Erin Brownback, a pro-life ASU PhD student, posted a tweet this morning about a campaign Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest has been running since at least spring 2012.
Called “Where Did You Wear It,” at first read, it sounds like a bad Saturday Night Live skit.
Starting during National Condom Week (it’s a real thing) in 2012, PPGNW gave away 55,000 condoms with QR tracking codes on them to students at western Washington colleges (think Seattle Pacific, Washington State, etc). When the students scan the codes, they are taken to a sex check-in site, www.wheredidyouwearit.com. They received 65,000 visitors to their website and had 4,500 check-ins.
Doing my full journalistic duty, I checked in on the site. (Now I need a long shower with lots of soap.)
The site asks for all the details about where you had sex, yours and your partner’s details, if you used condoms, how the sex was, what your relationship is, and why you used a condom. After you check in, the site puts a little pin on the map with that info: “A 20 something girl and a guy whose relationship is all about love and have already talked about safer sex and STDs used a condom in the bedroom to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. It was ah-maz-ing – rainbows exploded and mountains trembled.”
Then the site asks if you want to share it on Twitter or Facebook. Um, no thanks.
If you so desire, you can filter the map based on any of the details it asked (genders, quality of sex, etc.). Voyeuristic much? The majority of the pins are in Seattle, but they are also scattered throughout the Pacific Northwest.
I am thankful that irresponsible college students are making some effort to prevent unplanned pregnancies by wearing condoms instead of just sucking innocent babies down sinks. However, this whole “log where you did it” aspect is just another way sex outside marriage is being made into a casual, normal, and entertaining hobby.
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No matter how many preventatives one uses, a child is still a very real outcome to sex. Our culture seems to have conveniently forgotten that a child doesn’t choose to be conceived; the parents choose to conceive the child. (Because sex = babies. Hello, sixth grade biology!)
Planned Parenthood has been called out by Consumer Reports for distributing low-grade condoms that have a high failure rate. Even if the condoms are higher quality, their success rate only applies if they are stored and used perfectly. Also, various studies found standard quality condoms can have as high a breakage rate as 40%!
Condoms to Planned Parenthood are like club cards to grocery stores. You get freebies to bring you back. In the long run, cheap advertising for them and you’ll pay the price.