Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Only in...Sweden (Continuing the 'Only In..." series)

Chlamydia helps young men feel more 'manly'

Young men who contract sexually transmitted diseases often view their afflictions as an affirmation of their manhood, a new Swedish study shows.

Upon learning they’ve been infected with a sexually transmitted disease, some young people simply see themselves as unlucky, while others undergo a maturation process which leads them to be more careful in their sexual habits...

But members of a third group – consisting entirely of young men – succeed in transforming their diseases into a sign of their manhood.

With other male friends slapping on the shoulders and offering encouraging comments about “success with the ladies”, young men who contract diseases such as chlamydia or genital warts can come to view their infection as a badge of honour, rather than a serious health problem.

and so on...

I'm sure this is a sign of something. I've got some suggestions, but diplomacy forbids me to communicate them in this place.

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