China, We Have a Problem.

11 11 2009

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While I’m a big fan of many things that are “Made in China,” I’m definitely scratching condoms off that list.  

According to the UK Times, police have raided a number of counterfeit condom factories in the Central Hunan province, where shirtless workers are slathering vegetable oil on the fake domes to make them appear lubricated and slipping the completely unsanitized products into fiber bags for national distribution.  These condoms, carrying famous brand names such as “Durex” and “Rough Rider,” offer little to no protection from pregnancy or disease and have already sold by the millions.  

Pretend condoms would be a huge problem in any country, but they are especially troublesome in China, where a heavily enforced one-child policy has been in place since 1979.  An article in the July ’09 issue of Time magazine underscored the extreme sensitivity of this issue for many couples, explaining, 

“..as a measure to rein in China’s booming population, the law has faced widespread opposition from its first day. Because local levels of compliance with the law make up an important part of whether district bureaucrats get promoted, officials have often turned to harsh tactics — including forced sterilization and late-term abortion — to enforce compliance.”

Selling Chinese women counterfeit condoms knowing many of them will be forced to abort their resulting babies is like slipping an extra stick of butter into someone’s food every day and then threatening to cut off her left arm if she gains weight.  It’s disgusting and completely sadistic.  

Four people have already been arrested in the condom bust, and if you ask me, they should be locked up in cells with counterfeit toilets that spray their contents back out at you shouting, “HAHA, GOTCHA!”

Yea, that’d teach ’em.

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15 responses

11 11 2009
Geof Boyle

I’m disturbed by ‘fiber bags’. So they are putting vegetable oil covered animal-shape balloons into burlap sacks, calling them rubbers, and people are using them? I’m going to barf.

11 11 2009
bros

perhaps the cruelest of china’s consumer fraud cases yet. its between this and the milk, but I think this one might be worse because in the baby formula case, the mothers were allowed (if they could and hadnt been sterilized) to have another child-in this case, they could be forced to abort through no fault of their own. I imagine the government will issue some decree letting women keep babies who were sold fake condoms, which will be easier for the party than instituting consumer protection and doing something about their rampant counterfeit problem. lame country. this is what happens when a communist country rapidly transitions to a market economy with no democracy: capitalism with no soul.

11 11 2009
BS

Where exactly can I find this capitalism with a soul?

12 11 2009
bros

somehow, I knew you were going to say that. but I mean it. China is a soul-less place, with a mutated and far more rapacious capitalism than a lot of other places. and there is nothing to keep it in check-no voting factions, no law makers accountable to their people (although I know you think that doesnt exist here either), and no legal system for redress. its a cold, every man for himself, eat or be eaten survival system there-like literally kill or be killed. the country is almost completely without ethics-where do ethics come from? a system of government with its attendant philosophical underpinnings? religion? china killed off religion and has a mutated politico-economic structure where ethics falls throught the cracks in a major way.

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BS

then stop baiting :). While I agree that the rapid transition of many ‘communist’ states towards market economics can be devastating, i don’t see the causal relationship that you do.

The accountability that exists in most democratic countries is superficial at best. If you get caught on tape doing something blatantly embarrassing, they’ll throw you to the dogs. We saw Blajoveich masqueraded around when he did something that is done 1000 times a day in Washington, DC. Previous corruption scandals in China have ended in execution. In that respect, we’re not too different from them.

And we just had countless discussions where we all basically agreed that the US health, food, and prison systems are in need of COMPLETE overhaul. (In fact how was our peanut butter ecoli scandal any different than the condom scandal).

Based on your logic, our western democracy should be big advantages for us in all those institutions. At the very least they should give us some substantive levers of influence over them right?

In one case you have a non-democratic state controlling the industry and in the other you have a corporation that is even less democratic.

11 11 2009
Ashley

hahah that toilet scheme is ingenious payback and gross

12 11 2009
Edward Dandyhands

Who needs condoms when you can just use saran wrap and a orthodontic rubber band at the base of the shaft… duh…

12 11 2009
districtramblings

An orthodontic rubberband? Did you learn this trick when you were 12?

Don’t answer that.

12 11 2009
Geof Boyle

If you thought it hurt when it snapped in your mouth…

12 11 2009
bros

orthodontic rubber bands are quite miniscule. i used to have braces and remember them well. I hope thats not an indication of edward dandyhands’ endowment. 🙂

12 11 2009
taylor

Who hasn’t seen the old “fake named vegetable oil-lubed burlap sack condom” scenario played out before? Get creative, people. Sometimes I feel like China is on cruise control…

12 11 2009
bros

where is the reply to a reply button on here?
youre right BS, that our western democracy doesnt afford the consumer protections that it should. but it still has more than in china. its raw there; it’s blatant. perhaps I take comfort in the dissembling and the elegant, elaborate masquerade. but you wont get me to agree that our institutions here, such as the judiciary, consumer protection standards, better business bureau, etc. are all hopelessly decrepit. one can find fault anywhere, but pointing out our peanut butter scandal compared to china’s scandals and complete lack of a judicial system that its citizens have access to is like complaining that your veal a la limone is not tender enough.

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