The Ick Factor No One Wants to Talk About, But We Have To

So you think condoms are the solution?

What do you think will happen when our ongoing problems with flooding in Metro Manila are exacerbated by increased condom use? You think we have a discipline problem? What do you think will happen when people throw used condoms anywhere they choose to as they do with most everything else? Our drainage systems are hopelessly outdated. If you’re a person who’s concerned about the environment, this really needs a bit more re-thinking, agree? Remember that time when a certain condo in Ortigas that had a call center had a clogged drain? Yup, you guessed it, condoms. How could we forget?

Unlike the condoms of yesteryears which were made with rubber and thus biodegradable, today’s condoms are made from polyurethane and polyisoprene — not biodegradable. Latex condoms take a long time to degrade. The plastics and foil packs they come in are also non-biodegradable, and OF COURSE condoms are single-use. Medically speaking, these should be disposed of just like medical waste in the hospital, because they contain bodily fluids. But would/do Filipinos really do that? Imagine seeing used condoms floating around in a flood….

And no, we’re not making this up. It’s already happened in India. And ooh, look: Used Condom Found in Food at School Cafeteria! Yum Yum!! Here’s more.

But you know, the Filipino being ever so creative, ingenious and innovative, we could always opt to talk about the positive uses of condoms in times of flooding. If you think it’s bad now, just wait until we get to the condom clogs! And if the clogging does happen often, I’m sure we Filipinos will find it good reason to say, “More business for plumbers!”

After you call the plumber, don’t forget to say, “Thank you, RH Bill!”

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One comment on “The Ick Factor No One Wants to Talk About, But We Have To
  1. sandsnsun says:

    Manila or Mumbai, its the same story. There is no denying that the government agencies are not doing their job well but people have a responsibility also. There is no doubting that condom use is better than unwanted pregnancies. Only issue is disposal, it only takes a little discipline. Condom in food, well Ripleys believe it or not should set up local offices to captures all the weird things that happen around here.

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