Tales Of The Great Stupid: Monkey Pox Ethics

I know, I know, that’s a macaque, not a monkey. But I love the photo.

Why can’t the news media and health officials just stick to the facts and stop trying to manipulated public opinion and conduct with word games and deception?

Well, it’s rhetorical question: the answer is inherent in the question. They are unethical, untrustworthy, and abuse their position and power.

Take monkeypox, for example.

WHO declared monkeypox a global health emergency a week ago. The news media is already beating the drums to brand it the next pandemic, and to raise public anxiety. Both health officials and the new media represent the disease as a universal threat. “Anyone exposed can get monkeypox,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says, urging countries to “take action” to reduce the risk of transmission to other vulnerable groups, including children, pregnant women and those who are immunosuppressed.

“Anyone” is more than a bit misleading, and intentionally so. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last week found that 98% those infected with monkeypox are gay or bisexual men, and 95% of cases were transmitted through sexual activity. Health officials and the news media played the same game with AIDs, making it seem like typical heterosexual sexual relations were as likely to spread the disease as anal sex. Every TV show including AIDS in the plot seemed to have heterosexual female victims.

This is done, we are told, to avoid the “stigma” of having a sexually transmitted disease. “Stigma and discrimination can be as dangerous as any virus, and can fuel the outbreak,” Ghebreyesus said. So lie to the public about how the disease is actually spread! Scare everyone. Maybe you can get mail-in ballots accepted again! After all, the ends justify disinformation, or so health officials seem to think, and the news media enables them, just as it did to justify a ruinous lockdown in response to the Wuhan virus.

And since we’re on the topic of names…

The WHO Director-General also said during a June press briefing that the agency was working with experts to change the name of the disease from monkeypox to something “less stigmatizing.” Less stigmatizing to who or what, monkeys? I doubt that they care. The disease was originally named because it was first identified after experiments with lab monkeys, but now, the theory is that the name will stigmatize black men who have the disease, because blacks have sometimes been slurred by racists who compared them with monkeys or apes. That’s odd: unless black men themselves identify with monkeys, which they presumably do not, why would the name “monkeypox” stigmatize blacks who have the disease?

Oh, I get it! The idea is that they’ll be embarrassed to admit they have monkeypox because it will be like saying they are like monkeys. You know, like I felt like I was a chicken when I had chicken pox. Except I didn’t. And I don’t know anyone, or have ever met anyone, at least over the age of 11, who would make any connection from the name “monkeypox” and those who are infected by it.

You see, though, that the whole premise behind these various word games, censorship, information manipulation is that people are petty, stupid, and need constant management by their betters.

9 thoughts on “Tales Of The Great Stupid: Monkey Pox Ethics

  1. These games really frustrate me. Yes, anyone could get monkeypox, but given that it seems to be almost entirely spread sexually, there are all kinds of simple things people could do to prevent catching it. I think I can understand the desire not to target gay men, though the vast majority of those infected have been gay men. Not being gay won’t prevent you from catching the monkeypox if you’re having sex with someone who is infected with it. But there are still some caveats to that. There are two reasons why certain STDs, like AIDS, spread largely among gay men. The first is that gay men are, on a whole, more promiscuous than lesbians or heterosexuals. More sex with more partners by itself means more STDs. Second, the anus is not designed for sexual activity, and it tears easily, leading to easier entry for pathogens. But notice that being promiscuous and having a tear in the colon from anal sex is not reserved for gay men alone. Heterosexuals engage in anal sex, too, and numerically there are more heterosexuals doing so than homosexuals. Regardless: if the disease is predominantly spread sexually, then the message should be to refrain from wanton sexual activity. But it is incredible how ballistic people get when you suggest a certain amount of self-restraint.

    As for renaming the monkeypox, just remember that whoever controls the language controls the masses. I can believe that these organizations are looking for opportunities to rename things, all in the name of inclusivity, so that we all become accustomed to it when they continue to hammer away at more important terms.

    • We ruined school children’s lives for 2 years with unknown years of damage done – we kept families from being together when their loved ones died – we shut down the economy and ruined livelihoods and happiness to undermine a sitting President – we did so much unnecessary damage to our society over something that was 99% survivable.

      And we can’t ask people to refrain from casual.

  2. Wait until someone pushes the idea that monkeypox can be also easily transmitted by handling ballots touched by other people… heads will explode. 😀

  3. So, only black people descend from monkeys and apes? I guess white people are in fact special?

    Didn’t St. Anthony of Fauci opine in the ’80s that a person could catch HIV/AIDS by being in the same room as an infected person?

    • You’ve probably heard this one:

      A little girl asked her mother, “How did the human race appear?”
      The mother answered, “God made Adam and Eve and they had children, and so was all mankind made..”

      Two days later the girl asked her father the same question..
      The father answered, “Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.”

      The confused girl returned to her mother and said, “Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?”

      The mother answered, “Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his.”

  4. All macaques are monkeys, but not all monkeys are macaques…

    I’m having trouble understanding how stigma and discrimination can fuel the spread of the virus-which-shall-not-be-named. I agree, we shouldn’t stigmatize or discriminate against a group based on their statistical exposure to a disease, but wouldn’t such stigma and discrimination necessarily reduce, not increase, the spread of said virus? If people decide to avoid those most likely to be infected, isn’t that going to act as a brake on new infections?

    This kind of doublespeak and lies from health authorities has destroyed the credibility of the entire medical establishment in shockingly short time. If you want to make the argument that we shouldn’t be shunning gay men (which is correct), then do so based on ethical, moral, and humanitarian grounds (as well as the fact that casual contact does not seem to be much of a vector). Don’t tell us the opposite of the actual epidemiological truth and expect us to follow your edicts when your justification flies in the face of the simplest logic and reason.

  5. Having been involved with the epidemiological tracing of STDs in the sixties, I learned quickly and have since taught that when you are engaged sexually with person A you are in fact vulnerable to the diseases of his/her other partners (B, C, D, etc) and subsequently their partners (B2, C2, D2, etc). That number grows exponentially with our ever-increasing notion that permissive sexual activity is harmless.

    • Well, sort of. As was thoroughly obscured by the media and health experts, the chances of getting HIV through vaginal sex was very small—still a risk, but not on par with other means of transmission.

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