The Measles Moms – why women are leading the anti-vaxx movement
by Jessica Valenti
Over the last year, Americans have seen some of the worst measles outbreaks in decades. The once-eradicated disease is now endangering the health and lives of people from New York to Washington, where the governor recently declared a state of emergency.
This rise in preventable diseases, like measles and whooping cough, has put a renewed focus on the anti-vaccination movement; the World Health Organization even named “vaccine hesitancy” as one of the top 10 threats to global health. What’s less discussed, though, is who decides not to vaccinate; understanding that would provide clues about how they may be persuaded to change their minds.
The leaders of the anti-vaccination movement — both at home and on the national stage — are women. (Specifically, women in affluent areas.) They’re disproportionately the family members who make medical decisions about kids, they’re the most active in chat rooms, and they’re the most recognizable public faces of the anti-vaccination movement. CLICK TO CONTINUE
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“Villages preserve culture: dress, food and dance are a few examples. As villages grow in population and turn into towns, local cafes make way for large American chains. Handmade leather sandals are discarded for a pair of Western sneakers.
Due to its small size, a village fosters a tight-knit sense of community. Justpeace.org explains the meaning of the African proverb, “It takes a village,” by stating that a sense of community is critical to maintaining a healthy society.
Village members hold a wealth of information regarding their heritage: they know about the ancient traditions, methods of production and the resources of the land. When villages become dispersed or exterminated in times of war, this anthropological knowledge disappears.
Large cities are not as conducive to growing and producing foods such as fruits and vegetables. Villages, on the other hand, usually have ample amounts of land and other resources necessary for growing conditions.” The Importance of Villages by Catherine Capozzi
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