Thursday, April 22, 2010

Kiddie condoms with regular fries, please

Extra small condoms for 12 year-old boys go on sale in Switzerland
Alexandra Williams in Geneva
Published: 8:13PM GMT 03 Mar 2010

Called the Hotshot, the condom has been produced after government research showed 12 to14-year-olds did not use sufficient protection when having sex.

The 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.

The Hotshot condoms, which cost 7fr60 (£4.70) for a packet of six, have been created by Lamprecht AG, a leading condom manufacturer in Switzerland.

The company has said the UK would be "top priority" if they expanded abroad, considering that it has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe....

Nancy Bodmer, who headed the research, said: "The result that shocked us concerned young boys who display apparently risky behavior. 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"....

Maybe they should package the Hotshot mini-condoms with McDonalds Kiddie Meals. While they are at it, it might be a good idea to produce and market Hotshot versions of various adult items for kids too. Like mini sports cars, mini drug syringes for drug abuse, even mini guns and knives for the quarrel-prone
kids. They could even throw in bubblegum and regular fries as a promo.

Perhaps the commission should go the extra mile by establishing kiddie clinics for abortion just in case the Hotshot condoms fail, as condoms are wont to do. As head researcher Nancy Bodmer says: "They do not understand the consequences of what they are doing...". Surely this conclusion applies to all ages as well, and must be the most significant finding in the research.


sunnyday said...

Dated March pa ito. So, any news as to whether these have been pulled off from the market?? Aren't any parents or family groups launching protests?? Pressure from various sectors made companies that offered pole-dancing kits as toys for kids pull them out, and I hear, companies that manufactured bras for 3-year-olds. I keep wondering if people behind these things had horrible childhoods and are thus carrying out revenge against kids in general. What warped ideas they seem to have.

WillyJ said...

I believe it's all about profits.
I was just thinking how they would promote and market abominations such as this. Surely 12 year-olds still rely on their parents for money, and no parents in their right mind would buy these for their children. Now if they can get governments (like U.K.) to buy and distribute mini-condoms free to kids, then maybe they are in business. I doubt if the U.K. gov't would want to do this, but they've been known to do the strangest things to cope with their teenage pregnancy problems.

sunnyday said...

Well, there are vending machines that dispense condoms. Yuck. It's being done in some countries, I think.

sunnyday said...

I wonder what it is about the UK. Anyway, I had bookmarked the following months ago, planning to blog about it in some way, but I get the heebeejeebees whenever the thought occurs to me.

Just wanted to share it with you. If ideas like this can occur in people in other parts of the world, what is stopping some people in our country from doing or proposing the same??

Anonymous said...

This is quite a prevalent practice in Europe, though not as blatant in other countries as the article describes it. There are gay bars where a lot of this is openly practiced. One can argue that inside a bar is not exactly "open public" but bars are not exactly private either.

The article quotes that one gay rights member claims that homosexuals have been "victimised and singled out," attributing police actions to "homophobia." But of course they are singled out - they're the only ones doing it in public.

The vending machines you talked about are in installed in men's rooms all over - from restaurants (yes, even MacDonalds have them)to airports, autobahn reststops and train stations. I haven't seen kid-sized ones, though. Anti AIDS condom advertisements are on billboards and on TV. All these have been around for years, they've become part of what we call normal.

The bottom line is still the individual and his values. Raising the collective consciousness to encourage people to cultivate higher values and thus enable more moral choices is the challenge. Working to change the positions of governments or trying to influence the direction society is going would need a massive lobby. We need a lot of prayers here.

And there is an opportunity just around the corner. Join the Pentecost of the Nations. Check out the post in This is an opportunity for massive prayer power at a global level.

- TE

WillyJ said...

The article says: "While OutRage! maintains that the law does not specifically condemn public sex, such acts are, in fact, covered by public decency laws."

The Catechism says "2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided..."

Note the word unjust discrimination. If what they practice in pubic violates the norms of public decency, then they have no right to protest justified discrimination. While they need compassion, they also need to be policed as necessary, as they also need to be prayed for.

Manny said...

It makes you wonder why they didn't simply think of a far better solution: teach kids to abstain from sex!

Why are people afraid to say that there are times when sex should NOT be encouraged? The promoters of the Hotshot are as cowardly as its manufacturers are profiteers.

The sad thing is it has been proven that increased contraceptive usage does NOT lead to fewer unplanned pregnancies. It leads to MORE of them. And that, of course, leads to more demand for abortion.

WillyJ said...

It is clear that the obvious is ignored in favor of liberalism and profits. Let's see what our own Sec Cabral says about this. She thinks condoms are "supergood medicines". If so, her reasoning will surely be: if we have aspirins, let the kids have aspilets.

sunnyday said...

Once in a while, I bask in the notion that it would be wonderful to be able to send some people off to another planet (like smokers who don't care if they are smoking in enclosed public places and with asthmatic people around them), or those who insist on burning their trash even if they know it's prohibited...). Now I'm enjoying the thought again with all that I've been reading about the moves to ingrain a contraceptive attitude in societies worldwide -- not to mention moves to make tons of money even at the expense of children.

If people who advocated these things moved to another planet, they could carry out the programs they're so crazy about all they want and leave us on Earth in peace.

I think I should stop reading this horrible stuff for a while. :-D But how to emphasize the need to vote for leaders who see RH for what it really is?

petrufied said...

If people who advocated these things moved to another planet, they could carry out the programs they're so crazy about all they want and leave us on Earth in peace.

they could carry them out and kill themselves off (bec they'll all want to control population hehe) and we'll have no more problems.

yup, i agree that profits are the biggest motivator here. but i'm wondering what's stopping the people (who can put an end to this) from saying they're shocked and abhorred by such methods... is it the possibility of being thought of as "not open-minded" etc? ganun kaya? or are they not disturbed at all?

WillyJ said...

Hey folks look at this:

California county bans fast-food toys to stem child obesity

I'm not sure what the fuss is all about. They are enacting a county ordinance in California to ban McDonalds from enticing kids to buy "Happy Meals" by packaging toys. I thought California was pro-choice. Worried about health, are they. This, from a state which allows kids to procure contraceptives and abortion without their parent's consent. If this isn't a sign that the world is turning upside down, I don't know what is.

Bad news for Hotshot mini-condoms with fries. Better package it with kiddie jogging pants instead.