marxism and monogamy. On Cervical Cancer.

Carrol Cox cbcox at rs6000.cmp.ilstu.edu
Tue Sep 17 17:24:06 MDT 1996


    Rakesh, I intended no comment of my own whatever on the larger
arguments; I just thought the item in *Science News* was of some
empirical interest.
    Carrol

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> Carrol, As I understand it, the (patriarchal) monogamous family has been
> one in which society confines women to monogamy while tolerating, if not
> fetishizing, its violation by men. It is this institutional arrangment
> which must be abolished.
>
> Rakesh
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> >    The current (Sept. 1) issue of *Science News* (p. 170) reports on
> >a study that reveals that women whose husbands are not monogamous have
> >many times the cervical cancer rate than women whose husbands are.
> >"The risk is especially great when a husband has trysts with prosti-
> >tutes. Indeed, wives of men who reported having seen a prostitute
> >at least 10 times during their marriage had 11 times the risk of
> >developing cervical cancer as the wives of men who had not contact
> >with prostitutes." Human papillomavirutses (HPVs) are a trivial
> >STD in themselves (and the body's own immune system clears them in
> >a few years), but those viruses also cause cervical cancer.
> >
> >    Carrol
> >
> >
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