Because apparently sex needs to be a public act that’s advertised and encouraged, Planned Parenthood has taken advantage of the QR code phenomena and has added it to condoms. You, too, can check in that you are having sex, and even rate how good it was. But please don’t.
I wish I were kidding, but alas! I’m dead serious and grieved. In Washington State, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGNW) has joined a nationwide effort and distributed 55,000 bar-coded condoms to colleges and universities, encouraging “safe sex.” According to the Seattle Times:
These aren’t just regular condoms. The QR codes on the wrappers can be scanned by smartphones, connecting users to a mobile website that plot their approximate location and ask a few non-identifying questions such as age range and questions like: “The Safe Sex Was ” — with choices ranging from “ah-mazing” to “things can only improve from here.”
The spokesperson for the campaign says it’s to promote safe sex, but if that’s the case (not that condoms make sex safe anyway), one has to wonder why a map would need to be included, let alone a ranking of the sexual activity. The truth is, the more desensitized we become to anything, the easier it is to do it. And Planned Parenthood counts on the culture thinking sex is some playtime activity; it’s all part of the campaign to neutralize us.