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Published:August 21st, 2008 17:18 EST
Safe Sex Ring Tone Chants: Condom, Condom

Safe Sex Ring Tone Chants: Condom, Condom

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A cell phone ring tone that sings `Condom, condom!` has been launched to promote safe sex in India, where condoms carry a strong social stigma and HIV and AIDS are growing problems, health experts said Tuesday.

The a cappella ring tone features a professional singer chanting the word `condom` more than 50 times, a playful approach that public health activists hope will spark discussion and make condoms more socially acceptable."

Quotation from the Associated Press/SAM DOLNICK

I`m all for safe sex and AIDS prevention, but this is an absurd idea. I`ve had pleasant conversations interrupted countless times by obnoxious ring tones. I can imagine having a romantic dinner at an upscale restaurant interrupted by a cell phone screaming: Condom, condom! That`s guaranteed to kill the romantic mood, and to put a damper on the night.

A cell phone that chirps "Condom, condom" will not spark meaningful discussions about safe sex. If I`m having a business lunch with my newspaper editor, and my ring tone sings "Condom, condom," it will not lead to a conversation about safe sex. She will most likely blast me for having such a ridiculous ring tone, and she may even fire me.

The condom ring tone will give folks the idea that only jerks wear condoms. I hope this insane idea doesn`t take hold in this country.

If I were president I would pass an Executive Order that ring tones could only ring! Not sing, rap, chirp-- but only ring!