Anything works better when you know how to use it!

This columnist argues that teenagers shouldn’t be taught about contraception because studies show that younger, poorer, unmarried people using oral contraceptives or condoms are more likely to get pregnant than older, more affluent, married people using the same devices.  It’s an interesting attempt at logic, but it leaves out a crucial point:

Any contraceptive method that requires action by the user (that is, anything except surgery) works better when used correctly.  How do you learn to use it correctly? Read more…

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Planned Porcine Hoods?

Recently I received a flurry of indignant e-mails from Planned Parenthood, decrying the refusal of FOX and CBS to air a condom commercial.  Not condom commercials in general, just one in particular.  Planned Parenthood urged me to contact everyone imaginable, demanding that this commercial must be aired so people can protect themselves from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Now, I believe in sexual freedom and informed decision-making, and I’m aware of the importance of condom use in situations other than lifelong monogamy…but I get suspicious when someone urges the broadcast of a particular message without giving me any specifics on what that message actually is. Read more…