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You’ve already asked your parents where babies come from, but ever wonder about condoms? Deep in the south of France is a small town called Condom where a company called The Original Condom produces the birth control. Well, to be fair, the condom actually has a long history (did you know, for example, that in 1780, General La Fayette distributed condoms among his troops?), and it doesn’t quite originate in this French town. Founded just last year, The Original Condom does claim to make the world’s first “luxury” condom, which means giving it some regal packaging and jazzing it up with la French touche.
And FYI, the French word for condom is préservatif. Just a heads-up if you ever travel to France and think you’re asking your waiter for jam for your toast when you request preservatives, and he’ll undoubtedly give you a disgusted look. [The Original Condom] Keep reading »
It’s great when birth control works to our advantage. It’s horrible when the way it works is to stop us from having sex in the first place! This week, one CafeMom finds herself, for medical reasons, needing to use condoms for a few months. But she’s getting objections from an important player in the scenario. What’s a frisky girl to do?
Let’s be serious here for a moment: forgetting to wear a condom in today’s world is as dangerous as sticking your finger in an electrical socket. But rather than getting electrocuted, you can end up with a baby you aren’t ready for or worse — you can get a slew of different diseases, some of which can’t be cured. Rather than be a fool, after the jump, check out 20 funny phrases for initiating the safe sex talk with your guy or to remind your friends to use condoms. Keep reading »
- A South African doctor is giving away 30,000 free “Rape-aXe” condoms for women in South Africa before the start of the World Cup soccer games. The “Rape-aXe” condom has tiny hooks on it which attach to an attacker’s penis and can only be removed by a doctor in a hospital, where he would be identified as a rapist. The latest version of the condom does not pierce the skin, so the transmission of AIDS is not a concern. [Metro]
- Women kicked ass in last night’s primary elections across the nation! Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, won the Republican gubernatorial nomination in California and Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO, won the state’s Republican Senate primary. In South Carolina, Nikki Haley also won the Republican’s gubernatorial race. [CBS News]
- But it’s not all good news: South Carolina’s Democratic nominee to challenge the incumbent senator was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene internet photos to a female University of South Carolina student. Records also say Alvin Green, 32, talked about going to the young woman’s room at a university dorm. The woman’s identity is unclear. Green’s felony charge carries up to five years in prison. [AP]
I guess someone wandered around Coachella throwing water-filled condoms in people’s faces? It was hot, so I suppose they liked it. Since this is 2010, someone was there to videotape the results, and because this is the internet, someone did a second version in which the condom water bombs are seen exploding in reverse slow motion. The effect is completely strange. Is this CGI? Is this real life? Is this actually happening? I feel like this is some sort of subliminal advertising campaign for Terminator-brand condoms. You never know. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
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.
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 »