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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 →

I’m Glad We’ve Moved Past That: The History And Future Of Birth Control

Not surprisingly, I will often read anything that I find on the internet that has to do with birth control. So I was fairly intrigued by this article on The History and Future of Birth Control. It features some of the more, shall we say, colorful methods of contraception that have been used in times past including wood blocks and crocodile dung. However, it also contains some of the ideas for future development, mainly in the field of non-barrier methods for men. If some of these methods turn out to be effective, it could revolutionize contraceptives all over again, particularly if they turn out to be less dangerous than the hormonal contraceptives we already have for women. Continue Reading →

Gay Porn Studio Fined By Cal/OSHA

Cal/OSHA recently fined gay porn studio Treasure Island Media $21,470 for allegedly putting employees in danger by exposing workers “to semen and other potentially infectious materials.” Treasure Island often makes barebacking porn (sex with no condoms, usually gay men) which carries many risks. I’m curious how this will affect the debate over condom use in straight porn. Thoughts? Continue Reading →

Safer Sex Promotion For The Video Game Generation

The Leicestershire division of the UK’s Teen Pregnancy Partnership put out this wonderfully nerdy safer sex promotion video (below). Often, youth-targeted safer sex messages come off as condescending, preachy, or just plain silly (words ending in “z” anyone?). I think this organization hit the right note with this one. Enjoy, Robot Masters! Continue Reading →

A ‘Must-See’ Film: The Education Of Shelby Knox

Talk about a movie that will make your head spin… I recently watched the film, The Education Of Shelby Knox: Sex, Lies, and Education and if sexual education is something you fancy, I highly recommend that you check this out. The 2005 documentary (directed and produced by Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt) focuses on Shelby Knox – a teenage girl who joins a campaign for implementing comprehensive sex education in the high schools of her hometown (Lubbock, Texas). Continue Reading →

Michigan Wins at Sex: Trojan Sexual Health Report Card

Trojan® recently released a sexual health report card for US campuses showcasing what they consider the most “sexually healthy” schools.  And, guess what!  University of Michigan and Michigan State were both in the top 5!  Go Michigan schools! The study looked at data from health centers and student opinion polls, looking for availability of contraceptives, STI/HIV testing, and education/advocacy groups, among other things. I’m very proud that Michigan cracked the top 5, mainly due to the hard push that everyone in the health center has been making to make sure Michigan is one of the most sexually healthy colleges in the U.S. Continue Reading →