Monday, August 11, 2008

Holiday Devoted to Sex?

“What will they think of next?” - Is the first thing that came to my mind after reading Yahoo news today, and "What is the world coming to?"

As exciting as it sounds, having a National holiday devoted to sex might not be such a hot idea after all.

A Vancouver student has launched an Internet campaign using Facebook, and called the event “National Sex Day 2008.”

Jonathan Yaniv, a computer science student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, B.C., wants to make August 21st, 2008 the first unofficial sex holiday.

The 21-year-old is trying to get at least one million Canadians to join the event, and if he's successful, it will likely be the biggest organized sex event in history.

Over 130,000 people on Facebook have already joined, and I’m sure that all of the publicity that this is getting, is only going to help to increase that number.

"I thought a special day, just for this type of activity, (would) be the best," said Yaniv to Yahoo News.

He has been preparing his guests by promoting safer sex, and at least, he is helping to promote a safe holiday by sending out free condoms to those who are requesting them.

Originally, March 21 had been chosen for this special day of sexual festivities, but it didn't go over well with Christians - not surprisingly, because it was Good Friday.

Vancouver sexologist Dr. Pega Ren thinks the idea is long overdue, and wants more Canadians to participate, saying that "people should call in well rather than call in sick (that day)," she said to Yahoo News.

Ren said a day devoted to sex and sexual well-being is important because it "de-emphasizes hatred and promotes kindness, loving and sexuality."

She also said that if Canadians don't get the day off, they should "at least get a long lunch."

I'm not sure how many paying employers are going to like this idea.

And, I don’t think that the parents of teenagers, or parents - period are going to be as equally enthusiastic.

For many youngsters, it is only an excuse to become sexually active, and perhaps not for the right reasons.

I know that I would not want all the hype of this day to affect the moral stand point of my teenager, nor would I want for people in general to be careless, and reckless when there can be so much at stake.

Mike Haymes, spokesman for, reminds participants to make smart decisions about sex and sexual health., which is run by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, provides Canadians of all ages with online resources to lead a healthy sex life.

The Guinness World Records decided not to keep track of the online effort to create such a monumental day.

"We try to stay away from explicit types of records," Guinness said, citing responsibility to younger readers.

Without a doubt, lots of people are going to want to get busy on August 21st, let’s just hope that they are doing it not only because of the dare I say "National Sex Day", but because they are prepared, mature, and responsible adults who are in love as well.

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