I live in New York City and don’t drive but the issue has certainly come to light when I’ve been a cab with a driver on the phone who misses and address or cross street. Luckily, that’s the worst that I’ve experienced as a result. However, I have stupidly crossed the street while texting– so I do recommend that all drivers take the Oprah No Phone Zone Pledge.
I started talking about love and relationships in part because of the alarming statistics around contraction of AIDS and HIV in the communities where I live and work and among women who look like me– women of color in their 20s and 30s. So I’ve created my own fun, crazy, socially relevant pledge.
That’s right- it’s our very own safe living pledge and I will invite every guest who comes on my shows to sign the Pledge. This is no Virginity Pledge or Abstinence Pledge — it’s a safety pledge for adults.
Did you know that studies show that teens who sign Virginity Pledges then continue to practice high risk practices? We are pledging to use a condom every single time unless we are in a monogamous, committed relationship.
- I ______________ pledge to participate in mentally and physically safe intimate practices. I will not engage in unprotected intimacy unless I am in a monogamous committed relationships.
- When I do engage in intimate behavior it will be awesome, amazing and safe.
- I am making a commitment to myself that I love myself enough to practice safer behavior because I am worth it.