Wednesday, 30 April 2008

TAKING PRECAUTIONS


In my last blog entry below, I alluded to the fact that divorce gets blamed for all kinds of ills in society. Last week, my attention was drawn to an article by Jenny Hope for the Daily Mail (click here for the full article). Apparently incidences of sexually transmitted diseases are increasing in the over-50’s and, as you’ll have guessed, the reason attributed is the increasing number of divorces in that age group. So if you’re over 50, recently divorced and thinking of becoming sexually active again, the considered advice is, of course, to take precautions, not against pregnancy but chlamydia and gonorrhea. In our nanny state it’s perceived as a problem the Government must tackle in terms of educating older members of society and being aware that they are generally omitted from the campaigns that plague our airwaves or magazines all aimed at the other end of the age spectrum. Maybe the courts should be sending out suitably worded literature with decree absolutes whilst solicitors should be required to install vending machines for condoms in their waiting areas. Any other suggestions?

3 comments:

Leann Rolen said...

The world is a scary place today and it's sad to see that no one is safe anymore.

John Bolch said...

The only thing that I can come up with is an addition to that most useless of documents, the Reconciliation Certificate: "I hereby certify that I have [not] discussed with the Petitioner the possibility that he/she may contract a sexually transmitted disease as a consequence of getting divorced."

Meanwhile, I'm ordering a vending machine for our waiting area...

Fiona said...

Yes, no need for expensive campaigns. The best way to get the message across would be if all MPs over 50 who have ever divorced wore a giant condom on their head in parliament.