Condoms

In a month that's seen a sustained attack on even the non-abortion-providing parts of Planned Parenthood and a battle over the morality and necessity of contraception, it's refreshing to have some different news to share about them both. That said, I kind of wish it wasn't this: Planned Parenthood is distributing free condoms with QR-code that allow users to "check in" online when they're having safe sex

The campaign is called "Where Did You Wear It" (a question to which there are, I think, just two answers) and is meant to promote safe sex. Users can scan the condom package (fortunately not the condom itself) with their phones and then fill out basic information — name, age, gender, partner's gender — and your approximate location. More than 55,000 condoms have been distributed so far, with sexy check-ins reported in all fifty states and all six continents. 

The site's page has this disclaimer: 

Sex happens. More importantly, safe sex happens! ... Of course, abstinence from sexual activity is the only sure way to prevent both pregnancy and the spread of STDs. But remember: Sex happens. We’re not encouraging you to have sex or not have sex.  We’re just encouraging people to be safer in their activities. This site is intended to provide a visual representation that safe sex happens too. There is strength in numbers. There is leadership by example. Be part of the solution. Be smart. Be sexy. Be responsible. Have safe sex and be counted to help normalize the use of condoms.

Which both pleases and saddens me. Pleases because it's level-headed, clear, and right on the mark. Saddens because in 2012, we're back in a place where Planned Parenthood has to tiptoe around the idea that adults have sex and that they don't always want babies to result — a fact of life that's been around since the first Imperial throw-pillow had to be sent out for dry-cleaning. 

Now we all just have to sit back, pray the stupid culture wars cool down, and write to our local FourSquare representatives, asking how long it will take for them to develop a plug-in. Because then I'm gonna be Mayor of that ass. 

Commentarium (5 Comments)

Mar 23 12 - 4:13pm
Me

There are seven continents. You're probably referring to the six permanently inhabited ones.

Mar 23 12 - 6:36pm
BenReininga

How'd you guess?

Mar 24 12 - 5:41pm
Kold

I imagine people in Antarctica get their freak on just like everyone else, but their shopping options are more limited.

Mar 24 12 - 3:03am
Fawkes

Fitting that you can possibly get a digital virus scanning this before you can possibly get a real virus.

Mar 24 12 - 9:26pm
JCF

When I first saw this, I thought it was some sort of condom legitimacy check thing, to make sure your condom hasn't been recalled or some such. Unfortunately, it's not. I don't get why they have to verify use. What would they do differently based on the results?