Saturday, September 15, 2007

A Day Off From Work to Have Sex?

Last Wednesday, Russian officials urged employers to give employees the day off in order to have sex.

Sounds good, doesn't it? This policy really gives the term "Hump Day" a whole new meaning.

But, like most things in this life, there's a catch. The Russian government is not trying to promote sex for its own sake, unfortunately. Rather, the third annual "Take the Day Off to Have Sex" promotion was designed to give a boost to Russia's birthrate, which has been drastically declining in recent years. Russia's
population is shrinking by about 700,000 people a year as births fail to outpace a high death rate boosted by AIDS, alcoholism and suicide.

For those women who give birth nine months to the day after Wednesday's national fuckathon, prizes will be awarded. The prizes range from smaller household items, such as TVs, up to winning a new home or a new car. June 12, not incidentally, is a national holiday in Russia, "Russia Day".

While the idea of getting a day off from work for the express purpose of having sex would normally get a big thumbs up from me, this news has left me feeling rather uneasy. History has shown us that whenever a country aggressively promotes having large families, a war generally follows within a generation. I just can't help but think that all the babies born now are intended to be the cannon fodder for the next big war.



Anonymous said...

I heard that on the television. The day off for Sex. They have a slumping birth rate. I subscribe to a young ladies blog who lives in Moscow and so far she has not mentioned it. She is a good photographer though.

Interesting that some people are going to go back to EFX2 or whatever it is being called now. I may have a page there but it isn't worth the risk for me.

elisataufik said...

it'd be really sad if they just want to increase soldiers.

LMC said...

At first I was thinking...Hell yeah! Then when I read what was behind the idea I thought....WTF? I can only hope that the people participating in the day off for sex know about birth control and use it!

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Lizzie said...

hmmmm, i'd probably use the day off to catch up with my sleep. lol! i think this country should give us nap breaks at work. ;)

Phil said...

I'll take the day off for sex...and just use birth control. I don't need any more babies.

Dee Jay said...

I rather like that idea! Hmmmm and damn, I know just who I'd choose to be my partner in nookie hookie!