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Old 12-16-2003   #1
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Student 'sex bracelets' an urban legend?
Friday, December 12, 2003 Posted: 6:34 AM EST (1134 GMT)


These "jelly bracelets" are popular with younger students, some of whom are outraged at the suggestion they're anything more than fun to wear.


CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Orange, red, blue, black -- they're just thin, rubbery bracelets that come in a rainbow of colors, but they're causing quite a stir.

First made popular by Madonna and other pop stars in the 1980s, "jelly bracelets" are making a comeback with teens and some grade-school kids. But this time, there's a twist: In some parts of the U.S., they're calling them "sex bracelets" -- with various colors supposedly representing promises to perform sex acts in a game called "Snap."

As the story goes, break someone's orange bracelet (or purple, in some cases) and you get a kiss. Red, a lap dance. Blue, oral sex. Black, intercourse. And so on.

"They've been selling like crazy," says Andy Ball, a clerk at The Alley, an edgy clothing and accessories store in Chicago. He says he learned about their secret meaning from a group of teens who came into the store about a month ago.

Still, it's unclear whether young people are really following through with the sex acts. And some experts think most youth are hearing about the game from recent news reports, not each other.

Snopes.com, a Web site dedicated to exposing urban legends, has deemed the validity of sex bracelets "undetermined."

"Every now and then, I get a note from kids who say it is true," says Barbara Mikkelson, Snopes.com's co-founder. "But I get a heck of a lot of e-mails from kids who are outraged that adults think they would do this. To them, [the bracelets] are just a fashion statement."

Regardless, a few schools in such states as Illinois, Ohio and Florida have banned the bracelets.

"It's about the disruption of the school day," says Joann Hipsher, principal at one of the schools -- Malabar Middle School in Mansfield, Ohio. She says students were spending too much time "worrying about who had them, who had been snapping them."

Elizabeth Cooke, a fourth-grade teacher in Baltimore County, says she was surprised when a fifth-grader told her the bracelets had "secret meanings -- one being, if someone broke one it meant you have to have sex."

"He told me that he wasn't sure if he wanted to wear them anymore because they were stupid," says Cooke, whose school allows the bracelets as a fashion item, if they cause no distractions.

"In my opinion," she adds, "he shouldn't even be thinking about sex at all."

But in other parts of the country, teens say no one they know calls them "sex bracelets."

"It's kind of outrageous and ridiculous. I think the media is making an issue out of nothing," says Kelly Egarian, a 17-year-old from Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, who serves as a consultant for Teenage Research Unlimited, a suburban Chicago firm that tracks youth trends.

In fact, when the staff at Teenage Research asked its 300-some young consultants nationwide about sex bracelets, they found nothing concrete.

"They knew of a friend who had a friend who had a friend who knew about this," says Michael Wood, the company's vice president. "But no one could point a finger to anyone who was actually doing this."

Other experts who deal with teens and children also believe the so-called trend has been blown out of proportion.

A few doctors who treat children and teens in such states as Connecticut, Minnesota and California had never heard of "sex bracelets."

Meanwhile, Dr. Cynthia Mears, an adolescent medicine specialist at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, says some of her young patients do call the bracelets by that name. But she says the most they might give another teen who broke one would be a hug or a kiss -- not sex.

"When I ask, 'Do you go there?' they just kind of look at me and go 'Nahhh,"' Mears says, noting that her young patients are generally willing to talk about their sexual activity because the conversations are confidential.

Mears is concerned that younger children might hear the sex bracelets lingo and "think it's cool." But regardless of the age, she and other experts say parents shouldn't freak out.

Instead, Dr. Lynn Ponton says the bracelets give parents a chance to talk about sex with their children -- something she says they often avoid or handle awkwardly.

"It offers an opportunity to say 'Hey, what's the bracelet mean? What are other kids wearing? What do you think about that?"' says Ponton, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco and author of the book "The Sex Lives of Teenagers."

But Egarian -- the New Jersey teen -- advises parents to tread carefully.

"If my parents questioned me too much about the bracelets," she says, "I'd probably wear them more."



Out here my mates and I call them shag bands. Neither I, nor any of my friends, follow the 'colour code'. you break it you have sex, that's how it is.

of course nobody actually does it (well, nobody I know does) but they're a laugh.

plus, i think they're pretty funky looking.

Any thoughts?
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Old 12-16-2003   #2
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Re: Shag bands

Haha, I read about that in the newspaper one day. I've never heard of em but I bet kids do that. That's rediculous for grade school kids to do stuff like that, but I believe it.
I wouldn't even wear them.
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they're actually quite sweet looking.

i have a couple. one black and glittery one that my mate gave me and another neon green one which matches one my boyfriend wears. but i only wear them cos i like them, i wouldn't even think of following the 'rules'.

its a shame that teenagers seem to turn everything into sex nowadays...

though i suppose its always been like that.

and always will be.

god we're a sad race.
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Re: Shag bands

There was another post about this on some other site.... A whole bunch of people were annoyed. "Sex bracelets?" I mean come on, they're just little bands of rubber that people are originally supposed to wear around their wrists because they apparently look spiffy. I hardly think that those things stand for anything. But now that it apparently does, I'm not even surprised that it's sex - related. Sex is everywhere nowadays and well, society doesn't do anything to relinquish it.

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hi i was wondering what are the meaning of shag bands
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please i nned to know
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Re: Shag bands

If you're not a bot, then you're the dumbest person alive ashleigh801.

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Of all the places you could have looked up what a shag band is...
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Out here my mates and I call them shag bands. Neither I, nor any of my friends, follow the 'colour code'. you break it you have sex, that's how it is.

of course nobody actually does it (well, nobody I know does) but they're a laugh.

plus, i think they're pretty funky looking.

Any thoughts?
I never knew about this whole sex/shagging business until an episode of George Lopez mentioned it and that I only watched a few months ago. I used to wear the jelly bracelets from 18 on... All I did though was collect one from each of my friends who owned one, taken off their wrists. To me, it was nothing more than a fashion thing. At around 21 years old, I was forced to take them all off by the hospital I was in when I was put on suicide watch. Apparently I could have killed myself with jelly bracelets that had shrunk (after two to three years of wearing them without removing them) to just about the size of my wrist. I was pretty pissed that they made me remove them (especially considering they left me in a room with sharp objects belonging to the hospital) and when I got out I replaced them with 8 black and grey bracelets that I wore alternating. I only wore them for about a half a year though... it just wasn't the same. The other ones, in a variety of colors, had come from friends, some of whom had moved, and held sentimental value. Fuck that hospital. Fuck it up its stupid bleeding asshole.
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ashleigh should run down to The Alley and purchase herself some jelly bracelets.
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