Last Sunday I read this letter from Mark Anthony Falzon to the Times criticising the “absitinence as prevention” approach in sexual education. Dr Falzon concluded that “In other words, the best research indicates that it does not make sense to promote abstinence as a means of protection from STDs. ” It might seem like another letter from the “liberal” core aimed at correcting the ultra-conservative theories with which our island is replete. A Bayer Health Care Yasminelle Poll seems to confirm Dr Falzon’s statement directly:
The Maltese are among the most careless Europeans when it comes to protecting themselves during sex, while on the other hand the island has a conservative attitude towards sexuality, according to the results of a new survey. When embarking on their first sexual venture, 62 per cent of local respondents, who were aged between 18 and 49, failed to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases or an unplanned pregnancy, preferring withdrawal or use no contraception at all. The Bayer Health Care Yasminelle Opinion Poll shows that the Maltese are burdened with the most serious thoughts and pangs of conscience – they have the strongest association of sex and marriage of all the 12 countries that took part in the survey. (Times of Malta)
While in the rest of Europe condoms are the first choice in a sexual encounter in Malta it would seem that just 40% would choose this method of contraception. On a positive note (?) only 21% of Maltese seem to be willing to have sex without being in love. Around 40% of the Maltese would like to be seduced with the words I love.
No (clean) sex please, we’re Maltese.