Cabbages, Cabs and Condoms

Checking out today's Guardian story about Brighton Cab drivers giving away free condoms in a bid to tackle high levels of sexually transmitted infections got me thinking. While I was thinking of headlines/angles for a post I remembered a restaurant I visited in Thailand that had come up with a similar inititative. Cabbages and Condoms (as opposed to Brighton's Cabs and Condoms) is run by the Thai Family planning association (PDA). The food is excellent and the Bangkok central restaurant is nicely tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the night markets on the Sukhumvit Rd.

Often, the best way to get a message accross isn't directly or using traditional methods and blogs are quite a useful way of spreading that information.
Howies have chosen to highlight a number of companies' ethical approaches over the last few days to help raise awareness. PR blogging isn't just about the commercial aspect and making money, blogs can be a great way of raising awareness of important issues through the blogosphere. So, if you do happen to be in Brighton or Bangkok you know what to do...

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Anonymous Andrea Weckerle said...

Fascinating post, Sam. I'm pretty sure the cab and restaurant ideas wouldn't work here in the States, but they’re brilliant nevertheless. By the way, I’m sure it’s not a great shock that I agree with your statement that “blogs can be a great way of raising awareness of important issues.” (Psst, your last link doesn’t work.)

2:54 pm  
Blogger Pub said...

Thanks for the heads up Andrea, link fixed now.

Why do you think the cab and restaurant ideas wouldn't work in the States? Is it to do with the Bush administration's stance on promoting celibacy as a means of safe sex over educating about contraception?

3:02 pm  
Anonymous Andrea Weckerle said...

Particular groups would object to the open access minors would have to condoms. As a parent, I’m sympathetic to this concern; after all, don’t we all wish out children would wait to engage in particular behaviors only when they’re mature enough (which frequently goes hand-in-hand with age) to handle the emotional and potentially physical consequences? But I’m also realistic and know that kids will experiment – regardless of whether their parents, religious organizations or communities prohibit this, and regardless of whether they’ve taken an “abstinence pledge.” I find quite naïve the belief that teaching minors about contraception encourages sexual behavior between underage, unmarried persons.

3:52 pm  
Blogger Serge said...

Thank god my kids are still young enough to give me some time to reflect on this matter. I find your point of view, Andrea, quite balanced. I do not, however, really read how you would go about it, how you would deal with it. Pity: I thought that, since web2.0, all the answers to life's difficult questions could be found on the net... ;-D No, seriously, it's probably one of the more difficult steps to take as a parent: guiding your kids towards adult life in all its forms. I guess the ancient recipe of being open about it, listening and talking is what might work?
Btw, Sam: are you urging us to have sex in Brighton or Bangkok, or is it the dirty side of my otherwise chaste mind playing tricks on me? And those tags: admit you are now really looking to get more traffic to your blog? First the boobs, now this... :-D

8:10 pm  
Blogger Pub said...

Well Serge it will certainly give me a chance to test out a theory I have about tags and users ;) Depends what kinds of users you're trying to attract though I suppose

and all I'm saying is that whatever you get up to in Brighton and Bangkok, be safe

10:25 pm  
Anonymous Andrea Weckerle said...

Serge: I am open to sharing my exact approach regarding this matter outside of the public blogosphere, but won’t do it here. Suffice it to say I believe education, including instruction, is key. And the earlier the better. Using anatomically correct terms for parts of the body; teaching children about feelings of affection and love for friends and family; telling them which behaviors, while perfectly normal, are private; taking your cues from your kids. For example, last year my young son asked where babies come from. I gave him the standard “when mothers and fathers love each other, the mother gets a baby is her belly” line. But he wanted to know more, then more, then more. Finally he knew the whole story, which I told him matter-of-factly. When we were done he simply said, “oh, ok, is that everything?” and went off to play. I bet he’s the only one his age in the entire region to already know about the birds and the bees. I will always place the health and safety of my children first – and this means teaching them the facts – rather than withhold information based on some narrow-minded, misguided definition of what is “proper.”

Sam: Please let us know whether your traffic spikes as a result of your use of particular tags.

3:07 pm  
Blogger deetour said...

Thanks for posting on my b-day blog. :)
I will be in London this summer if all goes according to plan. Laters...

5:03 pm  
Blogger Pub said...

@ Deetour: London in the Summer eh? Me too. I sort of miss working there, especially the city parks at lunchtime.

If you're heading over to midlands, there's always a welcome at Castle Smith for a fellow blogger on their travels

6:14 pm  

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