Sioux Falls, stop being so skanky

First, I will start out by saying that one of the main reasons STD’s have risen in Sioux Falls is because of the lack of education and a puritanical view of teenagers and young adults abstaining from sex. It just isn’t happening, and we need to face the facts. Still it doesn’t stop people from blaming others;

“It’s because the media sells sex,” said Caitlin Hicks, 22, a coffee shop worker in Sioux Falls.

Well, Caitlin, I certainly cannot remember the last time a TV commercial or a newspaper ad gave me an itchy scratchy, but I will be on the lookout. We can blame the media for a lot things these days, mostly mis-information, but saying they contribute to STD’s is silly. In fact I have never gotten one. Why? First I believe receiving sex ed at an early age (I think my first class was in 4th or 5th grade) better prepared me when I became a teenager. And I remember seeing images of certain STD’s in a HS science class. WOW, that will open your eyes. I am also a firm believer of ‘planning’ pregnancies. Too often couples just kind of fly by the seat of their pants and don’t really put any thought in the repercussions of having an unplanned child. I also think demographics have a lot to do with our sudden rise in STD’s. Working class and lower income people tend to be less educated when it comes to sex and it’s repercussions.

As a person who has been single my entire adult life, I can tell you I have seen and heard just about every scenario possible, and if you think people are getting safer with age, you are wrong. My best advice to anyone starting a relationship with someone is to take it slow. Know who your partner is and if you are not planning on having children, I highly suggest birth control, namely condoms. And most importantly, don’t be a skank.


#1 Scott on 12.04.12 at 1:43 pm

The idea that STD’s are rising THIS YEAR because of the media is one of the most ludicrous things that kitty litter publication has ever printed. For that to even be a minor reason, there would have to be a huge change in what is presented in the last two years. There isn’t. Cable TV has been around for 40 years. The internet for 20. Radio has not changed at all, which is one reason that industry is racing the newspaper business to the bankruptcy courts.

#2 l3wis on 12.04.12 at 3:37 pm

It is blatant lack of education and personal responsibility. I see adults make some of the stupidest decisions about relationships and wonder what they are thinking, if they are thinking at all.

#3 Craig on 12.04.12 at 3:40 pm

If STDs are on the rise and they want to start pointing fingers, maybe they should look at the idiotic abstinence only sex-ed programs pushed forth by the Alpha Center and Leslie Unruh. Then they can start looking at how some members of Congress have cut funding for places like Planned Parenthood because they fail to understand the vast majority of what PP does is offer preventative healthcare and birth control services.

There are probably a million reasons why STDs are on the rise, but if we are going to point fingers we need to look at something which has changed in the short term… and that surely isn’t the media.

If anything the latest “hit” television shows like Honey Boo Boo and Jersey Shore make people NOT want to have sex for fear they might produce a child who grows up to be a moron.

#4 l3wis on 12.04.12 at 3:43 pm


I can can tell you, I have certainly had experiences that make me never want to have sex again.

#5 Joan on 12.04.12 at 6:25 pm

I have to agree with Craig. I can’t feature a 22 year old making a comment about the media selling sex. That sounds more like something that a person in my age group would say. It is all a matter of personal responsibility. I can remember hearing relatives talking about STDs when I was a little kid—-I wasn’t supposed to hear these conversations, but sometimes kids do overhear things.

#6 anominous on 12.04.12 at 7:37 pm


#7 Detroit Lewis on 12.04.12 at 9:48 pm

Peddlers of dirty rotten sex.

#8 Testor15 on 12.05.12 at 7:17 am

It is not the 22yo putting junk on TV or on the movie screen. Kelo and Argus are doing their usual crappy job of reporting the obvious cheap Dr. Phil fixes.

Nothing beats spending money for a real education system to begin the process of having informed citizens.

#9 Pathloss on 12.05.12 at 9:27 am

Broadcast media is minor. How bout the internet? It’s certainly something with everything sexual that cannot be restricted.

Some near-subject humor:

I mail ordered a suitcase (no sales tax, free shipping). Monogram was free. I don’t like anything personalized but realized it would be a good way to identify my bag. Soooo, initials ‘S-T-D’. Nobody touches or takes this bag off the carousel.

#10 Dave R on 12.05.12 at 10:17 am

These are not really large numbers of people. The Syphillis infections could all have been caused by one person.

Don’t screw that guy.

More seriously, I agree with the “don’t be a skank” remedy.

#11 Detroit Lewis on 12.05.12 at 10:32 am

PL – That is hilarious.

#12 anooner on 12.05.12 at 11:05 am

Here’s the problem,14308/

#13 anooner on 12.05.12 at 11:10 am

I just can’t help myself…and in a related story…,14390/

#14 Ascot Jones on 07.24.13 at 10:58 pm

DL has absolutely zero chance of getting an STD…….EVER!

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