Saturday, March 6, 2010

Kiddie Condoms In The Toy Department

Soooo….Don’t know if you’ve heard, but a Swiss manufacturer has started selling condoms designed for tweens. A study, conducted on behalf of the Federal Commission for Children and Youth, interviewed 1,480 people aged 10 to 20. It showed more 12 to 14-year-olds were having sex, in comparison with the 1990s. As a result, the Hotshot condom began being sold. Swiss family planning groups pushed for the smaller condoms on the theory that teens would be more likely to wear condoms that fit comfortably.

According to information published by the Guttmacher Institute, nearly half (46%) of all 15–19-year-olds in the United States have had sex at least once. They also state that 13% of girls and 15 % of boys admit to engaging in sex before turning 15. So, although the kiddie condoms are only being sold in Switzerland right now, I would assume that it is only a matter of time before they make their way to the states.

This, of course, brings up the age old debate…..abstinence vs. sex ed. Said differently, is marketing a kiddie/pubescent condom smart, or does it just encourage sexual activities? No doubt, kids nowadays are exposed to a lot of sexual imagery. Television shows, movies, and songs all seem give the same message….sex, sex, sex…and more sex. Despite this not-so-subtle brainwashing, we preach abstinence. Am I the only one that sees the irony in this?

I believe that children should not have sex. They are simply not emotionally mature enough to handle something so complex and sacred. Nonetheless, the statistics show that instead of jump roping, playing hide-n-seek, and riding bikes, a sizeable number of kids are having intercourse.

So what do you think? Do you think marketing condoms to 12 year olds keep them safe, or just gives them the green light to have sex?


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4 comments:

  1. THIS IS COMPLETE AND TOTAL BS,IF YOU ARE A REAL PARENT YOU WOULD TALK TO YOUR CHILD,KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND TEACH THEM SOME MORALS AND VALUES,BUT PARENTS NOW DAYS WANT TO BLAME IT ON EVERYONE ELSE INSTEAD OF TAKING RESPONSIBILITY.

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  2. WOW!!! This is really interesting. I am on the fence about it. One one hand I think it's smart because kids are gonna keep doing what they want to whether they should or not! And if they ARE going to do it than it is better to be safe than sorry with an STD or a baby at the age of 12!!! But on the other hand, I do think it can also give them the green light to just be irresponsible and wild. I think sex is so much more recreation now to younger people than it is "sacred." They don't know what that means. They just want to do it because that's what their friends are doing and they think it's cool!! It's kind of like the parents who let their kid drink/drug with their friends at home because they figure if they're going to do it they would rather them do it in the safety of their home!! (which I think is crazy too but...)Same concept, if they're going to do it be safe! This is a tough one Gaetane, but very interesting.

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  3. This must be the idea a a pervert!!!!

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  4. Hello,

    Anonymous #1...I totally understand your passion! I, too, think that parents have to do a better job about talking to their children and educating them about issues like sex, drugs, and personal safety.

    Love the comments! Thanks for reading:)

    G
    Kristen....I do agree that the peer pressure to have sex is a real issue with kids. It breaks my heart to see these children with pregnant bellies. Abstinence is the only way to completely avoid child/teen pregancy. But as you point out...if they are going to do it, at least they have a birth control option. Sigh....

    Anonymous #2...It would seem that way. But the kiddie condom was supposedly designed after studies indicated that tweens were engaging in unprotectedsex. Bottom line...someone saw a way to make some money.

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