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Condoms for Twelve-Year-Olds?

images-3A leading Swiss condom manufacturer is producing the Hotshot, a smaller-than-average condom marketed at 12-14 year old boys.  To quote my editor:  “Whoa!”

Lamprecht AG came up with the product in response to a study by the Swiss government that revealed that more 12-14 year old kids were having sex compared with the 1990′s.

Basel University’s Nancy Bodmer, who headed the research, told the U.K. Telegraph:

“The result that shocked us concerned young boys who display apparently risky behaviour. They have more of a tendency not to protect themselves. They do not have a very developed sexual knowledge. They do not understand the consequences of what they are doing and leave the young girls to take care of the consequences.”

Well, yeah, of course they don’t–because they’re children. They’re too young to have sex and shouldn’t be left alone long enough to do the dirty deed.   Sex is more than a physical act and no matter which way you look at it there is an emotional component, even for a horny 12-year-old boy.  This is a case of too much, too soon, too boys-will-be-boys in my eyes.  Would a pint-sized diaphragm aimed at tween girls be so casually accepted?

Image: kittyhell

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