Condoms Don’t Ruin Sex

I’m not getting paid by the condom industry to write this, I assure you. But when I see a webpage titled How Condoms Ruin Sex, my first reaction is surprise and my second reaction is outrage.

Why on earth would someone attack a form of birth control that’s been shown to reduce the transmission of HIV and other STIs? For women who do not wish to be on hormonal birth control, condoms (when used consistently and properly) are helpful in preventing unwanted pregnancies.

Sure, there are valid reasons for people to choose not to use condoms, but as a sex-positive feminist, I really have to say that those should be personal choices, not decisions mandated by a website with a thinly-veiled religious agenda (and let’s keep in mind that many religious women use birth control too).

There’s already been a thorough debunking of the 1flesh project, which I recommend checking out if you’re curious. It points out the inconsistencies and flaws in their arguments, such as citing CDC evidence one moment and calling them a biased source the next.

The take-home point here is to be smart about sources when you’re reading about sex online. If you can access the original study to see whether a quote was taken out of context, that’d be great! Better yet, get your sex information straight from the source: the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, or right here, your very own MySexProfessor (or associated site Kinsey Confidential).

We’re not telling you what to do – feel free to like or dislike condoms to your heart’s content. We do want you to have up-to-date accurate information about sex, however, which is why we pounced on this topic. Go science!

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About Jeana

Jeana

Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.