Y’all know how I feel about Magnum condoms — unnecessary and stupid, at least most of the time. So Ludacris and I will have to agree to disagree, seeing as he is the new spokesperson for the brand, which has, up until now, never really advertised. After rappers like Luda, Eminem, Kid Rock, and Lil Wayne referenced the extra large condoms in their songs, Trojan realized they had a demographic — outside of dudes with big d**ks in general, I guess? — they could directly target. Young dudes who like hip-hop! Now, ads for the condoms are appearing in hip-hop magazines like Vibe and XXL, and the brand is asking fans to come up with a custom theme song in their Magnum Live Large contest. According to an article in The New York Times:
Participants go to MagnumLiveLarge.com to download base tracks, then record their own Magnum-themed lyrics and upload their entries. Visitors to the site will vote for their favorites, with the winner receiving $5,000 and a trip to Birthday Bash, a hip-hop festival on June 19 in Atlanta. At the show, the winner will be brought onstage by Ludacris and congratulated.
But really, isn’t being born with a big penis thanks enough? [NY Times] Keep reading »
The problem with this ad campaign for OLLA condoms is obvious. In addition to being totally insulting, promoting that condoms are for ugly people doesn’t really do much to stop the spread of STDs. After all, perfectly good-looking people get herpes (Paris Hilton) and I really hope she wraps it up. Check out a few others ads from the campaign, after the jump… [Copyranter] Keep reading »
A Darth Vader-adorned condom wrapper reads, “I will not be your father.” Soon to be found in the nightstand drawers of every geek. [Geekologie] Keep reading »
Birth control pills. Condoms. Porn. Cigarettes.
What do these things have in common other than indicators of a good time (except for, uh, the cigarettes)? They were all banned products at Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy, a Catholic pharmacy in Chantilly, Virginia, that went out of business in March. DMC Pharmacy, which opened in October 2008, refused to sell the Pill or condoms “on the grounds they caused abortions, lead to promiscuity or endangered a woman’s health,” according to The Washington Times. Wow, what a bunch of hooey. Condoms and the Pill are actually protecting women from STDs/STIs and potentially dangerous unintended pregnancies. Keep reading »
Frankly, I don’t know if there are sex toy — er, “marital aid” — stores out there just for Christians or just for the Jewish, but there is one just for Muslims. The Amsterdam-based business is called El Asira, and it was created by Abdelaziz Aouragh, a 29-year-old Dutch-Moroccan orthodox Muslim who, one imagines, looked into the future and decided the world’s “first halal sex shop” promised to be the next big thing. According to Aouragh, who opened the store late last month, the outlet has been sanctioned by fatwa thanks to a Saudi sheik, so long as the products — lube, condoms, sexual stimulants — are used within the context of marriage and are animal fat-free. In the spirit of discretion, the site features no provocative pictures of hot-and-bothered men and women or racy language, and they don’t sell anything battery-operated. And Aouragh claims part of his mission is transforming the image of Muslim women. “The image of women in the kitchen, submissive, dressed in a burkah isn’t true,” he says. “Our shop puts the woman at the centre of things.” Sadly, the site is temporary offline. Observant Muslims will have to wait a little longer for their Islamic sex shop. [True/Slant] Keep reading »
Believe it or not, this is not part of a Tiger Woods Trojan endorsement deal. It’s a condom statue of him that was created to promote birth control and safe sex in Thailand. [Insert your own joke here and share in the comments.] I was going to make one about there being an army of mistresses hiding inside, but let’s see what you’ve got. [CNNGo]
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In case you were curious about the evolution of the condom—you know that rubber thingy that people hate to use but have to—here is an illustrated look at its history, by Corinne Marshall and Jordan Monsell. Next time a dude complains about wearing one, just remind him that you could try it the old-fashioned way and have him put his ween in a tortoise’s a** or a pig intestine. He’ll have that thing on in a jiffy. I’m almost picturing the caption for 2020: “Banana Ointment.” [Mad Atoms] Keep reading »
Condomania has big, big news: In fact, they’ve undertaken a study that is poised to change the face of this great nation and the men who live here. See, back in 2004, the company launched TheyFit Condoms, a line of “tailored-fit prophylactics” that come in 76 — count ‘em — 76 different sizes, and have since tracked the sales of the over 27,000 men in 70 countries who bought them. Analyzing this cache of data was no small (heh) undertaking, but the results for the U.S. have been released (haha) and, well, let’s just say not everything’s bigger in Texas. [Condomania]
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New York City has been handing out free condoms since 1971, and the city now distributes more than 40 million rubbers each year in bars, restaurants, community service agencies, and STD clinics. The Health Department recently held a contest for a new, special edition wrapper for its branded NYC condom, and after tallying the votes, the winner is Luis Acosta of Queens. Won’t his design, which is supposed to symbolize New Yorkers’ power to take control and practice safer sex, make it hard to look at electronic power buttons the same way? [NYC.gov] Keep reading »
Oh, those libertine Europeans! After studies have shown increased sexual activity by 12- to 14-year-old boys (um, eww?), a Swiss condom manufacturer has created “Hotshot” condoms in smaller sizes. According to the Telegraph, various studies across Europe have shown teens don’t use condoms if the sizes are too big for them. So while a standard size condom is two inches in diameter, Hotshot condoms are 1.7 inches to cater to the teeny weenies.
A six-pack of Hotshots will set you back $7 — but don’t count on the smaller condoms being made available here anytime soon. Hotshots are not even for sale in the UK, which has Europe’s highest rate of teen pregnancy. Hey, at least the kids are wrapping it up … right? [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »