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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Growing Old Disgracefully

As London and other cities around the UK erupted into violence in the Summer, British media as well as that around the world focused upon the youth of the nation; the feckless lazy youth, wanting something for nothing, lacking a sense of responsibility, selfish and too focused on their own pleasures.  Not like the gold old days.  Similarly, when we look at rising STI rates, it is ignorant youth, failing nee again to behave in a responsible manner.

It was therefore interesting to see this story on the BBC this morning.  At a time of mass cuts in local government, Portsmouth Council managed to shuffle enough cash together to organise a workshop for Portsmouth Residents (no outsiders allowed) aged 60 or above who wanted to find out about 'sex in later years' and would have focused on safe sex practices.  Unfortunately, the event has now been cancelled due to a lack of interest.

The event actually has a sound rationale, we know that with the development of Viagra, and a shift in culture, the baby boomer generation are not only still randy past 60, but are able to 'express' those desires, creating rising (no giggling) STI rates in this age group.  So, faced with the need to behave responsibly, and to 'rubber up', use condoms and be aware, they have decided "sod that" whilst commensurately bemoaning the young people who similarly react.   Oh well.  Read the BBC story here.

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Gary McLachlan said...

“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”

 
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