Before WYD, Brazil Ends “Happy Hooker” Campaign

Posters from the campaign for the International Day of Prostitutes feature the phrase "I am happy being a prostitute." Photo:  Brazilian Health Ministry

Just in time for next month’s World Youth Day gathering in Rio de Janeiro, the health minister of Brazil has ended the South American nation’s on-line “I am happy being a prostitute” campaign.  Some posters carried that message; others in the series teased, “I cannot be seen without a condom, my love.”In a country where prostitution is legal, the campaign was designed to promote condom use and reduce the stigma against sex workers.Health minister Alexandre Padilha told reporters that he d … [Read more...]

“We Want Sexy Back!”

1flesh - revolution

Sex is good.  Sex is fun. Sex is sacred. That’s the message from the eager young voices over at 1flesh.org.  The website is the creation of a group of young adults, mostly college students, who have launched a grassroots movement in opposition to the use of artificial contraception and dedicated, to use their words, to “bringing great sex to the entire universe.”Pope John Paul II spoke about the beauty and the holiness of the marital embrace in a series of Wednesday audiences from Septemb … [Read more...]

A Prayer Before Sex

Poster bed

When I was a child, I once heard my mother talking with a friend about sex.Not the “oh my gosh!” kind of sex talk. You see, the woman and her husband were very devout; and her complaint was that after they had sexual relations he would pop up, kneel beside the bed, and pray. Every time.I don’t know whether he intended it to be a prayer for forgiveness, but that’s how she took it. She felt—rightly or wrongly—that her husband considered sex to be a necessary evil, a means of conceiving chil … [Read more...]


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