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NYC Condom Contest

Posted by Condomologist on March 1, 2010

Vote for your favorite design in the New York City Dept of Public Health’s condom contest. It’s good to see a city government willing to pour money into an ongoing campaign to make condoms cool.

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Condom dude is back

Posted by Condomologist on February 17, 2010

My one dedicated reader has asked that I make a (less-than-triumphant) return to the blogosphere. And it was a few weeks ago I came across this ad — or “pub,” as it’s called in French, pronounced “pube” with a French accent — and thought, I think it’s about time I return the Condomologist to his proper place. So the blog is back, with slightly less commitment, but again open to the viewing pub-lic. Man I love me some French ingenuity. Enjoy!

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My dream pillow

Posted by Condomologist on June 9, 2009

Anyone looking to buy an expensive gift for the Condomologist can head over to Etsy and purchase the one remaining (at press time) hand silkscreened giant condom pillow with giant fabric condom. (Not sure what the fabric condom is for, but I’ll happily wear it next Halloween — with holes poked out to see through, of course.)

condom pillow

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Condom Use Worldwide

Posted by Condomologist on May 21, 2009

The Guardian takes a look at WHO data reflecting the prevalence of condom use around the globe. China comes in atop the list around 90%, with the UK a good ways behind in second, and the US lagging even farther back at 72.8%, behind Vietnam, Iran and others. Check out the data here. It doesn’t take into account myriad factors — presence of other contraceptive methods, China’s one-child policy, condom availability…the list goes on — but it’s interesting nonetheless.

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What did the penis say to the condom?

Posted by Condomologist on May 7, 2009

Cover me up, I’m going in.

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No animals. No kids. No shit.

Posted by Condomologist on May 1, 2009

Those are the words of the legendary Dan Savage. But everything else goes. Enjoy.

 

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Free condoms doesn’t mean unlimited condoms

Posted by Condomologist on April 30, 2009

Twice in the last two weeks, I’ve been made to feel guilty about denying someone from taking an excessive amount of condoms from my organization (which advertises, in so many words, as providing free condoms). Which got me thinking: How many condoms should one reasonably be allowed to take from a free supply? 10? 50? 100? Does it matter if they insist they will make use of them? Or, as it happened last night, is a sex worker entitled to 10 times as many as someone off the street, because they’re ostensibly having more sex? I’m torn. How do we say no to a request for condoms?  But as a colleague unprofessionally explained to her, “Girl, you’re working,” implying that she’s got the money to buy her own. That’s unfair, especially since many sex workers do not choose their profession — though some certainly do — but what about clearly voluntary sex parties? Should we supply endless condoms to gatherings for which participants often pay a fee — assuming some of this fee could go to rubbers — or pony up hundreds of condoms a month since they may otherwise be unavailable? I don’t know. Limited funds plague the non-profit world, and it would be regrettable if we couldn’t serve 10 people because we gave too many condoms to one person. Right, right: Fight for more money and more condoms. Easier said than done and not always feasible. But how do we set a somewhat arbitrary cap on condoms and then stick to it regardless of the condom seeker? Does a sex worker get more condoms because (s)he’s having more sex? How about a sex addict? Should we dole them out based on target populations, giving more to those whom either we specify as groups we’re funded to serve or who we know are at greater risk for contracting HIV or other STDs? I don’t know. The fact is that we condom distributors vary our giving based on a number of factors, amounting to little accountability, probably even less rationality, and a whole lot of bias; I’ve seen it, felt it, done it, observed it time and again. More condoms go to those who ask more nicely, less to the disrespectful repeat customers. More given out at once when outreach workers want to go home sooner, less when word’s come down from above that we’re going through too many too quickly. More to the macho dudes proclaiming multiple sexual encounters a day — and not because we like them, but we worry about their multiple partners. More to the young, less to the old. I don’t even want to get into race and gender of the giver and receiver.

And when it comes time to take stock of our supply, all we know is how many total condoms we’ve distributed in a given period of time. Too often there’s chatter in the non-profit world of just fighting for more funds. Need more of this and that. If only we get such-and-such contract. And yet the evaluation side of the equation — whether the existing jobs are being performed adequately — is a joke. And when, in the case of condom distribution, there are few to no standards or goals, evaluation cannot exist in the first place. I say this not at all as a direct criticism of the agency I work for — which is as good as I’ve seen — but just one of the many obstacles common to non-profits everywhere.

Just my rant for the day.

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Oh you little Sun Devils

Posted by Condomologist on April 24, 2009

asuwebdevil reports on Safe Sex Week at Arizona State University:  “Several ASU students spent about an hour and a half trying to affix a large mesh condom atop the spire on the Tempe campus Hayden Lawn on Tuesday with a pulley system of cheap rope, broomsticks and spare shoes. But the members of ASU Advocates for Sexual Health just couldn’t get it up.” We sexual health peoples need the physics nerds to help us from time to time, apparently. Christina Mesiti, president of the student group, helped stich together the condom and remarked on its symbolism: “By putting a condom on the ‘nipple of knowledge,’ we figured it would be, like, the Bat Signal for our cause. It’s our symbol.” And a remarkable one at that, 12-feet wide, using 37 yards of fabric. Looking forward to seeing it when they finally get it up.

 

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I’m in love with the Condom Fairy

Posted by Condomologist on April 24, 2009

Lifestyle Skyn — the relatively new non-latex, polyisoprene style condom — takes their new super sexy advertising one step further and adds a lovely touch of humour.

 

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Want to be snug as a bug in a rug?

Posted by Condomologist on April 24, 2009

Further proof emerges from the UK that a good many folk out there are unaware of the many condom sizes available: “More than half of London men have been wearing the wrong size of condom, unaware they could be snug as a bug in a rug,” writes the thelondonpaper.com. In particular, those old fogies, the over-55 crowd, are particularly clueless when it comes to condom variation, concludes the study done by condom brand Pasante . We need to start sex ed programming for old single men, what with their inability to maintain an erection and their not knowing about condoms that may make safer sex more enjoyable for them.

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