Who Needs Condoms That Track Your Location?
We’re not making it up, folks. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest has distributed some 55,000 rubbers which are… special. While they don’t enhance the actual experience in any way, they are fitted with QR codes that track the time and place that the condom is used.
Foursquare is pissed.
The news gets crazier and scarier every day, and this particular piece of information certainly doesn’t help at all. Seriously, we should really use our heads here (no pun intended). Why would you want a condom to divulge the time and place of your sexual exploits? With the way people treat committed relationships these days, someone could end up dead – one way or the other if the practice catches on.
I’ll explain. Either that information could be used to catch a cheating spouse or significant other in the act (which could lead to violence and much worse) or cheaters will be less likely to strap up at all, which could lead to rampant spread of disease or population explosion and a shortage of resources.
In actuality, Planned Parenthood is actually hoping to encourage and promote safe sex by using these. Users have to scan the code with a smartphone in order to share their locations, which are then posted to a website called WhereDidYouWearIt.com. What we have here is an attempt to make safe sex more socially acceptable by creating a sort of online community for it.
“Condoms are an essential tool in preventing unintended pregnancy and stopping the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV… We hope the site promotes discussions within relationships about condoms and helps to remove perceived stigmas that some people may have about condom use. Where Did You Wear It attempts to create some fun around making responsible decisions.”
But can this work? As is mentioned above, it seems that a whole lot could go wrong with this one, with various ways to hack and compromise phones, e-mails and websites. However, this is an effort to promote a relatively healthy practice. Thinking outside the box to address age-old issues has to be applauded to a certain degree.
If nothing else, it adds a dimension to the exhibitionist’s repertoire. That said, we have to know. Would you use the location latex?