In March 2013, Bill Gates launched a campaign called the “Condom Challenge“.
The current problem with condoms is that they have been pretty much the same for hundreds of years. To ensure that lives are saved by having safer sex, the Gates Foundation offered a grant worth $100,000 to anyone who could come up with a sexy new redesign for condoms. After reviewing 500 submissions, the Gates Foundation has found 11 grant-worthy proposals for a new condom.
In other words, say goodbye to those regular, old condoms you hate so much because sexy, new condoms are coming very soon!
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait for development of all the new condom designs to be underway before we can know more about them. But the Gates Foundation did reveal two new designs they are currently funding. Want to know more? Read more…
A few days ago, I was reading an XBiz special report called Porn & Condoms: Adult Industry Stands Divided, which obviously surmised the current, “Should condoms be mandatory on porn shoots?” debate within the porn industry.
Since pornstar Cameron Bay contracted HIV, the debate has come to the forefront of industry news.
The belief is that Cameron Bay wouldn’t have contracted HIV if condoms were mandatory on porn shoots.
I’m not here to discuss whether or not condoms should be mandatory. If we were to talk about condoms in porn, I would say that Nina Hartley has it figured it out already. Nina opposes the mandatory condoms in porn, favouring a “condoms optional” policy.
“If a performer would feel more comfortable in a scene and therefore more free, I want them to be able to choose condoms without there being negative repercussions, vis-à-vis future employment by that company,” Hartley told XBIZ. “If a performer feels more comfortable not using condoms in a particular movie or with a particular partner, then the performer should not be required to use them because of company policy.”
Makes sense, right? The men and women in porn are using their bodies and they should be able to choose what happens with their bodies. Right?
But most of the porn industry continues to resist making condoms mandatory or even fully optional because they’re sure that porn fans don’t want to see condoms in porn movies.
Legendary pornographer Larry Flynt said, “The reason why we don’t demand they use condoms is because there’s no market for videos with condoms. For some reason they do not sell when condoms are used. It’s like masturbating with gloves on.”
I’ve heard this argument over and over again and I’ve always accepted it at face value. After all, they make, market, and distribute porn movies and they would know what sells. But that’s just not good enough anymore.
If we’re to believe that seeing condoms in porn is a problem for viewers, we need tangible evidence.
I see a lot of porn because I work for Sex.com and I have to admit that I don’t pay any attention to the dicks. No offense to the male pornstars of the world, but all the dicks in porn look the same: pretty big and veiny. That’s why I hardly even notice them anymore.
The dicks could have a condom on and I wouldn’t even notice. Therefore condoms in porn don’t affect my enjoyment of it.
That’s how I feel anyways.
But I need to know how valid the “people don’t like seeing condoms in porn”. So tell me…How do you feel about condoms in porn?
Thank you so much for voting! It’s a great help not only for this blog but also the industry as a whole.
Last November, the people of Los Angeles county voted to make condoms mandatory in all porn scenes filmed in their jurisdiction.
Almost the entire porn industry was against the mandate because condoms can be impractical while filming porn scenes and also production companies would be forced to pay lots of money and jump through hoops to get the necessary film permits.
As usual, the public wasn’t sympathetic to the plight of their local pornographers. They thought, “Well, porn studios would have to pay more…but to enforce this law, the county will have to make condom inspector jobs and we’ll be promoting safe sex at the same time…What could possibly go wrong?”
Let me tell you, a lot could go wrong… Read more…
Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates has finally come to the realization that we here at the Sex.com Blog figured out a long time ago…
Macs are way cooler
Condoms need a makeover. He believes that a new type of condom will increase health benefits world wide. And Bill Gates is willing to put his money where his mouth is. Bill Gates is prepared to give away a $100,000 grant to whoever can create the next generation condom.
Austin, Texas is one of Sex.com’s favorite cities because South by Southwest just keeps getting better and better.
This year’s SXSW is going to be the best one yet, not only because the Arbutus Records show case is going to be very good but BangWithFriends (the people behind the Facebook Friend sex app) has introduced a new app specifically for hooking up at SXSW. It’s called Bang With SXSW and it’s going to make this year’s festival even more of a crazy, drunken sex romp.
Earlier this week, we found out that the average woman spends approximately $2,663.02 on her vagina every year. Learning how much vaginas cost made us wonder, how much do men spend on penis maintenance annually?
