Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Just a note to thank you for the beautiful condom cases. I clearly delighted a group of very at risk high school girls the other day when after a not so promising conversation about healthy decisions, I brought out a few of the cases. They thought they were beautiful and wanted to know more about condoms.....the conversation took a positive turn. Today, I took two dozen to the Mitchellville Women's Correctional Facility. About every 12 weeks I do a program about STD/HIV and birth control for inmates who are preparing for release. They will receive the cases upon release when they get a few personal items to get started along with information about every Title X funded clinic in the state. Staff members were impressed that they were so pretty and functional.
I will look forward to hearing from you, and again, thank you such a great product and for making it available to us.
Central Iowa Family Planning Inc.
PO Box 1146
704 May Street
Marshalltown, IA 50158
Saturday, August 16, 2008
John Edwards… not only betrayed his vows, but could have potentially put his wife’s delicate health at even more risk. What an ass.
Not that this is going to happen to everyone, but it shows it can happen to anyone.
What if this videographer (you can hardly call her a filmmaker) had an STD that she wasn’t even aware of? Edwards’ wife was in remission for her cancer at the time of the affair… as he reminded all of America during his pathetic confirmation of his ultimate act of narcissism… so her body was already exhausted from fighting her own cells… introduce an STD and she’s contending with possible cervical cancer to boot, along with a myriad of other problems.
So does this mean we should all wear condoms forever during a marriage or long term relationship?
No. Not out of fear, but it teaches us to pay attention and keep our eyes open…
Thursday, August 7, 2008
To view the article below on the NPR site, click the following link:
'Sex Without Condoms' Prompts Heated Debate
Thursday, as part of Day to Day's series "What's the New What," Pendarvis Harshaw, a teen who grew up in
Oakland offers his own provocative take on the relationship dream. "Sex without condoms is the new engagement ring," he suggested in an on-air essay. Among his friends and acquaintances, ditching the condoms for other forms of birth control like the pill, signifies taking monogamy to a new level; partners are required to trust each other completely at the risk of getting an STD. Given that few of his friends in their late teens are thinking much about marriage, this transforms a prophylactic into a relationship sign-post along the lines of an engagement ring. California
When I read this, I wanted to scream. Our children are searching in the dark for love and finding Pandora’s Box. Sex without a condom is the new engagement ring? Are you serious? Guess the guys are getting off cheap since the most expensive condom is about a dollar!!! These kids need a lesson about serial monogamy… even though you think you are taking your relationship to the next level, and you are trusting your partner… do you trust all the partners they’ve been “monogamous” with in the past? And what does monogamy really mean to these kids… what’s the time limit? When does the timer go off to tell you that you can stop using a condom? Are you monogamous when you are exclusively dating for 2 weeks… 1 month? So let’s say you are monogamous with someone for 1 month… and you are at that magic level of trust to not use a condom… then you break up and you start to date someone else exclusively… for 2 weeks… for 4 weeks… you’re now a serial monogamist!!!
It’s high school people!! The concept of Time for kids is completely different than ours as adults. I look at my husband and say I can’t believe we’ve been together for 9 years it seems much shorter than that! Kids say… I have to wait a WHOLE HOUR before I can have that? So they’re idea of a “long-term” relationship is totally skewed. They’ve only been on the planet for 16 years, and have only had raging hormones for 5 years, how long-term can it be?
Where is the responsibility aspect of a sexual relationship and why aren’t we all talking about ALL of these things with our kids? An Abstinence Only education is ridiculous; we need to have a well rounded education process and parents need to clue in by talking to their kids. I’m yelling from this soap box… CAN ANYONE HEAR ME?????? :)