Listen up, dads. It's time we had a long overdue chat.
You owe it to your family to take a few minutes and read this. You're probably just mindlessly scrolling in your "spare time" anyway - or maybe someone you know shared this, hoping that someone like you would be positively affected by it. In any case, the target audience is you, DAD. You know; the stereotypical good dude who is busy working his tail off to support his kids and family. You might work long hours - sun up to sun down - to put food on the table. You might not actually see your kids all that much, because your job demands more of your time than your family does. You might not work that physically hard, but instead depend on your mind for your income. I know you're out there, working dad. You're out there in the millions, and I'm talking to you.
I know you're there, because 1. stats don't lie, and 2. I see you show up once in a while to the social media party; mostly sharing funny memes, FAIL videos, pictures of your trophy buck, or the score of the game. Once in a while you might wade into the political arena to declare your allegiance to a certain political mindset, but most of the time your use to me is a good laugh that I probably really needed. Oh, you're out there alright. For the laugh, thank you. Unfortunately, this doesn't change the fact that you're lame.
I mean, sure, I enjoy all the same things you seem to, and I laugh harder than I should at the same memes and videos y'all share. I get it - you work hard, and you don't really have the energy after work to take things all that seriously, except of course for what you need to take seriously, like your job or your family. You probably don't have much spare time to really consider much more than where your sports team is ranked nationally this week, or if Kevin will be live at 9 for some Call of Duty after the kids go to bed, or what kind of IPA goes best with steak. Actually, just admit it - IPA tastes like watery garbage, and you only drink it to fit in with your hip buds. But your taste buds actually hate you and told me to pass it on. You'll be needing a good bourbon whiskey instead. Goes great with grilling beef, smoking a cigarette and rocking the classical jazz. You're welcome, DAD.
But, that's not why I'm writing. See, while you're out doing manly stuff, like punching trees and head banging to Toby Keith, your wife has been busy learning on the internet. She has the kids health and wellbeing to worry about, since you seem to not have enough time on your hands to concern yourself with that as much as she does. So she's taken full advantage of the technology age, and does a lot of reading online. She's discovered that vaccines aren't as great as we've been led to believe, and she's been pouring her "spare time" into learning about vaccination. It's been a hot topic for years now. You know this, because you've seen people you know desperately trying to share the dangers with anyone who will read it. You've also seen people you know raving about 'the benefits of vaccination are unquestionable', and 'it's irresponsible not to subject your children to the government's ever growing childhood vaccine schedule'. Cool story, bro. You probably don't have the time or energy to get into the topic. Much easier to trust the doctors who recommend it. After all, they're professionals and obviously know everything there is to know about current medical practices. I can relate. Used to be there myself.
But, your wife has already picked up on the red flags and holes in scientific theory regarding vaccination. She already knows that vaccines can and do regularly cause a myriad of different health issues, ranging in severity from mild and almost undetectable to serious and life threatening. She knows that injecting known neurotoxins, foreign DNA, carcinogens and other toxins into a baby isn't the sliced bread invention that they tell us it is. She's already made the decision to refrain from vaccinating your kids anymore, ever since she watched a bunch of #hearthiswell videos. Believe it or not, she's also read plenty of actual vaccine science that is very concerning, linking a plethora of health issues with routine shots. She's watched doctors and scientists speaking out against the grain, putting their careers in jeopardy to do so. She's seen how diseases were becoming drastically less deadly even before their respective vaccines hit the market.
She even took a popular vaccine quiz to see how much she actually knew on the topic. Spoiler alert: she scored pretty high.
But now, she needs to figure out where you stand on it. She needs your support. You have a pretty big decision to make. You've probably already talked about it. You've either rolled your eyes, or, if you're smarter than that, you've simply said, "whatever you think is best, babe.." which of course is guy code for, "I'm not that interested. If I tell you that I trust your ability to decipher information correctly, maybe you'll stop talking." But one thing I know for sure is that you really don't care that much about this topic. I know this because you prove it day in and day out. While your wife contributes to the easily 98% female vaccine skeptic club, of which there are now literally millions in, you choose to continue living your man life, unconcerned with things of such trivial importance. Even if your wife's convinced you that vaccination's a terrible idea, you are perfectly content to sit back and let her take the lead. Great look.
See, men have a big impact on things. Their voices naturally carry weight.
When I say men, I'm talking about fathers. Males that have chosen to grow up, settle down, work for a living, and support their families. You know, real men. That's you, I hope. If not, I'm sure you'll get offended by this blog. But I'm not talking to you, so now's a good time to pay even more attention to what I'm saying. Grab a pen. Maybe someday you can punch trees, drink neat whiskey and wrestle bears too. I believe in you.
