Diapers and Condoms

August 11, 2012

While picking up some diapers at the pharmacy I noticed the adjacent, ironic placement of condoms in the same aisle.

I suppose as a medical professional who does his fair share of counseling about safe sex I should appreciate the not-so-subtle juxtaposition of products rimmed for pleasure and fitted for maximum absorption. Yet I couldn’t help feeling that I was being manipulated.

If I were buying condoms, would I feel that the smiling, freely pooping images of children staring back at me were a reinforcement of my good judgement to control fertility? Or might I think that despite my free choice to protect myself, some pharmacy overlord is righteously asserting the proper function of sex as a procreative process, the success or failure thereof determined by a higher power?

As a purchaser of diapers, should I chuckle at the implied commiseration of someone who thinks that maybe I should rethink my ability to raise a second child? Or should I frown, sensing that beautiful, smiling babies on the packaging have been cynically labeled as co-producers of unwanted bodily fluids?

I really don’t know what to think, except that somebody certainly wants me to think something.

What do you think?

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