“Sex bracelets”, a harmless craze or a dangerous game?

"Sex bracelets" are the latest craze amongst Brazilian teenagers. A successor to friendship bracelets, each of these cheap coloured wristbands relates to a type of sexual activity. While it was initially supposed to be a bit of fun, for one teenage girl, the game turned into a nightmare.

The plastic accessories first became popular in the UK in the 1990s, where they were known as "shag bands". The rule of the game is that depending on the colour, when broken, the wearer is obliged to commit a certain sexual act - from a simple hug to actual intercourse. The supposed aim of the game: to break bracelets in order to get yourself sexual favours.

The sex bracelet colour code:

Yellow: a kiss

Pink: the girl must flash her breasts

Purple: French kiss

Red: lap dance

White: whatever the girl wants

Blue: fellatio

Light pink: cunnilingus

Black: intercourse

Gold: all of the above

The sex bracelet game came to public attention in Brazil in April when a 13-year-old girl reported to the police that three boys had raped her because she was wearing a black bracelet (which means full sex). The ensuing public outcry resulted in the banning of sex bracelets in schools in several cities across Brazil, including Rio de Janeiro. Other municipalities decided to restrict the sale of sex bracelets to people over 18 only.

Posted by Joao Carlos on his blog.

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"The sex bracelet craze reveals the shortcomings of sex education in Brazilian schools"

João Carlos Cunha Moura is a legal assistant in the state of Maranhão, Brazil. His blog: Viagem aleatoria.

This game is popular with teens aged between 15 and 18; my brothers and sisters wear them. The bands are really cheap, they only cost one real (50 euro cents) for a pack of 10, and you can find them absolutely everywhere.

However, the wearer isn't really forced into partaking in any sexual act. I've never heard of a girl who actually had sex because someone snapped one of her bands. It’s more like the kind of games we used to play when we were young, like "truth or dare". While they probably know the supposed meaning of these coloured bands, many Brazilian girls wear them just because they like the look of them.

But the sex bracelet craze also reveals the shortcomings of sex education in Brazilian schools. Old Catholic taboos pervade our culture and most teenagers never talk about sex with adults. TV shows and movies are their only source of information about sex.

Banning sex bracelets in schools doesn’t really make sense. It’s just a way of reassuring people after the rape of the girl in Londrina. The rapists claimed they had sex with her after snapping her black bracelet, but it’s just an excuse. The ban is just another way to avoid talking seriously with teenagers regarding sexual issues..."

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when i was in high school we

when i was in high school we used the plastic things inside the soda bottle lids and made them into braclets and the boys would have to take them off to get something im not sure what.

i live in Utah

i live in Utah

i live in ohio

i live in ohio

Love bracelets

Anthing possible,,most of the youngsters today in the west,are empty headed,to be manipulated,and herded like sheep.P.S. Well from an English perpective .Dont know what crap is feed to them by their broadcasters and media.If it is anything like the English and Americans,then they just as thick.

Why blame the media?

Why not blame the parents who let their children make their own choices?

It's a parents responsibility to teach their children right from wrong and make decisions for their children until the children become adults at 18. Kids should not participate in trends that have an adult connotation.

In addition, parents should teach their sons it's not right to hit, hurt, abuse, or rape women. Regardless of what a woman wears, she does NOT deserved to be raped, and that is that.

Plenty of parents are 90% ignorant about sex themselves

So how can they hope to educate their kids?

Besides, all they would do is preach ideals rather than realities. Sort of like preparing for an arctic expedition by describing a picnic.

i guess this is why women

i guess this is why women need to wear bags out in public, right?

well if you know the band

well if you know the band has a meaning and you still ware it your bad. she is 13 not 3 by now in a country like brasil she should know better. rape over there is the way to say i like your smile. there are times you need to say you set yourself up for failer.

It's not the band it's the psychos

Does a 13 year old know they have sexual connotations?
My 10 year old would think of them as friendship bracelets.
At what point did they become sex bracelets?

It was just an excuse for the psychopaths.
People like that will always blame something else like internet, movies, jewellery!
Truth is they are at fault or their parents are if they had a bad upbringing not the 13 year old or some teenage game with jewellery.

This has been going on in

This has been going on in the US for over ten years and many other parts of the world. This isn't really new...except to the people who made this story, I suppose.

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