We’re stunned by a slew of articles lately declaring a decline in condom use. What are people thinking?
A little round up:
1. In a Marie Claire article entitled Am I the Last Woman Using Condoms, the author quotes someone trying to get in her pants as saying, "People like us don't get STDs. You know: White. Heterosexual. Middle-class. It's all blown out of proportion." Yikes. That sentence is its own birth control!
2. Time addresses the phenomenon in their article, (No) Condom Culture: Why Teens Aren’t Practicing Safe Sex. Their terrifying stats include:
- Nearly 50% of sexually active college students aren’t using condoms.
- The CDC says the percentage of American students using condoms peaked at 60% a decade ago.
- Americans 15 to 24 get chlamydia and gonorrhea at four times the rate of the rest of us, and those in their early 20s have the highest reported cases of syphilis and HIV.
3. The current trend in “contraception” is pulling out, if you believe a recent-ish article in New York Magazine.
Not shockingly, STD rates are on the rise. Misguided explanations offered for this condom decline include that the Pill and the IUD “take care” of pregnancy (apparently more of a concern than STDs for some) and that dating is dead (wired, social media integrated, text-centric singles have more casual sex with less advanced planning). Equally upsetting is that the youngest generation currently having sex doesn’t fear AIDS; it isn’t the crisis it was a decade or so ago. Particularly sad is that even in 2014, sexist sex persists. In an effort to “get” a guy no matter what, some girls won’t ask him to wear a condom.
All of this should mean more condom use, not less! Intimacy and connection shouldn’t involve this kind of compromise—and how often does a quickie with someone you barely know result in mind blowing sex? But the negative consequences of a condom-free night are so far removed from the decision made in the moment.
Thankfully, not everyone has lost it. This (anonymous) “proud condom carrying woman” gets it right in her student newspaper: “I’m afraid the culprit of this major sexual health problem is the long-standing, sexist, condom culture that exists in our country.”
Join us to reverse this trend. AIDS is still deadly. STDs are no joke. Neither are unwanted pregnancies. Wrap it up, people!
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