Our initial guess was anywhere from $0 to $300. But that was just a guess. Now, we’re happy to announce that we’ve figured out how much you might be spending on your penis. And it’s shocking…
Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and until now everybody knew that sex without a condom was better.
According to a new study from Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion, condoms making sex unpleasurable is a myth. The origins of the myth are unknown but it’s probably been perpetuated by teenage boys who then grow up to be misinformed men with illegitimate children and venereal diseases.
Sex researcher, Debby Herbenick, found that only 28% of men and 22% of women used condoms. But here’s where it gets interesting. Reports of sexual arousal, ease of erection, overall pleasure, and orgasm were almost identical to the people who don’t wear condoms! We’ve been tricked by an anti-condom conspiracy!
Last week, the entire adult industry made its annual trip to Las Vegas to hand out some awards and put the wheels in motion for new business deals. Why I was “banned” from the “event” is beyond me. If my friend’s future brother-in-law Alan didn’t roofie us by accident, we would have found my friend Doug on the roof of the hotel a lot sooner…but that’s a story for another time.
This year’s trip to Las Vegas had a different connotation. Since Measure B passed in November, people have questioned whether or not the core of the industry will move from Southern California to Las Vegas. After all, the industry’s biggest conventions and award ceremonies are held in Las Vegas. It would be like moving out of your regular house to live at your beach house.
Industry heads are currently trying to appeal Measure B. If a move were to happen, it wouldn’t happen until the appeal was rejected. That didn’t stop the Las Vegas Sun from weighing the pros and cons of moving the multi-million dollar industry to Las Vegas.
As you may have heard, there was an election last night and it was pretty exciting. Here are a few things that you need to know:
- Barack Obama will be the President of the United States for another four years.
- Marijuana is legal in the state of Colorado.
- Measure B passed in Los Angeles County
The first two bits of news might make you real happy or real sad, either way it doesn’t matter because Measure B passing effects us all in the worst possible way. Measure B requires porn actors to wear condoms on movie sets!
Measure B is a proposed mandate that would force all adult performers to wear condoms in their films. Despite the syphilis scare that happened this summer, the adult industry is very serious about blood tests for performers. Why should city health officials be sent to sets throughout Los Angeles to make sure performers are wearing condoms? Is it not the responsibility of the industry and the performers to ensure their health and safety?
Give the kids and seniors their goddamn flu shots and stay off the set.
Mind you, it’s never a bad idea to wear a condom when you’re having sex in your personal life. Sex in your personal life doesn’t require monthly blood-tests so it’s best to be safe.
Condoms were exclusively used by sailors for the longest time because they would roam from port to port bedding strange, exotic women and men. And then the 80′s happened. Condom use extended to general public. Now whether it’s a one night stand or another night with your wife, condoms should be standard procedure by today’s standards.
Though no one will contest that condoms can be frustrating because sex doesn’t feel quite as good or struggling with the wrapper can be a race against time, Brazzers has just released a PSA starring James Deen that reminds us all that the piece of mind makes condoms totally worthwhile.
Seeing James Deen flatline in a hospital bed with sores all over his body will make you rethink every time you chose to forgo wearing a condom. The other side of the story where he gets married and lives happily ever after thanks to wearing a condom that first night does not work as well. A healthy relationship is a lot more work than rolling latex down the shaft of a penis. Good thing the fear conveyed in the other story is so effective.
Get Rubber! is Brazzers’ first campaign of community outreach. The rationale for releasing this PSA, Brazzers explains, “As members of the adult industry, we take part in creating a fantasy for our viewers. Along with being leaders in what we do, comes the task of being responsible with our audience.”
Because condoms are expected, they can often be overlooked. Let this be a reminder that STIs are a real threat, so if you’re going to have sex be smart and wear a condom. It’s not just for sailors.
Can you believe that the 2012 Summer Olympiad are only two days away? I can almost hear the angry sighs of the whole world as we all gather in front of our TVs to be bored by some track and field event. What can be done to make the games more interesting? They can start by embracing the debauchery of the Olympics. It’s a shame that we couldn’t get to this sooner because the London Games are the thirtieth Olympiad making their official name the Games of the XXX Olympiad*.
It can’t be a surprise that when you get hundreds of beautiful people in peek physical condition living in close quarters that things will turn crazy (see Federica Pellegrini as an example of hotness to the left of this text)? They’ve been training sometimes their whole lives for a 30 second event. They’re going to party afterwards but to what extent is still sort of hidden from the general public. Read more…