I never cease to be amazed by the way the Scandinavians handle sex-related issues in the their countries. I’d love for the U.S. to be as open and rigorous in their attempt to solve STD problems through sex education, but I think our Puritan roots sort of fuck up that chance for us. There’s nothing like living in the dark ages when it comes to something that everyone does, right?
Similarly to the rest of those countries in that part of the world, the Norwegians are a very sexually active lot. In fact, according to studies that are the most sexually active of the Scandinavian countries and aren’t too keen on using condoms. A recent survey revealed that an overwhelming 62% of Norwegians didn’t use a condom that last time they engaged in casual sex. The thought of crawling into a bed with a stranger and not using a condom is terrifying. I’m not saying that I haven’t personally made this mistake, or that such behavior is only something you find in Norway, but fuck, that’s a huge percentage. My vagina just wept a bit at the thought.
This aversion to condoms has resulted in 20,000 reported cases of Chlamydia a year and it continues to become more and more of a problem in that neck of the woods. So much so that their neighboring buddy, Sweden, even observes a National Chlamydia Day as a means to educate their rabbits (because they fuck like rabbits) about the STD.
In the hopes of trying to get their sex fiend (I say this lovingly) country on the condom train, last night a Norwegian sexual health charity asked that all men drop whatever they were doing (probably watching the “football” games), to wrap it up and fuck for a “sex hour.” The “sex hour” was to be begin at 1900 GMT on the dot with climaxes being achieved before the hour was out so everyone could go back to their evening events.
As explained by sexologist Sidsel Kloeew, the reason to choose this day in particular is because it’s the longest day of the year and with all that extra sun shining “casual sex encounters were more likely.” Seriously? God, I love Scandinavians.
The chances of the United States ever setting aside an hour in the hopes of providing sex education through a national “sex hour” will probably never happen. Although we do have December 1st as World AIDS Day, that’s still not specific to just America.
Why it is that we, as a country, still hide from the topic of sex is really disheartening and only proves just how backward we can be about some things. While some might scoff at Sweden’s Chlamydia Day, isn’t it better to bring light to a problem before it becomes an epidemic? Do I have to point out how many people had been infected with HIV and had died from AIDS before President Reagan even said the word “AIDS” out loud publicly? No, it’s Friday, so I won’t do that. But as long as we continue to view sex and the repercussions of sex in such a taboo light, then we’re really doing a disservice to everyone. We need to take a lesson from our Nordic friends and be more proactive — even if it does mean taking a lesson or two from the Swedes.
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