When Fun Condoms Aren’t So Fun

Yesterday, I was reading the June 2102 edition of the Reader’s Digest. I was flipping through it, and came across a very interesting section entitled, “Time to Log Off”. In that little section there was a paragraph about Planned Parenthood’s new effort to encourage “safe sex”. This is what the Reader’s Digest said:

TMI PR Stunt: On, the ‘it’ is a condom, and the point is to let people know you are having safe sex. Last February, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest distributed 55,000 condoms at colleges in western Washington. Each wrapper had a bar code that could be scanned with a smart phone, letting couples anonymously share online their gender, age, sexual orientation, and the location of the tryst. The condoms have traveled across six continents.  

It bothers me that tax-payer dollars are used to pay for these condoms. It is our money that pays for bar codes to be printed on the condom wrappers. It is our tax dollars paying for this publicity stunt. Personally, I am extremely offended by Planned Parenthood. They often get caught with their foot in their mouth, but this is a blatant misuse of resources. They are not only promoting “safe sex”. They are promoting sex.

They want to make sex fun. They want to make it hip by allowing people to log on to a site and tell others they are using  protection. So, what is the big deal? Well, “safe sex” isn’t safe. There are many negative consequences from sex. Emotional turmoil often accompanies sexual interactions. This is what Steven E. Rhoads, Laura Webber, and Diana Van Vleet wrote for The Chronicle in an article entitled, “The Emotional Costs of Hooking Up“:

My female students tell me that the emotional pain caused by casual sex goes largely unreported by women, because they are often ashamed that they care about men who treat them like strangers the next morning. They don’t want the men involved or the rest of the campus to know about their tears.

Our culture idolizes sex. Being sexually active is cool. However, few people think through their decision to participate in sexual intercourse. The emotional toll that sex can take on a person is monstrous. Unfortunately, I can attest to the destruction that comes from sex outside of marriage. But I can also testify that there is a powerful savior who can change the life of anyone.

God used the Gospel to transform my life. He changed my heart from one of stone and disobedience to one of flesh and humble service. God made me a new creation through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Hopefully, those caught up in Planned Parenthood’s condom scheme will be changed as well.

Thanks for reading.

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About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on June 19, 2012, in Christianity, Culture, Life and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Don’t know if I agree with the statement, “few people, especially women, think through their decision to participate in sexual intercourse.” In our culture, I don’t think either gender thinks through the cost. I don’t think women are any different than men in that respect. I enjoyed the point of your blog post though.

  2. Thanks for taking my thoughts into consideration and altering your post.

    • Thanks for pointing it out. I was attempting to say that women are often more hurt than men by engaging in sex, but obviously that sentence didn’t communicate that.


  3. “The emotional toll that sex can take on a person is monstrous. Unfortunately, I can attest to the destruction that comes from sex outside of marriage.”

    Just because you are some sexual prude doesn’t mean the vast majority of people who arn’t hung up on bronze age beliefs are.

    This may come as a surprise, but many people actually enjoy sex, outside of marriage or not.

    Go live 2000 years ago, your beliefs may be still relevant back then.

    • I enjoy sex with my wife, who I love deeply. The problem is that humans give other’s the most intimate parts, physically and emotionally, away without the commitment that comes with the bonds of marriage. That is destructive. I can attest to it. Calling me a “prude” or saying that I am “hung up on bronze age beliefs” isn’t really interacting with my article. It is simply trolling. What you need to answer is this? Is it okay to sleep with anyone why want? If not why not? How do you account for any morality at all?

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