Condoms in different cultures and Sex Education Controversies
In different countries
The issue of sex education is a controversial one. The two basic types of sex education in the United States are abstinence-only and comprehensive. While comprehensive education advocates abstinence as the primary defense against unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and HIV/AIDS, it also addresses the inevitability that some adolescents have or will engage in sexual behavior. Twenty-one of the fifty states have school districts which provide condom availability programs (Brown, Pennylegion, & Hillard, 1997). Providing information about contraception and how to have “safer” sex is an integral part of comprehensive sex education. Providing condoms in schools is a much debated aspect of some comprehensive programs. In contrast, abstinence-only programs discuss abstinence, or refraining from sex until marriage, as the only guarantee of protection from the growing epidemics of teenage pregnancy, STDs, and HIV/AIDS. Although published surveys report 68% to 75% of adults have supported distributing condoms in schools (Fanburg, Kaplan, & Naylor, 1995), more than half of students in the United States are being taught abstinence-only curricula, according to a website dedicated to adult sex education, (http://www.eroticuniversity.com/articles/sexed1.htm). Both types of education seek to diminish the growing rate of these problems among adolescents. Advocates of either program have strong opinions on having condoms available to students in school.
Venezuelan Catholic spokesman repeats the lie that condoms are no protection against HIV
The Government has an approved family planning programme that advocates free condom distribution. There have been no moralistic objections to condom use. The assumption is that it is used only by married couples, for birth control. Pre-marital, extra-marital and gay sex are still taboo.
Here is a PSA made in more reasonable times.
The right wing BJP has been the butt of recent jokes following claims that student hostels in the nation’s capital were dens of drugs and sex, and that used condoms could be found in their hundreds!
Across the border, prudery persists, as seen by this condom ad.