Saturday, April 03, 2010
Would You Like a Free Sperm Keyring?
A friend of ours has come to stay the weekend, and has very thoughtfully brought us a gift. She works for the Learning & Skills Council helping youngsters get into employment. The government is now apparently encouraging the LSC to get into the business of sex education and giving out free condoms. Nothing wrong with that. Indeed, it may be quite a good idea. Part of the sex education is to educate young men that there are different sizes of condom and that they should make sure they buy the right size in order to avoid unfortunate splits. They are taught that condoms come in extra large, large, medium and, er, "trim" sizes! And to aid them, they are given a piece of card called "Size & Shape". This is to inform them that it's not length that matters but, er, girth. (Please note how I am trying to keep this tasteful). However, they are then told not to put their, ahem, 'appendages' through the holes in case they get paper cuts! You really couldn't make this up.
I'm assuming the LSC doesn't pay anything for these items, as they are plastered with adverts for Pasante condoms - from "trim" to King Size.
As well as these handy cards, participants are also given a key ring ... with a plastic sperm hanging off the end. Apparently they get a free key ring if they agree to have a chlamydia test... I'd be intrigued to find out how much these keyrings are costing the LSC - or should I say, the taxpayer. They contain no message and I cannot think what purpose they serve.