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Monday, December 24, 2012

The Concept Is Okay; The Execution Laughable

Something tells me this won't work how they expect it...

Philadelphia installing condom dispensers in high schools to combat teen STDs
When Philadelphia high school students return from their holiday break, many will find school officials handing out gifts to even the naughty boys and girls: free condoms.

The city is rolling out condom dispensers at 22 high schools, part of what officials say is an attempt to address an alarming public health crisis.

Now, honestly, I have no problem with the high school distributing condoms to the students. One of the problems with pushing the pill and other chemical methods of birth control is that STDs are not addressed, and offering free condoms is an excellent way to combat them. As for the school being the right place for condoms, well, it's as good a place as any.

But a vending machine? Seriously? Have you NOT thought about this for even a second? These are high school kids you're talking about. $50 says that machine is empty before breakfast is finished. The first three or four kids will clean it out, and they'll be out of the month's allotment before lunch time. Free + no accountability = a dozen or so kids will have enough condoms to last them several years and then the machines will be empty...

When I was in college, the health services office had a bowl where they would leave condoms for the taking in the lobby. Usually there were a couple left over, but most often it was pretty empty - and these were college students. I can only imagine how much different it would be in a high school setting, where the very concept of sex and sexuality is more often than not discussed in laughing or boastful tones...

Maybe it will help, I hope so, but I'm not sure vending machines are the best way to go about it...

That is all.

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2 comments:

RobertM said...

What are the chances that the benefits of condom use won't just go in one ear and out the rubber?

SCI-FI said...

"Now, honestly, I have no problem with the high school distributing condoms to the students. "
^^^^^

I do. We can't give a kid an aspirin in school, but we can give them condoms? Schools can't manage the mandate they've been given -- reading, writing, arithmetic -- I've no reason to trust their judgment in pharmacological endeavors.