L.A. County Tries Ritual Sexual Humiliation to Reduce STDs

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

“Experts” think getting rid of “stigma” and addressing “systemic racism” will reduce STDs.

Here’s a story from two years ago when L.A. County experts were concerned about public health and were trying to reduce STDs:

Two years later and the problem is only getting worse. Apparently, not only is the spread of STDs worse, but so are the explanations (like “systemic racism”) for the rising rates. Furthermore, the means of trying to reduce STDs are stupid and abusive. If anything, they will increase promiscuity and therefore increase STDs.

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The Los Angeles Times reports, “STDs in L.A. County are skyrocketing. Officials think racism and stigma may be to blame.

The teenagers tucked their hands into their sweatshirt pockets as they shuffled to form a circle. Some gazed at the asphalt, trying to avoid the game they had been drafted to play.

“It’s like hot potato/musical chairs, but with a penis,” said the girl leading the group.

The kids gathered on a spring morning in South Los Angeles were about to get a hands-on lesson in sex education.

Many health experts say that public health problems are best tackled outside the doctor’s office — that fixing the culture that perpetuates them is more effective than changing a single patient’s behavior. For sexual health, that means combating the stigma around sex.

The teenagers, the girl explained, would pass a plastic, life-size penis around the circle. Whoever was holding it when the music stopped would have to unroll a condom onto it, completing each of the eight steps they had been taught a few minutes earlier.

The music started, and the teens looked up

The recent all-day event, called Spring Into Love, was intended to get high schoolers more comfortable talking about sex. The hope is that an open dialogue will make them more likely to seek out condoms and STD testing, and eventually reduce the spread of disease.

The focus on stigma is just one of many ways Los Angeles County health officials are trying to think outside the box as they struggle to curb rising STD rates. It’s clear that the traditional ways of preventing disease [..,] have not been working, said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, L.A. County’s interim health officer.

“If that really happened, this problem could be taken care of,” he said.

The county recently created a Center for Health Equity to evaluate the way certain public health issues are intertwined with social factors such as income and education, as well as racial discrimination.

High STD rates are at the top of the center’s list of priorities. In just the past five years, the number of gonorrhea cases in Los Angeles County doubled, with minorities suffering more than most.

The allegations of systemic racism aren’t backed up with any evidence. The story shows that people parrot whatever lines are currently popular. They have no idea what they are doing!

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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