Being single and young in Brooklyn may seem like a dream to a sex starved middle America. Heck, it might seem like a dream to the people actually swimming in the pool. This is because while in many ways awareness of and protection from sexually transmitted diseases has risen over the past few decades, anxiety around those same pitfalls has not waned at all.
Consider if you will for a moment HBO’s Brooklyn baiting new television show Girls in which twentysomethings grapple with the potential STD’s circling around their collective heads(and private parts) with the uneasy haunting quality of vultures waiting to devour the already dead. The show “works” for the people it works for because these anxieties are real and that is for a reason. This is of course not just AIDS and HIV. These days there is almost a cavalier attitude among some about everything from herpes to HPV and the affects on the people crowded at bars and looking for mates is palpable.
Avoiding STD’s is certainly no secret and their existence is no big Brooklyn news but the anxiety that they are causing can be sensed all over the culture of Brooklyn a place where condoms are far more likely to be handed out for free at a bar than peanuts.