Fathers in particular have a powerful voice. Despite this, the rapidly growing, dare I say trendy, "anti-vax"/Ex-vaxxer movement is dominated by women. And I do mean absolutely dominated. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing like a mama bear with her children's safety at the forefront of her mind. They are powerful and basically unstoppable. But they are also treated horribly in many societal circles. They are mocked, slandered, cursed, laughed at, and verbally abused over and over again if they decide to speak out against vaccines publicly. I would know - I've been in the virtual trenches with them, and it's not pretty. The internet is a depressing place most of the time. Believe me, comment threads under a viral news vaccine polls are not anything like the mindless threads of the Star Wars mashup videos you frequent. There's no beauty in a public vaccine thread. On one side is your wife, speaking her opinion and sharing what she's learned, hoping that someone somewhere will read it and start researching what she's already spent hundreds if not thousands of hours on. She knows there will be blowback if she takes a stand. She does it anyway. It's not fun - only a sadistic loony would find this topic fun. It's not visibly rewarding; aside from a smattering of "likes" or "loves" she may receive from like minds. That's not why she's chosen to take a public stand on this hot button issue. She's taken a stand because she believes in her heart 100% that vaccines are a greater risk than any perceived benefit, and she's desperate to warn others who might not already know.
She's attacked left and right; mostly by entitled millennials with no kids, who seem to have major stability issues. But then there's a nurse telling her she's a bad mom, a family member voicing their naive disagreement, or a personal friend stating that the CDC is pretty much the only angelic branch of government, unicorningly having our best interests at heart. These types of comments hurt, and even if your wife manages to keep her cool under stress and is able strongly defend her position, she is shamed for even questioning vaccine safety. She is told she needs to trust doctors, because they have a degree and she doesn't. Whatever evidence she presents is immediately labeled as "biased" or "unscientific". If she manages to summon the courage to speak out publicly, she gets verbally and emotionally abused constantly.
Where are you, DAD?
Where are you, husband?
Where are you, MAN?
Probably working or off doing manly stuff, but that doesn't change the fact that I don't see you sticking up for your wife. I don't see you fighting for what she believes so strongly in alongside her. You already know why. It's because you don't know as much as she does. You've likely either ignored her pleas to you completely, or you've decided you're too busy, and that she can handle it herself. Even if your wife isn't active online in raising awareness, you probably haven't read any of her books, seen any of the science(much less know how to properly interpret it), watched any of the thousands of injury testimonies, or studied an ounce of this in general, so jumping in to defend her would be pretty pointless, wouldn't it?
Imagine for a moment that for whatever reason, you have to take your kid to the pediatrician by yourself, and you know your wife is against or is questioning vaccines, but the doctor is rambling through her spiel about how deadly whooping cough and measles are. Polio gets brought up per the overplayed norm. Meningitis. Scary. 'There's a vaccine for all that,' she says. 'Your child's not up to date, and we need to catch him up or he'll die.' What do you say, DAD? You got the cojones to refuse a common medical practice in your wife's absence? Not without proper research, you don't, and you'll look like an idiot in the process if you do. What was that your wife mentioned about aborted fetal cells? Aluminum? Glutamate?
Well, this is uncomfortable now isn't it?
Here's more awkwardness for ya: The only DADS I see fighting with and sticking up for the thousands of women like your wife are dads with vaccine injured children. Sure, they're still dwarfed by the numbers of mothers who've experienced an injury to their child that speak out, but these dads mean business and people tend to receive their words well.
Dads who were once like you. Dads who either trusted their government, their doctor, or even their wife whose eyes were not yet opened. Dads who allowed their children to be subjected to an unnatural round of injections, and suddenly became "one in a million". Welcome to the club - it's getting pretty full in here.
But it's too late for us in some ways. We can't take back what we did out of ignorance. We can't reverse time and just not go to the doctor that day.
Some of us have mildly injured and "repairable" children.
Some of us have outwardly "normal" children who've been affected mentally.
Some of us have permanently affected children who will feel the effects for the rest of their lives.
Some of us have dead children.
Hindsight is 20/20 AF when it comes to vaccine injury.
But we now know we were duped into thinking our opinions on the subject didn't matter, or that it was better left to a professional to make health decisions for your family. We speak out because we failed our child, and we're doing everything we can to warn others of the red flags and dangers involved with routine vaccination.
If you've made it this far, the point of all this should be clear.
It's a challenge, and a call to arms of all DADS everywhere, to invest in their children's future and research this topic alongside your wife. Once you're more knowledgable, you will find it hard to disagree with or ignore her, and chances are you'll end up woke AF in the process. Suddenly you'll see the entire vaccine program for what it is: a massive, unethical government experiment that is on the brink of complete failure. You'll want to tell others about it. You'll develop thicker skin. A more clear and open mind. Your voice can become powerful if you choose to use it. The more voices we have, the more we are heard by the masses, as evidenced by plummeting vaccine compliance rates, with no deadly outbreaks to speak of. You'll realize that bypassing the body's natural filtration systems by injecting a concoction of crap is a terrible idea. You'll see how money and greed literally rule the vaccine market.
It's ok to be skeptical and speak out once in a while, DAD. If anything, your voice is really needed right now. If not for the world, then for your own family. Be a man. Your wife will love you even more.