we also avoid the presumption of heterosexuality and vaccinate both genders equally, to confer to both protection?
While the vaccine is currently limited by the FDA to women, why are we not discussing the broader implications and potentials of vaccinating everyone?