Scarlett Johansson. Harlot or role-model?

Alive, the Catholic newspaper has arrived on my door step. On the front page they have a picture of Scarlett Johansson, the popular actress. Under the photo, they ask the question Why is she tested for HIV twice a year.

Some people, myself included, applaud someone in the public eye who is drawing attention to responsible behaviour. Remember that HIV doesn’t just affect people who sleep with a new partner every week. You could sleep with someone without realising they have been infected through any one of many routes. A bad blood transfusion or poor sterilisation of medical implements is one example.

Alive doesn’t seem to share this view. They follow the Catholic Church line. Alicve says

Attractive she may be, but it’s doubtful if guys would see a woman with whom they could easily get AIDS as “sexy”.

They are careful to avoid making allegations about her sexual conduct but they seem to be suggesting that she is quite immoral. While criticising her and Siobhan O’Connor, of the Sunday Independent, they ask for people to avoid risky behaviour in the first place, “after all, we are talking about free people, not dogs in heat.”

You see the implied meaning there? Since Alive is conservative Catholic newspaper, I’m assuming that they are suggesting we follow the guidance of the church. i.e. no funny business until you’re married. Which is more sensible?

1) Someone who has a regular AIDs test, tries to be monogamous in a realistic way?

2) No sex until you’re married.

The second is obviously not workable. If there are any Catholics who can meet the following conditions, please post a comment here.

1) You never had sex before marriage
2) Your spouse also never had sex before marriage

I’m not expecting many comments here but I’m willing to be pleasantly surprised. I also invite Catholics who fail at least one of the above conditions to post here.

If you are one of those who fail at least one of the above, how do you feel about AIDs testing. Don’t you agree that it’s a sensible precaution if you or your spouse slept with someone else before they met you? How do you know the person they slept with doesn’t have AIDS?

Is Scarlett’s testing a sensible precaution or is she “far from the kind of example that young women need today”, as Alive thinks.


2 Responses to “Scarlett Johansson. Harlot or role-model?”

  1. a nony-mouse Says:

    If you’re a blood donor you’re tested 5 times a year for dozens of STD’s. Some people are tested more often than they have sex *cough*no more children, please!*cough* Also Asimov suffered from bowel cancer but AIDS from donated blood killed him. Does that make him a bad person? Au contraire, he insisted it was kept secret to avoid anti-AIDS-patients-behaviour. ‘Alive’ has proven to be wrong, imho.

  2. Sean Kehoe Says:

    Asimov is unfortunately an incredibly good example, thanks for mentioning him.

    Yep, it’s not difficult to do so but I agree with you, Alive is very wrong.

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