Monday, February 21, 2005


Speedy the 18.7 Foot, Tye-died Sperm

If State Rep. Cynthia Davis has her way, Missouri school kids won't learn that condoms are effective at preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, but they will get to meet "Speedy" the 18.7 foot, tye-died sperm. Speedy is the creation of Shannon Wendt, a motivational speaker with the Connection Institute in Joplin.

Connection Institute receives state grants to provide two-week abstinence-only programs in 31 schools. It receives direct federal support for other abstinence education efforts, and Wendt estimates it serves 8,000 students.

While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says, “Laboratory studies have demonstrated that latex condoms provide an essentially impermeable barrier to particles the size of STD pathogens.” It also notes, “Correct and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk of other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including discharge and genital ulcer diseases.”

Wendt, on the other hand, who uses a handfull of marbles to demonstrate the size difference between STDs and sperm, claims that Speedy proves that latex condoms aren't that great at preventing disease.

Well, who ya gonna believe, the CDC, or the world biggest sock puppet?

If Cynthia Davis, who has introduced legislation favoring abstinence only sex education in Missouri has her way with our children, this sort of nonsense will become more widespread, and Speedy will make tons of money for his makers -- all paid for by Missouri taxpayers.


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