There was a slogan that said -translated to English- : ''Wear it, Make him wear it''. We had to guess what type of production with that slogan go with and inside my head I was like: ''Would it be a condom?''!!! ... and so it was , my classmates (Italian guy, Chinese guy, German,Italian, Polish and French girls) started to laugh ,,, It was uncomfortable for a moment, but then it did not make sense, why are they laughing? are not they European and they are supposed to be way over those things?!
Anyway , our teacher said that this was a very well known slogan to an awareness campaign that was launched in the year 1990 to promote the use of condoms , to avoid unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
He also said that the campaign was so to controversy , people were mad , parents considered it insulting and provoking etc etc. and he said: I am gonna show you the ad -my mind froze for a moment ... a condom ad in class , and on a data show screen that covers the entire wall!!- but it was symbolic -Alhamdullilah- with nothing that would baldly hurt my feelings:
The conversation goes like this:
Teacher: we found this , and I wanna know who does it belong to
Boys and girls start standing up and saying: Its mine , Its mine.
I am not sure what exactly I wanna comment on this experience. But I was trying to imagine how did Spanish conservative families receive this. I even try to imagine , what if -in a far hypothetical context- a similar campaign is launched in Jordan!
You know what does it mean promoting the use of condoms? It means that sexual encounters are a given fact and the thing is we dont want you to get sick or get stuck with children. How would a society , any society , take that?
I know I sound so "conservative" and "so 1954" but how would a society be eased into the idea that marriage is no longer holy, and that a sacred thing as sex would be available for everybody anytime and for any possible reason they can come up with , even if it for the sake of it!!
Sometimes I try to convey this simple thought to my Spanish friends , but they end up laughing at me , that I am 21 and still virgin , and they get me thinking: When everybody does what is wrong , what is ''Right'' becomes weird.
(The definition of right and wrong is not fixed ,,, Oh Yeah Ok)