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Switzerland Rolls Out Tiny Condoms

Switzerland thinks it found a solution to (pre)teens having unprotected sex: tiny condoms. Statistics suggest that 12 to 14-year-olds in the country do not use sufficient protection. Perhaps that has more to do with the fact that they're children, but hey — let's get them some condoms that fit better anyway. Why not.

But even if the condom fits, a man might not wear it. Condom marketers say it's tough to sell small condoms, and that leads to men buying ill-fitting condoms, which leads to unsafe sex.

I have an idea. Sell condoms only in sizes L, XL, and XXL, instead of S, M, L. After all, if they can have size deflation at women's clothing stores (ever go into a certain store and realize you're like two sizes smaller than normal) then why not have size inflation to help the male ego?

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GregS GregS 7 years
I am not a proponent of "Size inflation". It's like false advertising. You either need a Large or you don't. But the things are stretchy anyway, so really it's kind of a silly issue. I do though agree strongly with the concept of providing kids with protection. My brother's stepdaughter had her first child at 13. American's putting their heads in the sand and saying abstinence is simply avoiding dealing with the issue. Kids have sex, and they're doing it younger and younger. Parents can try to inform, but they need to prepare them with tools to keep them safe.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I support this, both the rolling out of smaller sizes, but also "inflating" the size so the man gets an ego boost. I mean no one wants to admit to having a small peener.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
hausfrau -- I don't know about the public bathrooms, but giving out free needles is actually a pretty smart thing to do. It's covered in the book "Tipping Point." Heroin addicts are going to shoot up. It's a very hard drug to kick and even those with access to expensive treatment facilities end up going back to the drug. It's much better to supply users with clean needles than pretend no one is doing it and allow them to pass around dirty needles. As for the OP: if 14 year old boys are having sex, then I'd perfer them use condoms than not.
Sasorisa Sasorisa 7 years
LOL.. yeah the size change would work.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
Switzerland is pretty progressive. They also give out free needles on the corner, have needle drop boxes everywhere and purposefully light public bathrooms in a way to make it easier to find a vein. Sounds lovely!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
LOL! @ starbucks. I have mixed feelings about this. It is a necessity to meet a real circumstance but what often happens in many cases is we bend to meet that need as a society and just keep bending and bending and bending and bending while never addressing the root of the problem because it's easier to just keep coming up with quick fixes to meet the circumstance rather than address the real problem.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
That's actually a great idea! They should totally do that. I was at a drug store the other day and the guy in front of me bought extra large ones. You could totally see how proud he was :) He was making sure everyone saw them ;)
bronzebeauty719 bronzebeauty719 7 years
haha i agree they should def have size inflation
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