Ever wonder what happens to all the condoms that fail the quality control test? Artist and social activist Adriana Bertini crafts gowns out of them. Bertini’s Condom Couture project was created to raise awareness about safe sex and STI prevention. Using dyed defective and expired condoms, she puts together dresses that aim to get people talking about safe sex, though the dresses are so immaculate that it’s sometimes easy to forget what they’re made of! She’s also been known to weave condoms into images, like those of AIDS victims or activists. Bertini also teaches students how to create these dresses on their own, which provides an avenue to talk to them about safer sex. Bertini’s amazing handiwork has been shown in exhibitions at the United Nations and the International AIDS conference. They’ve even been featured in runway shows. [The Gloss] [Image via Condom Couture/Facebook]
Condom companies are always coming out with new designs that promise to be “ribbed for her pleasure” or “extra thin” — there’s even a condom coming soon that’s made from something called hydrogel, which is apparently what contact lenses are made from. But if you ask me, the most … creative innovator in condom technology has to be Kong Yongxiang, a student at South Medical University in Guangzhou, China, who designed a thong-like condom that covers more surface area around the penis, preventing semen leakage. This condom g-string, called the Eros Protector, is designed to be worn like a pair of underwear and scored Yongxiang $300K in backing from Guangdong Yuezheng Investment Management Limited. Worried you might not be able to get wet for a guy essentially wearing a bib around his junk? Good news! The Eros Protector comes with ”Chinese herbal blend lubricant that helps to maintain the pH balance of a woman’s private parts.” The rubbers haven’t been produced yet, but above is a crude drawing of what to expect. Sexy. [Global Post]
The NYPD has finally agreed to ban the confiscation condoms as evidence from people they suspect of being sex workers. With similar measures having been fought for and won in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., this seems like a win for sexual health, right?
Well, sort of. The headlines I keep seeing aren’t actually accurate: “NYPD to stop seizing sex work suspects’ condoms,” “NYPD To Stop Seizing Condoms From Suspects As Evidence Of Prostitution,” etc. This sort of shoddy reporting might mean that the public thinks that condoms as evidence is an issue over and done with, when in fact there is more to do. The policy announced by NYPD Commissioner Bratton bars confiscation of condoms as arrest evidence in prostitution, prostitution in a school zone, and loitering for the purposes of prostitution cases, which is a great start. But it’s not as overarching as the mainstream media seems to think it is. Keep reading »
Janice Chan, a Brooklyn lawyer-turned-entrepreneur (read: badass) is tired of the judgment women sometimes receive for carrying condoms. She also didn’t like storing her condoms in fancy business card cases or makeup bags when going out, but the only condom cases she found on the market were geared toward men. Now she’s created a company called The Plan A Project that creates beautiful condom cases for women, which are small enough to fit inside even the tiniest clutch.(We know, because she sent us a couple samples!) Keep reading »