STFU Parents: How Parents Talk About Vaccines On Facebook (And Why Those Discussions Matter)

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3. Pox Parties and Vaccination Responsibility

STFU Parents

When Red says, “I’m not going to get in a debate on my wall about it,” does she realize that she just posted, “THIS IS WHY YOU VACCINATE ASSHOLES!” one hour prior? I totally agree with her stance on vaccination, but it’s worth pointing out that typing in ALL CAPS about a controversial subject on Facebook is code for “Just TRY to debate me on this, bitches.”

That said, JJ Keith’s essay makes the case that vaccination shouldn’t be controversial, so in that sense I can support what Red is saying. Reading headlines like “U.S. measles cases in 2013 may be most in 17 years“ should not be the norm, and for people like Red and me, there’s nothing to debate. For people like Blue, though, there’s a lot more to the discussion. Maybe if Blue and Pink started adopting the idea that we’d all be at risk if the majority of our peers weren’t vaccinated, there wouldn’t be room for such debate. But until then, let’s try to remember that posting about vaccines on Facebook comes with great social responsibility — much like being a parent does in general.

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