HOTSHOTS – a new brand of Swiss condoms for boys! (Not recommended for males over 17 yrs) Excuse me while I try to breath, maybe I’m extremely ignorant. But has the Swiss government been smoking the reefer? Ask a 12 year old boy what they want for Christmas. The answer would probably fall into 2 categories. COMPUTER GAMES like Nintendo Wii, XBox 360 or a video game… and SPORT like basketball, team footy jersey, soccer boots, etc… Switzerland have other wonderful gift ideas for your 12 year old. The West Australian reported the following story today: Extra small condoms for boys as young as 12 are going on sale in Switzerland, The Telegraph in London reports this morning. The Hotshot was produced following government research which revealed that 12 to14-year-olds did not use enough protection. The study, conducted by the Federal Commission for Children and Youth, interviewed 1480 people aged 10 to 20, according to The Telegraph. It showed that more12 to 14-year-olds were having sex, in comparison with the 1990s. The Hotshot condoms, $A8, for a packet of six, have been created by Swiss condom manufacturer Lamprecht AG. Company spokesman Nysse Norballe told The Telegraph that a standard condom had a diameter of 5.2cm, but the Hotshot’s diameter was just 4.5cm. Both are the same length – 19cm. Where to begin. The name alone… HOTSHOTS. Eeeeuw. And lets not hope they make condoms the same way they make cheese… Ok and how about that fact that many 12 year old boys don’t even have pubic hair yet. I wonder if these boys they interviewed even know their own equipment by correct name. Other then ‘penis’ because I’m sure they all know that. But what about testicle, urethra, scrotum or prostate? Do these Jnr Condoms come with instructions and a diagram of the male anatomy? Or more importantly… the Female anatomy? Because I’m wondering how many 12 year old boys know where a condom covered penis is supposed to go – exactly? Moving past the physical aspect of this – and whether or not 12 year old boys understand the physicality of it all…. What about the mental and emotional ramifications of it? I remember a really bad Tom Cruise movie called Vanilla Sky. I watched it begrudgingly because at the time, Tom Cruise had just left Nicole Kidman for Penelope. (It was a time when Cruise was still a serious actor, Kidman’s face was not yet frozen, and Penelope was virtually unheard of). So Cameron Diaz is also in the film and her and Cruise’s character are F*** buddies. After a while Cam gets fed up, and her character Julie delivers this line: Don’t you know that when you sleep with someone, your body makes a promise whether you do or not. In a way it’s true, and I doubt most 12 year olds have the maturity to understand the mental and emotional consequences of physical sex. I MEAN C’MON – - – 12!!!! Am I just a nana totally out of touch with today’s tweens? I know it happens and I find it shocking and sad. I get that its natural for 12 year old boys to be curious, and definitely would have been checking some things out ‘down there’ in regards to action = reaction. But (even as I write I’m grimacing) sex with girls…. Which ones? 12 year old girls? UGH! : Lets’ not go there because when I was 12 I still thought Olivia Newton John’s “Let’s Get Physical” was about exercise. This whole story takes me back to another shocking story from the UK last year, about Alfie Patten. You might remember this: Alfie Patten, was just 12 when he impregnated Chantelle, now 15, The Sun reported Friday. Shown in a video posted Friday on the tabloid’s Web site, the diminutive Alfie takes the newborn girl in his arms. Asked what he would do to support the child financially, Alfie asks in a small, high-pitched voice, “What’s financially?” Ummm – EXACTLY! Thankfully it turned out he wasn’t the father, but a 15 year old was. The problem is this: 12 year old boys having sex. The solution is NOT to make smaller condoms. The solution is education, and doing away with the sexualisation and acceleration of adulthood for young children in the media. (That’s a whole other issue but very real and quite sad – and one that I blame partly on the parents of Miley Cyrus). In a world where paedophiles wander unknown amongst us, and the innocence of children is almost obsolete, is creating a ‘child-size’ condom really helping? I thought bras for 8 year old girls were bad enough… This is just asking for trouble. Let boys be boys. Let them enjoy their curiosity while they still have it. UPDATE: Ok and how about that fact that many 12 year old boys don’t even have pubic hair yet. I wonder if these boys they interviewed even know their own equipment by correct name. Other then ‘penis’ because I’m sure they all know that. But what about testicle, urethra, scrotum or prostate? Do these Jnr Condoms come with instructions and a diagram of the male anatomy? Or more importantly… the Female anatomy? Because I’m wondering how many 12 year old boys know where a condom covered penis is supposed to go – exactly? They ALL know. they are taught in year 5 at school!! Also ~~~ this useful snippet came from Danielle. The most common thing GP’s see are girls with STD’s. Usually chlamydia. The research says we are headed for a generation of infertile women. Why???? because kids are NOT having safe sex. they are having sex, but its not safe. Girls are getting pubic hair at around 9/10 yrs of age. Boys a year or so later. Periods at 10/11 yrs. etc etc YIKES!
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