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Royal Wedding Condoms

“Lavishly Lubed” and “Regally Ribbed,” Crown Jewels condom brand has created a collector’s edition to commemorate the Royal Wedding. “Like a Royal Wedding, intercourse with a loved one is an unforgettable occasion,” says the Crown Jewels webpage. While I know many of us (myself included) are getting a little weary of hearing about the Royal Wedding, this gem was too good not to share. Image via CrownJewelsCondoms.com

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Emergency Contraception… Anywhere!

This peer-reviewed website offers information about where one can obtain emergency contraception anywhere in the U.S., and even around the world. In addition to containing really thorough information about the various kinds of emergency contraception available, the website displays some personal stories from women who speak about their experiences with emergency contraception. This looks like a great resource, so pass along the link! Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Follow Jeana, the author of this post, @foxyfolklorist. Continue Reading →

Condom Vending Machines In Surprising Places

I’m a big fan of condom vending machines. They allow convenient, anonymous purchases of vital safer sex supplies and sometimes, some exciting extras. While these condom vending machines themselves are not as exciting as the ones that sell cock rings or vibrators, their locations are particularly noteworthy. I found the yellow machine (with the iconic red HIV/AIDS ribbon) on a busy street corner in the French Concession neighborhood of Shanghai. Buying condoms from this machine might not be as anonymous, but I think its public location has stigma-reducing and awareness-raising potential. Continue Reading →

I Have Sex!

A group of students at Wesleyan University recently filmed this awesome video to raise awareness on the potential funding cuts that would affect Planned Parenthood and many other small health clinics. This video has totally inspired me to film one on my own campus! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaxBR1AiFS4

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Making Health Promotion Sexy

If my personal experience is any indication, there’s a good chance that the last time you saw a health promotion campaign on TV or on a billboard, it left a sour taste in your mouth. Too many campaigns seems to rely on fear, guilt, and shame to make their point. There’s a great deal of debate in the field of Public Health about fear-based health promotion. Some think a little fear goes a long way in motivating people to make healthy decisions, but others (like myself) think that there are other, better ways of teaching – especially when it comes to sexual health. Most people have enough anxiety around sex to begin with, and more fear doesn’t necessarily equal more conscientiousness. Continue Reading →

The Free Condom Project

Melbourne is well known for its art and culture and I was pleased to discover that this creative richness is now being used to promote safer sex. The Free Condom Project, a venture started by art distributor Third Drawer Down, is a collaboration between local and international artists and several leading Australian sexual health organizations. They’ve designed eye-catching, stylish, matchbox-like containers for condoms and lubricant that are freely available across Melbourne and greater Victoria. Free Condom Project’s goodies are available at several trendy clothing boutiques, music stores, pharmacies, and even the bookshop at the State Library of Victoria (where I picked up those pictured on the right). The Free Condom Project’s goal is “to positively change perceptions about condom use, helping to reduce the increasing rate of STIs by making condoms readily accessible to sexually active people in a fun and engaging way that encourages people to take ownership of their health and well being.” Continue Reading →

Vixen Condoms: Charitable and Sexy Condom Marketing For Women

Over the years, I’ve heard many women express dismay over the fact that male condoms are rarely marketed to females. Marie Stopes International Australia stepped up to address this missed opportunity, and after a year of research and development, created Vixen Condoms. Unlike most condoms on the market, Vixen Condoms are packaged in a beautiful, stylish, and discreet tin, and each condom features Vixen’s signature artwork. Continue Reading →

Animated Genitals And A Message About Safety

I bet “animated genitals” got your attention, didn’t it? Go watch the video (obviously NSFW) and share it to promote the message that condom use is an important feature of safe sex. But am I the only one who was bothered by the idea of using eyeliner on a bathroom wall? It’s the one thing that struck me as unrealistic about the video–apart from, ya know, the dancing and winged genitals . Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Continue Reading →

Hold a Condom on With a Cockring

Having issues with condom slippage? Try using a stretchy cockring around the base of the condom to keep it on. I figured this one out on my own several years ago when I developed a latex allergy and had to use polyurethane condoms. Polyurethane condoms are less stretchy than latex so they make the condoms bigger than latex condoms which inevitably meant that if the guy I was with had an average sized penis or smaller the condom would slip off. Luckily polyisoprene condoms (the new non-latex condom) are much stretchier and don’t have this issue as often. Continue Reading →