After learning that the Government opened a tender for the purchase of 10,000 wooden penises for a sex education campaign, the deputy, Luis Juez, was not going to miss the opportunity. True to his style, the Cordovan launched an outburst with a special request to the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, whom he criticized for the VIP vaccination.
In an interview with the channel The twelve From Cordoba, Judge it went from metaphorical for the occasion. He was talking about the court case investigating those who were privileged by politics to get vaccinated.
And then he attacked: “I suggest to the prosecutor – since he is not going to say that it is a crime and that he has the registry – that he send it to the Minister of Health so that start trying those wooden penises with those people, with those vaccinated VIP, so in short we give a proper utility“.
“I know that the prosecutor who is investigating the complaint we made about the VIP vaccinations, probably ends up conjecturing as the judge (María Eugenia) Capuchetti in Buenos Aires that is not a crime“, Judge pointed out.
He had previously referred to the tender for kits for sex education, which after being published was left without a bidder, the judge said it was “serious”, “lack of respect” and “folly”.
“To allocate 13 million pesos to acquire 10 thousand wooden penises for reproductive sexual education, when the doctors did not increase a penny, when nurses, therapists … “, began his release.
And he continued: “The essentials, who took care of us for 18 months, have to march asking the national and provincial governments to recognize some bonus for such a level of stress, for being exposed in the middle of the trench.”
The darts then returned to Carla Vizzotti. “That the Minister of Health has 13 million pesos to buy wooden penises, the truth is that I feel that they tease us and they care absolutely nothing about what we think, what we feel. “
“It’s a Government of cheeksThey really are disastrous, “he shot.
“I have three sisters, I never saw my old man cross to the carpentry to bring me a penis made of wood and being able to speak like a parent with your sex ed kids. What do they want to invent us? They think we fell off a cabbage. Seriously, today in the computer age, technology, when kids run the internet as if they were Bill Gates, make us believe that to buy 10 thousand wooden penises is the essential instrument …“, he was outraged.
And he asked himself: “Why don’t we ask a sexologist, a specialist on the subject if he needs a wooden penis to talk to creatures?” It was rhetorical, of course.
Wooden penises for sex education in a controversial Ministry of Health tender.
For Judge “there is no type of justification” for this expense in the current times.
“In a country that has 101 thousand deaths from the coronavirus, from the businesses of the friends’ laboratories, for having generated the worst vaccination in the history of Argentina, for having made relations with laboratories that knew they did not have a second dose, for not having worked, studied and taken seriously what the pandemic means and on the point that the Delta variant enters, that the government spends 13 million pesos to buy 10,000 wooden penises … “, he listed and did not seek to complete his idea.
The penises of controversy
The call for bids for the purchase of 10,000 polished wooden penises, condom dispensers and 10,000 briefcases by the State for sex education, for an estimated cost of 13 million pesos, generated criticism and ignited controversy in the midst of the economic crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus. This Saturday it was the minister who came to the crossroads of the questions.
“Thank you for the unexpected dissemination of #PenesDeMadera”, he wrote ironically Vizzotti on his Twitter account, adding that “the debate generated only makes visible and confirms the need for Comprehensive Sexual Education (ESI)”.
The head of the health portfolio insisted that “protected sexual practices prevent sexually transmitted infections such as syphilis and HIV. Teaching to use condoms is a way of educate in care individual and collective “.
Vizzotti also stressed that the controversy “measures the value of all those who work to educate.”
Meanwhile, the largest bidder for the purchase of the 10,000 penises was lowered was Carlos Esteban Nielsen, a 35-year-old young man from the province of Córdoba, the only one to quote for the complete kit with a total figure of $ 14,870,000 .
Health Minister Carla Vizzotti and her response to wooden penises. Photo EFE.
In order to plan intervention policies with educational measures, promotion, post-pandemic assistance, the Secretary of Access to Health of the Nation, which depends on the Health portfolio, published the bases and conditions (Comprar.gob.ar ). The budgeted amount for the three products was $ 13,371,100.
The Government’s objective is to “ensure wide availability of promotional materials ”with the aim of raising awareness and preventing the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).
The receipt of offers closed on Tuesday, July 13 with four applicants: Buhl SA; Marketing Dimensión SA; Melenzane SA; and Nielsen. But the latter preferred not to continue with the tender at the time of having applied.
In dialogue with Clarín, the bidder said that “technically he did not get out of the race but opted for nor complete the offer by omitting the presentation of the maintenance guarantee (a promissory note) within the stipulated period (48 hours) with which it would be disaffected by law ”. It is causal of non-rectifiable dismissal.
“When the offer was opened, I evaluated the final numbers and calculated the terms for payment, there I understood that it did not suit me. There is a good chance that the business will go wrong because there are multiple factors at play, such as inflation, the dollar soaring and the elections involved. I am not in a financial position to face that risk, ”explained Nielsen.