Why do young people shun condoms? Ignorance? No. Lack of availability? Buwhahaha! How about this: It's not cool to want wear a condom. What does it say about trust? What does it say about spontaneity?
My, my. How can we expect young people to use condoms when immature adults have the same problem? Eww, requesting condom use means talking about sex which means I'm thinking about sex which means that I'm a hussy. Or, for men, talking about a condom means I won't have the lovely ungloved experience I so richly deserve or don't trust her when she says she's using birth control.
Social pressures and perceptions that influence young people's sexual behavior are markedly similar around the world, London researchers said.When researchers find a way for adults to talk about this (remember this topic here and here?), maybe they'll come up with a way for young people to talk about it. Somehow I doubt it. That would mean everyone grows up.
Among the themes were:
-- Sex-related decisions are based on a partner's social position or behavior.
-- Condoms carry a stigma and are associated with a lack of trust.
-- A sexual partner can influence not only condom usage but sexual behavior in general.
-- Gender stereotypes of boys being experienced and girls sexually naive exist.
-- Sex offers both penalties and rewards.
-- Reputations are important.
-- Social expectations impede discussions about sex.