Have you heard of the Hotshot? I hadn’t until just today. Evidently, the Hotshot is an “extra-small” condom specially designed for twelve year-old boys. Or men with extremely small penises, I guess. The latter isn’t nearly as bad as the former but I guess both are equally devastating in different cases. I’m kidding, I’m kidding. Some men just have inexcusably small penises and for that, we cannot judge.
The Swiss company known as Lamprecht AG collaborated with Switzerland’s government to address a startling epidemic: twelve to fourteen year-old boys are having sex and aren’t using protection.
Switzerland, incidentally, has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Europe and previous attempts to spread awareness about protected sex have fallen upon many deaf ears.
I’m so completely torn by this. I am most assuredly of the mindset that children will have sex and it’s best to educate them to protect themselves and others, but twelve years old? Where has the innocence gone? I commend the Swiss government for taking such necessary steps in preserving the welfare of these young children but it’s positively alarming that a “normal” age for children to be having sex in this day and age is twelve.
Do you remember what you were doing at twelve years old? I do. I was reading Babysitters Club books and climbing trees and occasionally playing dress up at my Nana’s house. I was going to baseball games and wearing an ugly one-piece bathing suit to jump off the docks into the lake. I was still holding my parents’ hands in public (not because I was forced to; because I wanted to). I was having “movie marathons” with my younger brother and pigging out on popcorn and Mountain Dew on Friday nights.
It’s a grand thing that government and private entities alike are preparing children (children!) for the real world and offering them the ammunition that will enable them to make the best decisions that the circumstance calls for, but goddamn.
Where has the innocence gone?