Naturally, Occupy Wall Street never got that memo. “It’s the Autumn of Love!” the New York Post proclaims today:
Occupy Wall Street protesters are flocking to nearby health clinics for STD and HIV testing after getting their freak on in ’60s-style hookups with crusty strangers, sources told The Post yesterday.
“Last week was free love,” said a medical professional at a clinic located a short walk from Zuccotti Park, referring to the number of people who organizers have referred for sexually transmitted disease testing.
A volunteer at the park admitted concern among protesters about STDs.
“We give directions to clinics if people ask for information regarding STDs,” said the volunteer, who identified himself only as “Captain” and added that pregnancy tests are also a hot item.“Like anything else, it happens. People ask, and we do the best we can for them.”
Volunteers at the medical tent hand out cash, usually $15 or $20, so the randy radicals can visit clinics that cater to a low-income clientele, the source said.
Experts said it’s the right thing to do.
“My advice for the protesters would be to practice safer sex. It’s a lot cheaper to buy a condom than get treated for an STD,” said Dr. Lisa Oldson, medical director of Chicago-based Analyte Health, which provides testing services for labs nationwide, including STD Test Express New York.
And for those OWSers who don’t wish to recreate ’68, there’s always ’78 and punk rock. See if you can spot the disparity between this young woman’s chosen visual image and her desired profession:
This clip from The Rockford Files found by John Nolte of Big Hollywood sums up how little progress self-styled “progressives” have made in the last 35 years:
On the other hand though, lest you think that there has been no progress at all since the late 1960s, not all is doom and gloom and stasis. The Manolo links to an ad from 1971, a powerful visual reminder that “46 Is Not What It Used to Be…”