I read an article in the newspaper the other day that told about a group that is pushing for health warnings to be placed on the cover of Mills and Boon type romance novels, much like they are placed on cigarette packages. The reasoning? Such novels rarely portray safe sex, and their readers seem to not use condoms so much as a result, leading to the greater transmission of STDs and STIs. What do you all think?
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At first it does sound rather...outrageous. But as I think abouut it more, it does kinda make sense. And I can see why they wouldn't use condoms- romance novels never (at least not in one I've read) portray the consequences of unprotected sex. So, I guess the people who want warning labels do have some reason.
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I think that if people want to put warning labels on romance novels then they should also put them on rated R movies and pornographic materials. Rarely ever do you see these actors stop to put on a condom. But I think people should know better and think, "Hey, this is fictional, and not real life." To put a warning label on everything would be rather ridiculous.
It would be better if those people that are campaining for the warning labels, put their efforts towards an overall sexual health awareness campaign. That would benefit everyone, rather than just romance novel readers.
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If u have to have warnings on romance novels about unprotected sex then surely u need warnings on films with action saying that ne stunts shoyuld not be attempted. Its damn patronising! U need education in the first place, goddamit.
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if i had to put a warning on those Harlequin-type books, I'd have to say:
Warning, contents are mind-numbing and without any intellectual merit. Please go to your local library and read some Shakespeare instead.
but i know people understand that it's fiction and fantasy. it's like the whole thing of porn films not depicting safe sex. we know in reality that's not the best thing to do, but something just never seems quite real about it -- sets us at a ditance, imho.
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