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A condom for every dick

By Steve Korver Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 06:00
Future condoms … Olympian condoms … Fruity condoms … Death condoms … Just choose one that fits you best! ... These news flashes and more in this week’s Sex in the Press.

Men are dicks

“Men who whine about wearing condoms – villains of sex ed videos, defiers of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports and common sense – might protest even louder if they think their partners are hot,” according to ‘Study: Men say they’re less inclined to use condoms if a female partner is attractive’.

This tendency holds true, even when these men assume that the attractive woman is more likely to have a sexually transmitted disease.

Three theories exist on why this death wish exists: 1) since good looks are often linked with good health, men simply want to reproduce with a hot and healthy woman; 2) men think their status will be enhanced by having sex with a hot woman (i.e. friends will think they’re cool); and 3) a combination of 1 and 2.

Meanwhile, condom use is dropping and HIV rates are rising in many regions in the world, according to ‘HIV infecting 2m more people every year, warns UN’.

So how can we reverse these trends?

One way is to offer lots of different condoms to choose from – so people can shop around for the condom they find most attractive.

With concerted effort, perhaps the above headline will one day read: ‘Study: Men say they’re less inclined to use a female partner, if a condom is attractive’.

Future comforts

Increasing the comfort levels of condoms remains the long-term goal of many condom-peneurs.

Recently, the Swedish company LELO – "the Apple of the pleasure products industry" – claimed to have reinvented the rubber, according to ‘The condom of the future is finally here’.

Their eye-catching HEX condom is indeed stronger and less likely to tear. But unfortunately, the condom is still only “potentially more comfortable than a traditional condom”. So we have to wait to feel if this potential is actually fulfilled…

Meanwhile, a biochemist at Arizona State University claims to have come up with a truly more comfortable condom, according to New condom mimics human skin.

But alas, this technology will likely take years, or even decades, of testing and development before it enters the penis market.

Olympian heights

Condoms must be sustainable for the Earth’s long-term survival, according to ‘Free at Rio Olympics: 9 million forest-friendly condoms’.

And for some, long-term survival can be an attractive idea.

These condoms are made with latex from Amazon rubber trees gathered by tappers “who are employed by a government-run program designed to protect their traditional livelihood, foster sustainable use of the rainforest and deter illegal loggers.”

And speaking of sustainability: each Olympic athlete will receive 42 of these condoms to use during the 18-day event.

A condom for every taste

Many people are turned off by the rubbery smell – and taste – of more traditional condoms.

The South African government decided to confront these and other common complaints in the hopes of reversing the country’s drop in condom use over the last decade, according to ‘Grape or strawberry? Your condom, your choice!’.

Respondents to a survey said, “They wanted a new condom that was of good quality; smelt good; had different flavours and scents; and came in different sizes. And strawberry was their favourite flavour.”

“They also said that these government-issued condoms lacked status and did not impress their partners.”

So to up their appeal, the new condoms were rebranded from ‘Choice’ to ‘Max’ – as in “maximum pleasure, quality and protection”.

In a similar move, Thailand is introducing durian-flavoured condoms, much to the delight of fans of the pungent fruit’.

However, it’s unlikely that this condom will sell beyond Asia – since the fruit smells like death to the uninitiated.

But then again, for some people, the smell of death may act as a handy reminder of the importance of practicing safe sex.

Your condom, your choice!

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