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Elizabeth Boskey, Ph.D.

Where Did You Wear It?

By March 9, 2012

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Let me say, right up front, that I stand with Planned Parenthood. I volunteered at a Planned Parenthood affiliate for the first time when I was in junior high school, and I've spent a lot of time in their clinics in the years since - both as a researcher and a patient. That established, I have to admit that, at the moment, I am doing a bit of boggling along with my standing. The reason? Where Did You Wear It? - the new Planned Parenthood sponsored website for mapping where you've recently had safer sex.

Don't get me wrong. I appreciate that they're trying to make people proud of their condom use. That's a good thing. I also appreciate that their choices for individual and partner gender are reasonably inclusive. However, I find the whole concept more than a bit bizarre. I'm not offended by it. I'm just not convinced that the average sexually active person on the street wants to go look at a map of where people have had protected sex. I also have no idea who, other than a sex educator, would want to submit to it. Has our society really grown that fond of exhibitionism?

Boggling aside, I think that such a map, once generated, could be a great tool for public health education. You could use it to show people across the country that couples in their neighborhoods are saying they have hot, safer sex and hopefully encourage them to the same. In theory, the map could also be a tool for research, but I'd personally be pretty hesitant about trusting the data. The amount of information requested probably discourages repeated creation of fake events, but I wouldn't be surprised if many people post just for fun. Not that that's a bad thing. If people think it's fun to make up places they've had safe sex, maybe they'll also decide it's fun to have it.

Still, the site is worth checking out, if for no other reason than they've created an awesome condom font. I desperately want a copy for my very own.

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April 24, 2012 at 10:33 am
(1) sally says:

The truth is this website set up by planned parenthood is disgraceful. planned parenthood should not only be defunded but prosecuted for the evil they’ve unleased in the world. Unbelievable. Did you know that condoms are allowed to have holes of a certain size in the latex? The hole may be small enough to prevent sperm but not cells of the HIV virus. Comparing a sperm cell to an HIV cell is like comparing a basketball to a BB. Condoms fail to prevent pregnancy all the time. How many people get infected with life threatening diseases because of planned parenthoods wanton promotion of “sex on demand, followed by abortion on demand” when the natural result occurs? You do the math.

April 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm
(2) Mary says:

I noticed in your article you mentioned “safer sex.” My Pastor put it perfectly while expressing his love for God and us, “Sex was never MEANT to be dangerous…” If a man and a woman remained celibate before marriage, they both would be bringing the most precious gift to one another. God gave us commands because He loves us and wants the BEST for us. And that is just the awesome Father He is. Nothing but His holiness and our best. I can say this with all confidence because I know Him! You can, too. Go to GoodPerson dot com.

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