About Karen Rayne

Dr. Karen Rayne has been supporting parents and families since 2007 when she received her PhD in Educational Psychology. A specialist in child wellbeing, Dr. Rayne has spent much of her career supporting parents, teachers, and other adults who care for children and teenagers.


  1. Sex with a condom is as pleasurable as washing a cat? I don’t get it.

  2. You make me laugh, Alice! No, I think the point is that sex with this brand of condom is quite pleasurable. And the kid is using his parents’ pleasure to his advantage by asking permission to do outrageous things at opportune moments.

  3. I think Alice’s point was that she didn’t find the idea of putting the cat in the washing machine funny. I agree – I’m uncomfortable with this one and many of the images (including the idea of promoting in the US the idea that the French are so focused on sexual pleasure that they don’t parent adequately).

  4. Hmm, that’s a good point, Dorian. I hadn’t thought of those perspectives.

  5. Although, for a fact, I don’t find the idea of putting a cat in the washing machine funny, I was mostly just confused. I didn’t get that the parents were busy having sex while the kid was going wild. I didn’t get the point of the commercial at all. Must be my own cultural ignorance. 🙂

    I don’t think most Americans spend much time thinking about French parenting.

  6. I think don’t really think this should be seen as a statement on animal cruelty or French parenting. It’s just a condom ad, and one I found very funny.

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