This comment was by Liam Johnson on the post “The uncomfortable truth about educated people and unprotected sex.”
This is not surprising. There have been many scientific studies (if I had more time here at work, I’d look some of them up) indicating that love and pre-sex hormones make us stupid.
It’s not merely the “hey, I could get some here, but I don’t have a condom with me… what the hell, just this once, because I don’t want to let this opportunity slip away” aspect, we actually, in scientifically measurable ways, lose common sense and IQ points, which lead us to do stupid things like assume that the person we’re with COULDN’T be one of the ones who actually has any of the nasty diseases, and that WE won’t be the unlucky ones to conceive a child.
This is one of the things I try to teach my children, that it’s not just a matter of KNOWING the right thing to do, it’s a matter of making it extremely easy TO do, because in the heat of battle (so to speak), we already have physiology working against us (not to mention the biological urge to reproduce and the fact that it just feels better without a condom), we don’t need any extra reasons why this time is the time we should do without.
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