To catch a predator…. Uncle Sam, is that you?


I want you….to buy condoms from me

Remember that show, with Chris Hanson, “To Catch a Predator”?  There would always be some creepy guy who just drove half the night to meet some underage girl. They would come in the house, lured by some online chat talk, and Chris Hanson would walk out and engage the “perp” (or “perv”).  It seemed like almost always, they would bring condoms. Then Chris Hanson would say something like “If you just came to talk, why did you bring condoms?” (They would always say they “Were just going to talk.”)

After reading the story below, I had this vision that Chris Hanson would walk out….and it would be old Uncle Sam with the condoms (Hey, I’m not here to have sex, just wanted to bring some condoms by).

The condom access project in California has been expanded in two counties to include ages 12 and up.

As part of the project, anyone between 12 and 19 years old in those counties can confidentially request a pack of 10 condoms online, up to once a month. It’s similar to Planned Parenthood programs that offer free condoms to teens who come to the organization’s health centers.

With each order, teens also receive personal lubricant to reduce breakage as well as educational information, said the California Family Health Council, which runs the Condom Access Project.

Nice that it includes some lubricant, so junior doesn’t break the condom while he’s in the playroom getting busy with Sally.

The FDA has approved the Plan B morning after pill for 15-year olds. Without a prescription or parental consent, a 15-year old can get one of these pills.  A little research reveals the age of consent is pretty consistent at 16.

The decision has been kicked around between the FDA and the courts. You can read the details in the reference below.  Concerning  the latest decision,  the “Center for Reproductive Rights” president said the following:

Nancy Northup, the center’s president and CEO, said in a statement about that order: “This landmark court decision has struck a huge blow to the deep-seated discrimination that has for too long denied women access to a full range of safe and effective birth control methods.

Hey Nancy, what deep-seated discrimination are we talking about here? The deep-seated discrimination Chris Hanson made a show about? You know, the one about creepy 35-year olds wanting to have sex with 15-year olds? Or perhaps you’re just talking about 15-year olds having sex we each other, maybe that’s the deep-seated discrimination you’re talking about.

And yes, I understand the whole “They’re doing it anyway” argument.  But it’s lame. Just giving up on raising kids and teaching responsibility,  oh, what the hell. Also, it just doesn’t pass the logic test, which means applying it to other situations. Like “Well, they’re doing meth anyways..” You know, just fill in the blank with any illegal activity.

For a second, however, let’s give validity to the “they’re doing it anyway” argument.  It still doesn’t make it the governments business. Yes, I know many will disagree, saying the government needs to step in on certain social issues.  Ok, but aren’t we even a little bit concerned about the government making things available to minors whose purpose is engaging in activity that is illegal? Is the government approving of minors having sex now?

I was in a University of Tennessee classroom, post-graduate work. The topic was sexuality.  I asked a question “If we’re moving the line on sexuality, who decides where the new line is. How do we now decide what’s ok and what’s not? Is everything ok?” Everyone, including the professor, looked at me like I had pissed in their Starbucks. How dare I ask such a question!  You know, a philosophical question about our society in a post-graduate institute of education. How dare I question their liberal sensibilities.

However, I think I have a view of the next line we’re going to move.

Francis, better take crazy Uncle Joe’s advice and buy a shotgun.

Because the next line is…..Age.

10 comments on “To catch a predator…. Uncle Sam, is that you?

  1. fmlinardo says:

    No I don’t think I’ll need a shotgun. Some skis maybe, for that slippery slop you’re building, but no shotgun.

  2. whatshupp says:

    Well, you can see the previous post about sex education being offered in Chicago in kindergarten or articles about lingerie companies creating lingerie for children, or sex counselors being put in schools in earlier grades. Federally-funded programs offering condoms to kids as young as 12? The sexualization of children at younger and younger ages is not a slippery slope argument, it’s happening. I just pointed to it.

  3. JETSR says:

    I like your post Tony. When did a 15 year become a woman? I know I am a dinosaur but they were always girls at 15 in my sheltered world. Where does the new line get drawn on what age is acceptable for sexual behavior is the end-result of this present FDA decision. Sadly, it will be far left of where of it was for our generation. As a 21st century nation, we work really hard to negate, delete, or destroy one of the greatest by-products of a sexual interaction.

  4. Chris Coyne says:

    Wow…just wow.

    If I can be candid, I’m scared. VERY scared. My sweet, innocent daughter is not immune to the barrage of sexual “stuff” that hits her everyday. Kel and I do our best to help her make sense of the messages, but we struggle…because she’s 8 and shouldn’t be required to grow so mature so quickly.

    I fear for her, for us and for our country. And we pray harder now than ever…

    Thx T ~Chris

  5. whatshupp says:

    Thanks Chris, it’s true they have to deal with things at a younger and younger age…

  6. Yes! Finally something about eisenhower.

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