Rod Dreher

Rod Dreher

Look out, Heidi, here comes Der Hotshot

When you have enough 12 year old boys sexually active in your society that you can economically justify the manufacture of training-wheel condoms for li’l playas, you have problems far deeper than can be solved by contraceptive technology. But it’s just like us to attempt a technological fix for a problem like this.

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Appalachian Prof

posted March 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Sick and irresponsible.

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posted March 4, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I can’t resist this…. any south park fans here?
Not the first time reality seems to follow this show.

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posted March 4, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I’d consider myself generally moderate-to-liberal on sexual ethics issues, but these people are evil, evil, and evil. I almost wanted to throw up when I heard this on the radio this morning. The moral nihilism of some people knows no bounds.

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posted March 4, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Is it really “evil, evil, and evil” to pull ones head out of the sand and realize that condoms don’t fit a rather large portion of teenage boys? Yes, yes, if you pretend that the decision is aimed at 12yo boys and is focused on trying to get them to have sex, it would be evil. But that’s not what it is, sensational news stories and outraged punditry notwithstanding. This is just a part of a comprehensive approach that works a heck of a lot better than what we or the British do.
Some Americans like to tsk, tsk, tsk at the Swiss, the Dutch, the French, and the Germans, etc. about their approach to underage sex, but statistics show that their approach works and not just in lower pregnancy rates and STI rates, but in higher rates of virginity and delayed onset of sexual activity among youngsters. And they don’t rely on only technological solutions. They also moralize.

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posted March 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm

C’mon you don’t think anybody is actually going to buy these, do you? You know why regular condoms don’t come in “small”, don’t you?

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posted March 5, 2010 at 5:54 am

Sounds like free market capitalism in action.
A corporation has discovered an under-served subset of the population, and has devised a solution for that group.
I would expect a small subset of the corporatist fans to approve of this move. And the other condom companies to copy that, if they don’t already have a smaller-diameter condom.

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Tony D.

posted March 5, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Sounds like free market capitalism in action.
Exactly right, showing once again why free-market libertarianism and social/cultural conservatism are not, or should not be, allies.

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posted March 5, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Re: Exactly right, showing once again why free-market libertarianism and social/cultural conservatism are not, or should not be, allies.
I wouldn’t call the proposition “twelve to fourteen year olds ought not to be having sex” to be cultural conservatism. I’d call it common decency.

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posted March 6, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Better to have ’em than not, and tackle the problem of young people having sex for what it is, rather than making it a proxy argument and making safe options not available in the mean time.

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posted March 6, 2010 at 1:24 pm

@Hector: Historically and biologically both, 12-14 has been perfectly acceptable. And puberties are getting earlier, not later.
Disturbing, perhaps, but the biological drive is there. I’d much rather my 13-year-old come home sexually active than sexually active and pregnant. Either way we’d have a talk and try and understand all that’s going on, but it’d be a lot nicer to have that conversation without a Big Mess too.

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Your Name

posted March 12, 2010 at 11:48 am

Great! I can write a dialog for my son’s 8th grade german class.
Dieter: Was machst du heute abend?
Jurgen: Heute is Freitag. Ich gehe tanzen mit Heidi.
Dieter: Toll! Und nachher?
Jurgen: Ich weiss nicht. Was meinst du?
Dieter: Du brauchst veilleicht ein Hotshot? oder zwei sogar?
Jurgen: Gute Idee! Veilleicht kann ich ein homerun schaffen.
Dieter: Viel Gluck!

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