Say it with me, moral panic is fun!

by Wednesday.

In today’s Straits Times forum:

MR BILLY LUI: ‘I refer to Wednesday’s article (‘Games village wows the athletes’) on the Youth Olympics Village at Nanyang Technological University. I was surprised to learn that the 24-hour medical clinic is providing condoms, other than medical services. This is a big sporting event for youth and their primary objective is to enjoy and win the respective sports event. Why is there a need to provide condoms? Is there any purpose in promoting safe sex and preventing unwanted pregnancies?’ #

Is there any purpose in promoting safe sex and preventing unwanted pregnancies?

Because the TFR is 1.23 and we just have to raise it, don’t you know, bodily autonomy be damned. Or something. What the actual fuck?

Or don’t young people have reproductive rights, too?

And, yes, access to reproductive healthcare is a medical service.

But.

Is there any purpose in promoting safe sex and preventing unwanted pregnancies?

That line, it just floored me.

(While Singapore is a much wealthier country than South Africa, where FIFA refused to provide condoms, the issue here is less about HIV transmission and privilege, than the idea that teenage sexuality should be taboo. Which is a bloody silly thing to fret about, thank you very much – except that condom use tends to be lower among this demographic, so yes, it matters.)

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