When I first arrived in Wurzburg one of the things I noticed was these condom ads everywhere. When I asked Barbara about them she said new ones are up all the time, no big deal, just a reminder to be safe with some statistics about the spread of AIDS.
I am trying not to be one of those people that travels to Europe and then comes back to the states and is so disgusted by all that is American and can’t stop talking about how much better everything is in Europe. I know there are great differences in every place and I try to appreciate them rather than constantly compare them. Having said that; America sucks at Sex Education and most European countries are much better.
Condom machines are in front of most pharmacies; instead of in a sleazy bar bathroom (usually only the mens!?) or inside the planned parenthood. These machines are not just in big cities either, this one below is in San Giovanni and it was one of many in the tiny town.
I know I’m mosty just ranting here, but I wanted to share my thoughts. Below I’ve listed some statistics and links to great articles I’ve stumbled across concerning sex, sex education, etc. They are far more eloquent in their rants.
On the Dutch Model, which teaches children at a young age to openly dicuss and ask questions (SO THEY KNOW) about sex:
To some critics who argue that “talking about sex gives children the wrong idea,” Jos Poelman of the Foundation for STD control has one answer. “Face the facts. We have the lowest number of teenage mothers [in Europe], and Dutch students do not start having sex at a younger age than their foreign counterparts.”
Also Dan Savage is pretty much amazing and his podcast is free so if you don’t already listen to it you should start!