Ellen Goodman's column in yesterday's Boston Globe lists the corrections and regrets from her year's columns. Here is but one:
Have you noticed that the only thing that the abstinence-only crowd cannot abstain from is criticizing their critics? Writing about their sex mis-education, we chided a text for teaching, among other things, that "cervical cancer is the result of premarital sex." Dozens of readers wrote to insist that since the human papillomavirus strain may cause cervical cancer, this cancer qualifies as a sexually transmitted disease.
Well, folks, it's still not the premarital sex that causes the cancer. But let's make a deal: We will add that STD footnote to our annual list if they will add condoms to their curriculum.