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Miss Thang
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I guess there is some big hubbabaloo among parents recently about their kids getting free condoms in the mail. There's a website- freecondoms.com that will send free condoms and lubricant to you in an unmarked package if you earn a certain amount of points on that website. Company websites for Trojan and Durex and the likes also will send free samples to anyone in unmarked packages. I think it's a good thing.

But parents aren't so happy about it. Let me tell you, MY parents weren't too happy when I got a free condom from Trojan in the mail- the package was just plain brown but they recognized the label on the package as something they were warned about on Dateline or 20/20 or something like that. So I was caught. And I plead innocence. And they believed me. Ha.

But that's beside the point. See, for kids like me who want to have sex (and safer sex most definitely) yet have insanely religious parents, open and honest communication about sex is OUT OF THE QUESTION! No, my parents would not KILL me, but they'd come awful close. So us kids have to be sneaky about the buying of condoms and the like.

Again, that is beside the point. What do YOU think? Should these companies be allowed to send free condoms to kids? I know that ideally, parents and kids could openly communicate about sex, but that's not real life. Anywho, yeah. Your opinion? Do you have one?


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Gumdrop Girl
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well, imho, parents getting pissed off is a very compelling reason to hold off on having sex. sex in itself is risky and carries consequences. punishment, admonishment, or reprimands from the parents are a consequence that you have to weigh when decidingwhether you're ready to go for it or not.

It's nice that you're able to get condoms for yourself, but lying to your folks isn't exactly the most ethical thing to do (this is sex ethics and pols, after all).

But should the folks fuss about getting rubber in the mail? imho no. they're rubber. it's not like you're ordering illicit drugs over the 'net or buying bomb components from rogue dealers via mail order. and it's certainly not anthrax in those parcels, so that's a welcome relief.

i was collecting rubbers long before i ever needed to use them. I think it's a good habit to be into.

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killer_raincoat
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i think in alot of ways its very good idea. i'm sure many teens are embarrassed about buying condoms, and would rather risk getting pregnant than going to buy them. Now, of course this begs the question, why are you having sex if you aren't willing to admit your doing it.
Anyways, these mail things seem to allow kids the freedom from embarrassement, and still allow for safe sex.

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Celtic Daisy
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Now, i'm one of those peoples who thinks as well as knows a cashier cares less about whether or not you're buying condoms. But i know some people are still scared about it, so i do think the internet free condoms are a good idea. Like what was already said, the reaction of your parents is something you have to take into acount when you have sex. Free condoms for those too embarrassed to go to the store and buy them seems like a pretty good solution, and if you're parents find out and you haven't told them, you have to be prepared to face the consequences.

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