Colorful Condom Dispensers in Chicago Public Schools

Barb Wire

For those who care about how our hard-earned taxes are spent, take a look-see at the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative (TPPI) for Chicago Public Schools that is being paid for by a $20 million federal grant.

Some of this money was used to create posters like this one that will be displayed in public schools in yet another misguided attempt to curb unintended pregnancies and what Mayor Rahm Emanuel referred to recently as “socially transmitted diseases” (please, kids, abstain from social intercourse):

This poster (and another on p. 19 of the TPPI that features the Willis Tower encased in a bright red condom) follows last year’s twisted posters that depicted photos of topless pregnant teenage boys.

In order to hammer home his message that it’s not a good idea for teenage boys—I mean, girls—to get pregnant, Mayor Emanuel is going to have free condoms distributed  in 24 Chicago high schools this coming fall. Nothing says “avoid pregnancies and STD’s” quite like a peck of free condoms.

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According to the TPPI document, condoms will be distributed through “tabletop condom dispensers,” “wall-mounted condom dispensers with changeable message faces,” and “electronic locker-sized condom dispensers with LED screens.”

What freebies are next in Chicago public high schools? E-cigarettes and clean needles?

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Laurie Higgins
Laurie Higgins has worked as the Cultural Analyst for the Illinois Family Institute (IllinoisFamily.org) since the fall of 2008. Prior to that, she worked full-time in the writing center of a suburban Chicago high school, where all four of her children attended. She is currently working on bulking up her stick arms by dead-lifting her five grandchildren--one at a time, of course.

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