You know it's a good psychology class when I have something to say.
The year was 1987. There was a huge AIDS awareness campaign in Hong Kong, where I'm from. There were PSAs on TV, talking about the three ways to contract HIV: from mother to a child, intravenous drug use, and sexual contact.
I was 6. I understood quite a lot already. Since I was from a single-parent family, my mother taught me about the differences between the two genders, and how procreation worked. But then again, I was 6. There were tons of things I didn't understand. AIDS was one of them. I knew it was a disease with no known cure. I knew diseases were spreaded by batteria and viruses. I understood how an illness could be passed on from a mother to a child, and by sharing a needle. But I did not understand the "promiscuous behaviors" they talked about on TV. So I asked:
Me: What does "promiscuous behavior" mean?
Mother: Well, it means people have sex casually. You should not have sex before you got married.
For the next 5 years, I kept wondering what differences a wedding ceremony could make. I honestly thought that people who had sex before they got married would get AIDS, and people who had sex after they were married would not. I believed there was a certain mechanism by which you can disable the contraction of AIDS via sexual contact. I just didn't know what.
Much thanks to traditional beliefs, my psych class now knows me as the-kid-who-once-thought-the-wedding-dress-was-the-cure.
i don't think that's a silly assumption for a 6 year old to make, based on the facts presented.
by kd at February 18, 2002 6:17 PM
I used to think that, when the turn blinker went on in a car, it was because the car "knew" that you were going to turn.
by mg at February 18, 2002 6:29 PM