It’s party time in Rio as the Carnival of Brazil is heating up. The government of Rio de Janeiro state has few words of wisdom for eager partygoers: “Whatever your fantasy is, use the condom.”
Besides several catchy slogans and informational pamphlets, the government has more practical gift for those attending ‘the hottest’ party in the world - more than three million condoms will be distributed during the 5-day Carnival in Rio.
With the campaign, state government and health officials responded to the increasing pressure to take action to protect people from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and undesirable pregnancies during the time known for high consumption of alcohol and sexual promiscuity.
Naturally, this campaign didn’t generate much enthusiasm among religious leaders, who suggested that their standard ‘sexual abstinence’ would be a better line for the campaign. Christian parliamentarians suggested different slogans, such as “In this carnival do not have sex. Keep yourself holy for marriage because family is good.”
Brazil is the largest Roman Catholic country in the world, with 145 million people (around 75% of the population) self-declared as Catholics. Brazilian government is filled with Evangelical and Catholic parliamentarians.
How was the religious leaders' opposition to free of charge distribution of condoms during the carnival treated by the state government in Rio?
It was completely ignored.
Why? Because every relevant statistic shows that, although Brazil is proudly praised by the Church as the most Catholic country in the world, most Brazilian people ignore the Church’s teachings on contraception and abortion: more than 80% of people don’t follow the Church’s teachings.
Interestingly, another statistic shows that the most Catholic country in the world has the largest number of lapsed Catholics in the world.
Brazil may seem to be ‘catholically confused’ country, but, on the other hand, most people seem to be in their right mind and are definitely making right choices.
It’s good to know that right steps were taken to encourage and provide very enthusiastic and, most likely, very drunk party people in Rio with ‘practical protection’ rather than empty ‘wise words’ against possible ‘side effects’ of fervent ‘activities’ during the party of the year.
So, keep on celebrating Rio party animals and, whatever your fantasies are, don’t overdo it and be safe!