While "I [Heart] Boobie" bracelets are catching a lot of flak from adults who say their teen children shouldn't be wearing them even if it is to promote a good cause, i.e. fighting breast cancer, there are now two other bracelets that are creating a stir on high school campuses.
"Disease Free Pee-Pee" bracelets for guys and "Disease Free Wee-Wee" bracelets for girls are actually being banned in many schools across America. The golden latex wrist bracelets were introduced into schools last week by a non-profit group who claims they are doing everything they can to bring to light the upsurge of sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) among teens. School nurse professional, Indi Nile, a spokesperson for the group known as "Healthy Ha-Pee Wee Wees" says that the wrist bracelets are quite popular and high school students should be allowed to wear them to remind everyone how important safe sex is.
"It's not just about teen pregnancy," claims Nile. "Kids need to know that if they are going to have sex, they better practice safe sex to avoid the spread of disease." Nile blames much of the controversy on parents who are just too embarrassed to talk to their kids about such things. "If we send home literature that has the words vagina, penis and condoms in it, the parents go ballistic saying their children should not be exposed to those grown-up words. So we said ok, let's take it down a notch. That's when we came up with pee-pees and wee-wees to describe the male and female sex organs."
Nile hopes that eventually parents and teachers alike will understand the importance of driving home the safe sex message no matter how silly that message is. Until then, Disease Free Pee-Pee and Wee-Wee bracelets will suffer the same fate as condoms in high schools. Too embarrassing to talk about.