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Subject: Condom Masks in Brazil for Carnival?


Posted by Charles Housman
On Tuesday, February 20, 2001 at 12:08:02

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I'm wondering if anyone has any information about the "condom masks" the Brazilian government is distributing for the carnival celebration. Have heard they are being given out along with condoms. Our HIV Prevention program would like more information about these masks - photos if anyone has one, too. Thanks
RE: Condom Masks in Brazil for Carnival?
Posted by Paulo
On Tuesday, February 20, 2001 at 12:20:08

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A perfect example of well-intended but wrong-headed bureaucrats in action. ("Let's put our official stamp of approval on the very actions that are to blame for the AIDS pandemic.") Instead of throwing condoms at Brazilians as if they are animals in heat, the government instead needs to confront the real problem: the widespread promiscuity and lack of delayed gratification that pervades Brazilian culture. God help us if states like Nebraska are looking to Rio as a model for AIDS prevention.
RE: Condom Masks in Brazil for Carnival?
Posted by Paulo
On Thursday, February 22, 2001 at 15:11:51

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Coincidentally, the Wall Street Journal yesterday had a story (complete with pictures) on AIDS in Brazil. It focused primarily on the government's AIDS policy, as well as the role of activists and various non-governmental organizations. It cited the division that exists within the Brazilian Church, for instance. Many leftist clerics are (contrary to official teachings) encouraging condom use. Sao Paulo's more orthodox archbishop, however, has firmly reiterated the Church's moral opposition to such measures. Although I am an agnostic on the whole God issue (and am not opposed to condom use per se), I find myself more in sympathy with the archbishop. It really irks me to see the government intervening in our private and social lives, as it does when it advertises and disseminates condoms. However well-intentioned, such policies have unforseen side effects that are often disruptive to vital social traditions and institutions such as the family. Nothing could be more undermining of traditional, functional values than facilitating what used to be called "illicit" sex. What if, instead of the government handing out condoms to thirteen year old children, Brazilian culture strongly affirmed the proposition that children shouldn't have sex at all? If that admonition were actually heeded, AIDS would cease to be the problem that it is. More importantly, children could grow up with healthier attitides towards human relationships and sexuality. The difference that would make towards restoring social order and happiness in what is now a predominantly chaotic and nihilistic society is immeasurable.
XuxaRE: Condom Masks in Brazil for Carnival?
Posted by xavier
On Saturday, February 24, 2001 at 19:33:34

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Well, Paulo, at least your Messages are going thru,
unlike my Posts what I treied,
I guess something is wrong with this site?
And anyway, in Brazzil many things are wrong
(not to mention my countery .... and the whole world,)
so let's stick to little things like XuxaDolls,
by the way, Xuxa (Meneghel) is doing a lot
for Brazzil's kids, you should contact HER:
(I dont have her email address but if you try
-below- somewhere there is her emailaddress)
http://www.angelfire.com/pq/xuxavideos
(one of the Links gives you Her email and
I think also the snailmail address)
let me know if reply, I tried all last year
but never yet an answer.
Good and better luck for you!
RE: Condom Masks in Brazil for Carnival?
Posted by Paulo
On Monday, February 26, 2001 at 14:58:54

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Actually, I have to at least partly disagree with you. I don't think "Xuxa" helps Brazilian children at all. I think she's an awful role model, and promotes the kinds of values that are to blame for much of Brazil's social pathologies. Although I wouldn't necessarily word it so harshly, I find myself in agreement with the sentiments of a fellow Brazilian on this site, who posted "Xuxa = Whore". She perpetuates the worst stereotypes of Brazilian women. To bury those stereotypes forever, we first have to prove them false. I'm afraid we as Brazilians haven't even started to do that yet. In our music, in our culture, and in our lives, we Brazilians treat our women as cheap whores (and they happily play the role). Why shouldn't the rest of the world view them in that manner as well? We have no moral right to judge them when they do.
P.S. RE: "INTERNAL ERROR"
Posted by Paulo
On Monday, February 26, 2001 at 15:02:27

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As you can see, Xavier, your post went through just fine. You have to ignore those error messages. They've plagued this site for years. (Apparently the webmaster isn't interested in fixing the problem.) It is only a nuisance: the only "error" is the appearance of the error message itself!

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