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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by instagramsci View Post
    Nah there's definitely enough shame around. People still kill themselves over it.
    Like all tools there is a proper way to use them. It's one thing to shame people when they do something stupid and another to just shame people in general. The former can be useful, the later not so much.

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    As well they should sometimes.
    Not exactly the overwhelming majority of cases though

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    That's why they're idiots, but I digress.

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by John Liberty View Post
    Should teenagers be given free condoms?
    I'd like to know by what mechanism these magically "free" condoms will just pop out of nowhere.

    Are the companies donating them? Unlikely. Sounds like another costly government program, which will be anything but free.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    • Teens have sex and anybody who expects them not to is profoundly retarded
    • Children cost the taxpayers lots of money (child tax credits, education, child & family services, etc.)
    • The unexpected children of teens cost us even more on top of what's already spent (lost lifetime productivity, increased crime, police, jails, etc.)
    • Giving out condoms drastically reduces the unwanted pregnancy rate
    • Currently, only 10% of children in foster homes ever get adopted (and that system costs us a lot of taxpayer money too)

    Its simple cost-benefit. You can pay a few dollars for condoms or you can pay thousands of dollars for unwanted kids.

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    That never included condoms as I recall. Kids having sex was never spoken openly and rarely privately at the time such things that you talk about were expected.
    No disrespect, but so what? It never included teens and tweens with cellphones and/or Iphones or Ipads or whatever either so that mommy and daddy could keep track of and indulge their little terrors. Times change, but personal responsibility for your own life and the lives of your offspring is eternal. The details may change, but not the principle.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    First, because abstinence programs in every school tell kids not to use them, that they don't work, that they actually make it more likely to contract disease. Second, some males are too macho to use them. Third, some kids simply are never exposed to them and don't think of them. Putting them somewhere that kids will be gets them acclimated to idea and exposes them to it. Why don't they simply make the smart choice? I don't know. I certainly do. Don't you? But some people don't. And they do more often when condoms are right in front of them and advocated to them. So what possible benefit is there in getting upset at them for making the wrong choice? Instead, help them make the right one.
    So - free condoms are supposed to take place of
    1) Informed decisions . . . free barriers doesn't make the decision any more informed.
    2) The fact that they truly are one of the least reliable forms of birth control . . . and the free ones are the worst offenders.
    3) That knowing how to use them and store them is highly important . . . lest you might as well not use them at all.
    4) Some guys are too macho? Address that however you address 'too macho' bull**** . . . and handing out something for free doesn't somehow change that.
    5) I certainly didn't use them - and it wouldn't have mattered if they were free or not or in a candy dish on my parent's coffee table.

    I have no problem advocating the right choice - and handing out free condoms doesn't improve on 'making choices' - it just 'makes it less of a thought'
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathematician View Post
    Society should make people improve themselves by letting them suffer for their own poor decisions. Doing such either improves the individual, and thus society as a whole, or at least doesn't make others take any burden they don't deserve.

    This also goes back to people saying what happens in their bedroom is only their business, hence it is only their responsibility if they want/need condoms.
    I'm a Canadian conservative, like many of my fellow Canadians - we believe in keeping the government out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms - as your post points out, you're suggesting just that - AMEN.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    People that cant afford condoms shouldnt be having sex. People that arent responsible enough to practice safe sex shouldnt be having sex. The government should not be buying and paying for items like this. People in favor of these programs should be footing the bill for these programs. Should. Should. But...

    Yes. People that cant afford condoms will still be having sex. If there is even a slight chance it prevents even a small number of them from procreating then it is worth it to purchase and provide condoms.

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    They should be embarassed, there used to be something called shame in this country where people didn't do things because they didn't want other people to think badly of them.

    We need to bring that back.
    Ok the point to be made here is that no matter what, sex is going to happen, underage or not. IF they are ashamed they might just not used them. Would you rather them do that? By the way, I agree that we need to go to that.
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