Causing a cascade of mixed feelings, a Switzerland company is now manufacturing and selling extra-small condoms for boys age 12 to 14.

The condoms are being sold in response to a study that showed that boys in this age range were sexually active and prone to unsafe sex.  The condoms might also be useful, I might add, for young male sex workers.

The condoms raise the question: Is it better to encourage abstention, even though we know it is of limited use, or try to reduce harm?

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
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