I am impressed. Really. I can't think of many more effective ways to make sure that your daughter -- and this test is really only aimed at parents of daughters, because there will almost be some sort of seminal traces in male underwear -- never ever trusts you again than to do this sort of thing to her.
And hey! The same test can be used on your daughter and your presumptively cheating wife! Isn't that convenient? (Of course, if nothing else, it requires you not to be having sex with your wife, like, EVER, because otherwise, the semen that you find might actually be yours! Which this manufacturer must be counting on stupid men not to realize.)
And you know, just as a matter of physiology, by the time you're detecting semen in your daughter's underwear, it may well be just the teensiest bit late to prevent pregnancy. And what on earth would you do about it, anyway? Hold her prisoner until she was 30, then marry her off to someone else who would hold her prisoner? I mean, what?
I do love the bit on their front page where they say, "America's religion based society uses a "head in the sand" approach to deal with the issue of teen sex and pregnancy...". I mean, after all, there's nothing quite like directly insulting those who are likely to be your best customers to just make them fling the money at you, is there? (That said, anyone desperate enough or stupid enough to try something like this would probably not care.)
Mind, I have no doubt that this test probably does work, or at least it's possible that it does. It's simply the semen detection test that they use in rape kits separated out from the rest of it. The elements of semen react in a specific way if they're present.
One wonders just how good this company's sales are. Depressingly good, probably.Posted by iain at August 05, 2003 12:29 PM
1.The users of the CheckMate products are not stupid as you claim. These people are hurting from unfair treatment at the hands of a bad person and they need answers before they move on. Have you ever heard of a guy leaving his woman because he "thought" she was cheating? I can see it now, "Yea, I left my wife becuase I thought she was cheating." "I didn't really know, I just thought she was cheating, so I left." Like you said, "Yea right".
2. Men do not detect themselves. The insrtuctions clearly state you must abstain from sex with the woman you want to test for 7 days. This is basically never a problem because the people in question are usually not having sex on a regular basis anyway!
3. Teensceen is not a weapon, it's a very powerful tool that gives responsible parents the ability to know if something is going on. You certainly would never tell you daughter you had or were using this. If your daughter came home unexpectedly at 1:30 in the morning for the very first time, Teensecreen would be an absolute miracle. Which by the way is exactly how users of both products decribe them.