After TikTok-famous Nurse Holly posted a short video calling abstinence "the best way to prevent STDs," legions of social media-using nurses loudly—and creatively—denounced her claim.
An opinion shared on a social media platform seems equally likely to be buried instantly under a mountain of new content with every passing second. Or that opinion can catch like wildfire, make the rounds and be on everyone's radar by dinner time.
But if, like @nursehollyofficial on TikTok, someone has 1.7 million followers, those odds skew a bit. Nurse Holly learned that the hard way and suffered the old internet onslaught.
Nurse Holly's inbox...
The TikTok video in question has since been deleted on account of the storm it produced.
But despite the video's deletion, it kicked around Twitter plenty before Nurse Holly made that choice.
if i go to get tested and the nurse tell me i should have waited till marriage SOMEONE is getting knocked tf out https://t.co/cVnNENVIBi— margo ♍︎ (@margo ♍︎) 1578698545.0
In response to the backlash, Nurse Holly told Buzzfeed:
"I understand that my voice will not be accepted by many as it's an unpopular view. This video was simply created with the intention of helping little girls see that saving sex for one partner may have certain benefits."
Most of the fruits of that backlash are the myriad ways nurse's responded to Holly's public-school-health-class ethos.
@dumbbitchmargo Huh. So how does she explain why teens given abstinence-only educations actually have higher STI an… https://t.co/khgwgv5J4E— Dr Heather Hughson (@Dr Heather Hughson) 1578866134.0
healthcare professionals that don’t let judgment guide their practice let me hear y’all make some noise!!! 🩺… https://t.co/mFxhfZkZ9L— Diego (@Diego) 1578883765.0
Of course, plenty of non-nurses were not shy about criticism.
@dumbbitchmargo Ok I took your advice and waited but turns out my husband has the clap what do I do now— hollister (@hollister) 1578789682.0
@dumbbitchmargo 1) STIs not STDs 2) About 1 in 2 Americans has herpes, most don't know because they don't display s… https://t.co/zL6ygVqSHG— OrangeGoth 🍊🦇🎃 essek apologist (@OrangeGoth 🍊🦇🎃 essek apologist) 1578902502.0
And just like that, TikTok became the catalyst for lively, informative debate about contraception and public health.
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