Girls have loved jellies for a couple of years for reasons that have nothing to do with Eros. At anywhere from $5 to $10 for a bag of 10, the bendable baubles can be mixed and matched to accompany any outfit, twisted into flowers and smiley faces, wrapped around the ankle, worn in the swimming pool as well as in the snow, traded or given as gifts.
Late last year, Time magazine reported that jellies were, in fact, undercover sex toys. Here's how it worked, the somber sophists said: A boy snaps or breaks off a girl's bracelet, and depending on the bracelet's color, the girl owes her suitor a certain favor. Yellow bracelet? He gets a hug. Purple? A kiss. Red? A lap dance. And so on.
Liliana Rodriguez, a seventh-grader at Takoma Park Middle School, shares a bunch of bracelets with her younger sister Ana. She says when boys approach her, eyeing her bracelets, "I just run away. I think boys are just playing with us."
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