Meritorious Norwegian sex

Young Norwegians can earn a merit badge in sex from a sex education group that imports condoms. It’s a written test.

A recent survey found young Norwegians aren’t smart about sex.

* While 75 percent of Norwegian youngsters are positive towards condom use, only 1 in 5 actually used them when last having sex.

* Fully 90 percent of Norwegian boys believe ‘no’ means ‘maybe’.

* Three out of four youths put the condom on incorrectly and many bite open the package, creating the danger of condom puncture.

The badge displays sperm cells swimming in waves. It will be awarded to young people who answer 10 of 13 safe sex questions correctly.

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  1. theAmericanist says:

    Oy, the jokes. It’s just TOO easy to make fun of a government program involving Trojans, bananas, and propaganda.

    But I am curious what folks think. I didn’t follow the link, so I’m not sure if “merit badge” actually refers to the Boy Scouts, but Baden-Powell founded the Scouts as an exclusively male organization, primarily to fight masturbation. That’s hardly a sensible view of the development of sexual health.

    The Catholic doctrine on sexuality still founds most of our civilization’s views on such stuff, of course — either directly (cuz it’s still the standard for what’s right and wrong), or indirectly (cuz what folks believe to be moral was defined as a reaction to the Catholic doctrine).

    In a nutshell, Catholic doctrine holds that the only way for sex to be moral is to combine both the unitive and procreative functions: that is, even within marriage, all erotic acts MUST allow for the possibility of pregnancy, or they are a sin.

    It’s only the separation of Church and State (an American invention, btw) that prevents that from being taught in public schools: right? Most of the reaction to various sex ed programs revolves around objections to teaching anything ELSE, no?

    So — what WOULD we teach (and why) if this wasn’t such a conflicted political mess?

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Writing about sex is different than having sex.

  3. Mad Scientist says:

    The Norwegians promulgated this policy specifically to promote slavery. There can be no other answer.

    End of story.

  4. “No” probably does mean “maybe” sometimes. However, a boy would have to be a mindreader to know the difference so he’s better off not assuming. Maybe if boys always, without exception, took “no” for “no” then girls would learn to be less coy and the level of honesty in the world would rise.

    On the other hand, adults can do as they please but I sometimes think teenage culture is a law unto itself.

  5. theAmericanist says:

    I think instructing kids in honesty about sexuality is a good idea. Responsibility, too.

    And the single best line ever uttered about sex in modern times, from (of all people) a basketball coach. When Magic Johnson announced that he had HIV, some knucklehead reporter went to John Thompson, then the Georgetown coach, to ask if he told his players to practice safe sex.

    This was a clever trap for Thompson. If he said “no”, as in what they do off the court is none of my biz, he would have looked (and been, in fact) heartless — and it would have gone against his whole Big Daddy John shtick.

    On the other hand, if he’d said “yes”, then Georgetown would have had to fire him: Catholic school.

    LOL — so the reporter kept after him, until finally Thompson (who is 6’10”) whirled and just loomed over the guy, demanding: “Can you tell me how anything as powerful as sex can EVER be safe?”

    Why not teach that?

  6. stolypin says:

    “Writing about sex is different than having sex.”

    Guess that depends on how proficient ones typing is.

  7. Alex Bensky says:

    I got my Boy Scout merit badges in areas like Citizenship, Lifesaving, and Camping. Born too soon and not in Norway, alas.

  8. Tim from Texas says:

    Those boys, young men, or mature men who always excepted “no” as “no” are still waiting in a state of confused wonderment and loneliness, for they were never taught and never thought about timing.

  9. theAmericanist says:


    Man, how Freudian can you get?

  10. The merit badge is based on a swimming badge that’s given out in Norway.

  11. theAmericanist says:

    Think or swim?

  12. John from OK says:

    Perhaps “no” means “maybe” more often in Norway than it does here. My sister had a business trip there and had to say “no” three times to a coworker before he understood.

    The question, “Would you like to go on a date?” was never asked. The question “.. and then we’ll have sex, O.K.?” was the one she answered.

  13. The problem seems, to me, that condom technology is sadly lacking.

    I mean, if we can put a man on the moon, why the hell can’t we develop a condom that FEELS invisible?

  14. Just John says:

    cj: You mean like in “Star Trek”, where they’ve invented invisible force fields but the ships themselves have minimal physical armor plating? We’ll just have to wait for the technology to catch up with the fantasy.

  15. stolypin says:

    Just John, well said – but none of us should hold our breath. I’ve been waiting for 30 years for the machine featured in Woody Allen’s Sleepers to make it into Target or WalMart stores . . .

  16. *snort* Only 13 questions? And you only have to get 10 right? That’s not a test. It’s a publicity stunt for the sex ed group.