Recently I’ve been reading a lot of comments about Hanako’s sex scene in Katawa Shoujo. Apart from the somewhat unrealistic sex, the one thing that has caused a bit of a stir is Hisao carrying around a condom.
A lot of people have asked “where did the condom come from?” or similar questions. To be honest, of all of the comments/criticisms that have come from Katawa Shoujo, this is the one that surprises me the most.
I received my first “official” (as in, school-based) lesson in sex education when I was in year 9. I won’t go into the details (this was a good 15 years ago) but suffice to say it basically said “Use a Condom or you will have an AIDS baby.” Of course, ew all knew better, but we all took the opportunity to take some of the free condoms.
Okay, so maybe my school was a little more liberal than others, and sure, most of the condoms ended up as balloons, but the point is we had access to condoms ever since. Our year advisor had a bowl of them in his office, and so did the health office.If we didn’t want to use those then there were vending machines in the Senior toilets, or you could just go to the service station across the road and use the vending machine in the toilets there.
From that time onwards I pretty much always carried a condom in my wallet. Sure, most of them hit the expiry date, but it was good to have one around. And why not? You never know when you’re going to need one, and more than a few times I managed to “get lucky” because I had handy access to protection. And yes, this included my “first time.”
I know that most of you reading this blog are probably guys, but it’s probably not such a bad idea for girls to be carrying a rubber either. In fact, I would think that the girl, usually the more sober and sensible of those early couplings, would probably have a better chance of remembering the condom…
Having sex is good fun. Even having a baby is great fun, but I’m glad I didn’t have one straight away. I’m not going to turn this into a lecture on Safe Sex, but really, if you “accidentally” get someone pregnant then you are an idiot. Not to mention the numerous health problems that come from having AIDS.
So yeah, I don’t find it unbelievable that Hisao was magically able to produce a condom in Katawa Shoujo. What I find more unbelievable is that people of the age to read such material think that finding a condom is a magical feat…
If you haven’t already, go and find a rubber and stick it in your wallet/purse today. There are a million ways you can find one without anyone else knowing. I know that I used vending machines for a long time because I was too embarrassed to buy them from a person. There’s even online ordering services (like http://www.condoms.com.au ) that will post them to you discreetly.
I hope that clears up Hisao’s magical condom.