On Friday, Randall Tobias–the Bush Administration’s chief promoter of foreign abstinence-only sex education programs–resigned from his position as Deputy Secretary of State after getting busted for frequenting DC prostitutes. If your head hasn’t already exploded, check out Timothy Noah’s humorous but detailed commentary at Slate.
Tobias advocated an ABC program (Abstinence; Be faithful; a brief, skeptical, and largely inaccurate mention of Condoms). Clearly the A and the B didn’t really pan out here (which isn’t surprising, since these programs don’t actually affect participants’ sexual patterns).
But, as others have already noted, here’s the real question: what about the C?
Based on the absurdly inaccurate information that abstinence-only programs get away with publishing about condoms, I’d be surprised if anyone coming out of one of those programs ever used one. (This is a joke, kids. Be safe.) On the other hand, maybe Tobias’ disdain for the first two tenents of his program extended to the third. Hopefully.
Hat tip to Beth Pearson