Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I like to spend a bit of time perusing Stuff (the website) at work. I do this partly because it is really the only website of any interest that I can actually access and because I like to challenge Renata, Sam and Brent to the quiz each day. Today while perusing I found an article entitled "Teen sexual disease rates worry schools" now because I am a frequent visitor to a school with teens, this interested me. I opened it up and the first word that draws my attention is Taranaki (ahh, my home province, doesn't it make you proud!) The articles opening statement was... "The rate of sexually transmitted infections is through the roof in Taranaki because of younger teenagers engaging in regular sex." Really? they are having sex, and this is how they are getting sexually transmitted diseases? Gee I am glad you cleared that up for me, I was a little confused as to how it was happening. After clearing that up I started to remember my teen years in the good old Naki and I have to say, things have not really changed. That kinda makes it sound like I may have had a sexually transmitted disease, but rest assured blog followers this is not the case, I was really quite virtuous back then. The one time I remember taking a condom to a party I gave it to my best friend and lets just say the rest of the story involved her, a not too lovely young man and a trampoline, enough said. It was this party that sprung to mind because 3 of my best friends lost their virginity that night and there was only one condom at that party. I think the only thing that has changed in Taranaki, or anywhere in New Zealand for that matter is the complete saturation the media has on our lives. All these terrible things teens do these days were done before, teens are not coming up with anything new, they just have new toys to do it with (note, don't mean sexual toys here, but who knows they may have some new toys in that area as well) What we do have is a media franchise that loves to tell us everything. I bet there are teens involved in trampoline fun all over the country, and good luck to them I say, just wear a bloody condom!