Doing The Lord's Work By Being Stupid
Actually, I have no idea why this happened, so it's probably premature to blame government's generally anti-sex-education stance on this screw-up, but although the District of Columbia, whose government is overseen by Congress, decided to provide up to 1 million condoms free to its citizens to help stop the spread of HIV, the little packets are being returned to authorities in droves.
Why? According to the Washington Post
, "Volunteers concerned about why interest had dropped began asking people who had picked up the condoms. They were told about packets ripping in purses or bursting open in pockets. As a result, many recipients said they had little confidence that the condoms would offer protection. In addition, expiration dates on some of the Chinese-made condoms were illegible."
THEY WRAPPED THE CONDOMS IN PAPER!!!!!
Not plastic. Not foil. PAPER!!!
Hence, "More than 2,000 packets a week were scooped up in mid-March, but by late May, only 400 were being given away each week," and "A coalition that includes the Condom Project sent back 100,000 condoms to the city, about 15 percent of what the city says has been passed out to groups," because "People were saying, 'These packets aren't any good,'" said Franck DeRose, executive director of ... the Condom Project."
"The city health department does not consider the situation a problem."
"'To date, we have not received any substantive complaints,' spokeswoman Leila Abrar said in a statement, which says that the District has given out nearly 650,000 condoms through partnerships with 50 organizations."
In other words, "What does it matter if people won't use the free condoms because they don't trust them to work properly? We just give 'em out; we don't have to actually think about them