Extra-small condoms for preteen boys went on sale this week in Switzerland,
London's Telegraph newspaper reported.
Flickr: Photo by Tomizak
The condom, called "the Hotshot," is sized to fit boys as young
as 12 and comes in response to government research that found an
increase in the rate of sex (and unprotected sex) among 12- to
I think most of us can agree on two things: 1) that 12 is too
young to be having sex, and 2) that protected sex is better than
the alternative. Possibly a third point of agreement: Europeans
have an altogether different societal view of sex than
And yet I can't help but wonder about the 12-year-old Swiss boy
who hasn't yet gotten past the "girls are gross" phase when he
passes these in the pharmacy.
Yes, study after study shows that distributing condoms to teens
doesn't increase the rate of sex (rather, it increases the rate of
But those condoms aren't specially marketed for the 12-to-14
crowd. "The Hotshot" has one clear message: Somebody thinks
enough 12-year-olds are having sex to warrant making a condom
specially for them. Which brings me back to the youngster who
wonders why he isn't.
I wonder if this isn't one of those situations where attempts to
get out in front of one problem (unprotected sex among preteens)
actually creates or aggravates another one (sexualization at an
What do you think? Condoms for 12-year-olds?
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