Life Imitates South Park: Condoms

James Taranto provides yet another example of life imitating South Park:

“Frustrated that they don’t know how to speak to their children about sex, the parents of South Park demand that their children get taught sexual education at school. Mr. Mackey, who can’t remember how to have sex, tries to teach the boys. Ms. Choksondik teaches the girls about STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) and she scares the girls. The girls are so scared that they demand that the boys wear condoms, before they will even talk to them. . . . The boys finally learn from Mr. Mackey that they can only get an STD from having intercourse with the girls; they don’t need to be wearing condoms all
the time.”–episode description, “Proper Condom Use,” “South
,” originally aired Aug. 1, 2001

“Roman Catholic priests in a Colombian town are furious over a councilman’s proposal that people 14 and older must carry a condom at all times to reduce unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.”–Associated
, Jan. 11, 2006

As in the case of reductio creep, there is almost mockery so extreme that it won’t eventually become reality.


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