Biology: Sometimes Hard To Ignore

Of the many interconnections of sex and nature, an obvious one is biology: the fact that we are living beings that interact with the natural world, ranging from the environment to other organisms. Some of those other organisms include viruses such as HIV. And sometimes people aren’t clear on how they work, as when Republican Tennessee state Sen. Stacey Campfield claimed: ”My understanding is that it is virtually — not completely, but virtually — impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex.”

It turns out that the organisms inside our bodies don’t care what kind of sex we’re having: if infected fluids (such as semen, vaginal fluids, breast milk, or blood) are shared, then there is a risk of HIV transmission. Period. I’m starting to wonder how many people are conflating biology/nature with social norms and could use a refresher course!

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Jeana

Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.