Friday, August 11, 2006

Johnny, Remember Me

From the BBC.

Some teenagers are failing to use condoms properly, risking unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, a snapshot study suggests.

What could they mean ?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I read her blog, mind numbing.

"Hiya, Im Mareaka...I live in England but am from the Caribbean lol"

Why lol? Why is that funny? In fact almost every statement she makes is ended 'lol'. I didnt laugh once however.

(In her photos it would seem unlikely that she is from the Caribbean in the sense its normally meant ie she is not seemingly of afro-caribbean origin.)

Laban said...

I don't think she's studying English Literature ...

Joe90 said...

Come on anonymous, even you must have been young once.

(Mental image appears of unsmiling little boy with pudding bowl haircut performing 'experiments' on his pet hamster.)

DumbJon said...

Suppose you were an alien visitor with only a vague knowlege of human anatomy, wouldn't you be able to work out how a condom works ?

If the kids aren't using them right, just what are they doing with them ? Or is it best not to ask ?

dearieme said...

Well, if they've been taught to put them on cucumbers......

Dave said...

anonymous, its perfectly possible for someone who is either 'white' brown, or very fair skin to come from the Caribbean.

Its only about 90% black which ofcourse is a lot, but by no means exclusive.

JohnM said...

Slightly off topic but about condoms.

When I worked in Africa a few years ago, I saw women selling a brown powder by the side of the road, which I initially thought was some kind of spice. I subsequently learnt that it was a powder that dried the vagina during sex. I saw this sold in Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Of course, this dramatically increases the risk of AIDS transmission because both parties sexual organs can easily suffer skin breaks. This practice is incompatible with condoms, because of their reliance on lubrication to avoid tearing - a lubrication which is also dried up by the powder. In any case, condoms with lubrication would seem to be contradictory to the primary objective of dry sex.

Strangely, I have seen very little discussion of this point in the West, which is odd when you consider the position of the Catholic church discouraging use of condoms in sub-Saharan Africa and the campaign to get them to change their minds.

Here's an exception from Salon.