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What’s Your Condom Size?

Scrolling through the web the other day, I came across Condomsizer, which claims to be the “#1 Condom Size Resource on the Web.” Now, I can’t speak to whether or not is is the #1 size resource on the web, but I do think it is an excellent resource for learning about which condoms will fit you like a glove. Playing around on the site, I realized that it is aimed at those in Europe, so I decided to search to see what is available for those in the US. The Condom Size Calculator, located on Condom Monologues, and the Condom Size app are both targeted to US users. Growing up, I heard that if someone says a condom doesn’t fit them, they’re lying. Continue Reading →

Condoms As Crime

I made a post in 2011 condemning laws in New York City and Washington D.C. that allow police to confiscate condoms as “proof” that a person plans to sell sex. According to Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon, this trend is continuing in New York City, with a negative impact not only on sex workers, but also on outreach workers and businesses that would like to freely distribute condoms (in order to encourage safe sex to prevent STI and HIV transmission), yet are also impacted by this policy. The toll on the LGBT community, with transgender respondents who are not sex workers yet get in trouble with the police for loitering, is also problematic. Along similar lines, this Canadian writer’s story about being detained at the U.S. border and having condoms used as “proof” of criminal behavior is harrowing. Continue Reading →

2012 Election Results: California Sex Laws

Last week, Californians voted on whether to make condom use mandatory in pornography shoots. Measure B passed, but remains controversial. Many adult performers believe that they already take adequate safety measures such as regular testing, and that the law only further marginalizes them. For those reasons, I prefer to hear more of their perspectives before I make up my mind on the law. In more California news (because that’s where I’m from), Prop 35 also passed, which approves harsher sentences for human trafficking. Continue Reading →

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). Continue Reading →

Sexual Health For The Zombie Apocalypse

As you may be aware, the CDC has a zombie preparedness page. However, as Dr. Jen Gunter points out, they neglect to give sexual health advice, so she fills in the gap by advising us to be prepared with condoms, menstrual supplies, and batteries for our fave toys (since not every survivor you meet will be your type). My only concern is that this advice seems overwhelmingly aimed at women, while men, too, would benefit from having emergency supplies for both sexual safety and pleasure on hand. Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Follow Jeana, the author of this post, @foxyfolklorist. Continue Reading →

Carrying Multiple Condoms Is Proof Of Prostitution?

Laws in both New York City and Washington D.C. allow police to use condoms as evidence of prostitution, so if you are stopped and found carrying three condoms or more, it could mean trouble. This is terrible for sex education and sexual health campaigns that encourage people–sex workers as well as others–to have access to condoms in order to prevent pregnancy and disease transmission. If I were living in the US right now, I’d propose a condom-carrying protest out of sheer spite for that stupid law. Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Continue Reading →

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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Condom Sign in India

While in Shillong, Meghalaya (a state in the north-east of India), I saw this sign in the middle of a bustling marketplace:

I saw a handful of signs like this around the city, but I don’t know where local folks can get condoms, so is the message really doing any good? Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Follow Jeana, the author of this post, @foxyfolklorist. Continue Reading →