OPINION

Condoms - For Men Only?

March 19, 2008
Sakshi Juneja

If you are above the age of 18, a male and seeking a job that combines work with pleasure, here is an unusual opening that promises a combination of both. The post of a condom tester is up for grabs as Durex, one of the world's largest condom manufacturer has announced plans to recruit Indian males above the age of 18 to test their products. [Link]

Interesting. Encouraging. But sexist, no doubt about it.

My annoyance with the above (so-called) new age initiative is due to the fact that the woman has been excluded so easily from Durex's consumer involvement programme.

This, to me, is nothing but just another example of how our society perceives a woman's worth, especially in the matters related to S-E-X.  The notion that it is the man who is in-charge of the sexual practice, whereas the woman is merely the means to reach an orgasm – is a load of shit but then again something crapped by many of us.

Agreed, they are manufacturing male condoms therefore their primary target is the man. And this holds even more weight when it comes to Gay couples. However it wouldn't be wrong to assume that condoms are mostly put to use by Heterosexual couples.

Heterosexual couples. Meaning Man and Woman.

durex_condom_ad Agreed, it is the man who wears it but then again it is the woman who takes that rubber film within her. And so by all means, she has an equal right to choose and evaluate the kind of rubber film she wants entering her (extremely) personal space. I mean come on, so many outside objects coming your way, one definitely deserves some privileges.

Therefore ideally speaking – Durex's highly enterprising offer should have been open for both the sexes.

But let's take reality into account. I'm referring to the stuck up mentality of the society we live in. I, for one, can totally understand the hesitation on the manufacturer's side; in a country where a woman gets snubbed for even saying the word "sex" out loud, it's literally a death wish for a company to promote ideas that encourage women in sexual matters.

And unfortunately for the time being, playing into such societal prejudices seems to be the only way to move forward. Hopefully tomorrow will bring forth an unbiased perspective.

Saakshi O. Juneja is an active blogger, feminist and overboard dog lover. Currently working as a Business Development Manager for a sportswear manufacturing company in Mumbai, India. Did graduation in Marketing & Advertising from Sydney, Australia. As far as blogging is concerned...is a complete Blog-a-holic.
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#1
Deepti Lamba
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March 19, 2008
12:30 PM

Have you noticed even in the IPill ad they show married couples always. They don't want to be lynched, right?;)

They should do research on Female condoms- seem to be far more inconvenient than the male condoms

#2
perihelionflux
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March 19, 2008
11:53 PM

would you be equally aghast if some company just scouted for women to try their new IUD or pills or 'whatever ' contraceptive used by females?since it is men whose precious, golden semen would be pulverized by such devices?

and maybe we should thank gay men for turning the pardigm of 'man-inserts-foreign-objects-into- women's-extremely-private-space' on its head by inserting their foreign objects into men's not-meant-to-be-inserted-into private space? we have to be thankful for whatever little change we can get into our edict-comandeered societies, even if it comes from gay men..

#3
kerty
March 20, 2008
01:07 AM

Lots of men do not like rubber because it makes sex feel so artificial, unnatural to them. Rubbers during Nirodh era came with sizes that could not fit all individuals with their unique sizes and contours - so it turned off lots of men from using condoms. So it makes sense to direct the awareness and education for rubber use to be aimed at men. Women have traditionally borne the consequences of unprotected sex and lack of contraception. So this is positive development that rubber awareness is directed at men and women should welcome it.

#4
Vardhan
March 21, 2008
01:21 AM

[EDITED - IP BANNED]

#5
Vardhan
March 21, 2008
02:33 AM

I just said that Renuka Chowdhury has introduced condoms for women? why should the IP be banned?

#6
Aaman
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March 21, 2008
02:43 AM

You are spewing irrelevant stuff on multiple threads - cease and desist

#7
Vardhan
March 21, 2008
02:46 AM

with due respect, I am commenting on topics with a header line.

The heder line spoke about "Men condoms". I have spoken about "women condoms". If this is a debate, please bring two sides to the coin. I am saying with due respect.

I don't spew. I am telling the truth.

#8
Ms. Anona
March 21, 2008
04:35 AM

Welcome to the electronic equivalent of Communist China, where the qualifications to become a DC writer are kept secret and confidential. You are constantly monitored and may be edited or banned at any time. Maybe you should send in some greenbacks, that'll do it!

#9
All-night-long
March 21, 2008
06:09 AM

Durex says.."What one gets in return besides the products is a gift hamper and other incentives. One lucky Condom Tester will bag the employee bonus of an all expenses paid holiday for two at a romantic getaway. Other bonus prizes include iPODs and gift vouchers. Company officials add that all Condom Testers would be provided with a certificate that endorses their participation in the programme and gives them the status of a good lover!"

I agree COMPLETELY with you Sakshi...lets test it TOGETHER...lets be very thorough....we'll measure the co-efficient of thermal expansion,viscosity,density to penetration ratio,fatigue under multiple orgasms,the inverse of the lubrication value divided by the passion/emotion parameter multiplied by the penis/envy ratio....C'mon Sakshi..don't hesitate..You've stiffened my resolve already;)

#10
Ms. Anona
March 21, 2008
11:20 AM

Yeh, whisper some applied physics in my ear, baby!

#11
Ravi Kulkarni
March 21, 2008
07:05 PM

I am just wondering how do they test them, without the second party involvement? Sakshi, your concern may be misplaced after all, they must have invited an equal number of eligible women as well, just a little more discretely.

#12
Amrita
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March 22, 2008
12:52 AM

Ravi - I think testers are being given the big bucks or latex or what have you to bring their own partner. :)

#13
reader
March 22, 2008
02:42 AM

Amirta,

Well said....hehehee :)

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