I’m afraid that supplying condoms to Africa is a bit of a moot point. An Iranian film director did a documentary called “The ABCs of Africa” and the issue is tragic. In many villages, all the men have died from AIDS, leaving wives and literally “herds” of children behind. Included in the film are Catholic-sponsored posters in public restrooms that preach the “virginity” answer to AIDS, which is like telling a squirrel to not climb a tree.
When asked why condoms weren’t a solution, do you know what most of the villagers said? The sentiment was that if they used condoms, it might encourage increased promiscuity~!! This is in countries where the average woman who is 35 years old appears to have had ten children, at least!
Whew, what can any Senator, or annyone at all, do about that widespread attitude?
This film is shocking and profound. Just watching what the camera sees, of these peopels’ predicament, is shocking. Children outnumber the women at least ten to one, and there are no men. Zero. It’s incredible.
Ariza is quite right – when you look at the cultural issues in Africa, the situation is much more complicated than it seems from here. There’s a common belief there that if you’re infected of HIV/AIDS the only cure for it is to sleep with as many people as possible, without the use of contraceptives specifically. So, why use precious resources for something that doesn’t really address the root of the problem, or offer a real solution?
If we’re going to use taxpayer funds to solve the problem, I’d rather ensure that it’s for a solution that will work in the long-term with a basis in the greater cultural issues involved, not just make Senators feel better that they’re throwing some money at it. African governments also need to take a more proactive role in promoting education about sexually transmitted diseases, and they need help in doing that.
I’m a supporter of McCain, but you’re right that this little episode doesn’t boost his appeal! I guess no one is infallible!