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24 October 2007 @ 01:43 pm
I have just returned from a dark and dangerous expedition. I have, for the first time in over five years, bought condoms. I didn't really set out with such a mission in mind, but I was in Boots buying first aid type stuff for my travels, walked past the family planning section and stopped and thought, hang on, I suppose I might get lucky...

Stop laughing, it's not totally inconceivable!

So anyway, I discovered that it's impossible to buy normal condoms these days. By which I mean, condoms that aren't ribbed, lubed, flavoured, flimsy or industrially reinforced. There are no bog standard vanilla condoms on the market. All I want is something that's going to allow me to get some action without getting gonorrhea - is that too much to ask? Apparently so. A brief summary of what's available:

  • Ribbed "Enhanced for her pleasure". The last (and only) time I used one of these, it was like having sex with a cheese grater.

  • Flavoured Nothing wrong with it per se, but they look ridiculous. The last time I used flavoured condoms, I couldn't stop laughing because my partner's bright red strawberry-flavoured penis reminded me of Satan in the South Park movie. Highly amusing, but not really conducive to great sex.

  • Performance enhancing Really, really scary, these ones. Like normal condoms, but with this stuff on the inside that actually numbs the penis and delays ejaculation. Yikes! I suppose it might help chronic premature ejaculators, but frankly, I'd rather anyone I slept with enjoyed it as much as I did.

  • Heavy duty Reinforced for really rough anal sex. Since I'm NOT going to be taking it up the arse, this extra reinforcement is unnecessary and likely to detract from my partner's pleasure.

  • Featherweight I'm a bit suspicious of these. The idea is, they're as thin as possible for the most natural feel. But surely they break more easily?

    I went for the featherweight ones in the end (12 pack, baby! I'm feeling optimistic), reasoning that they can't be that flimsy or they wouldn't meet safety standards, and since I have a contraceptive implant, a split condom isn't the end of the world.

    What's interesting is that when the cashier ran the condoms through the till, they just came up as "Chemist goods". How twee and unnecessary. But then, I suppose that might make it easier for teenagers to buy them and not have to worry about their parents seeing the receipt. Likewise people having affairs not wanting their partners to find out about the 24-pack of extra-large, extra-reinforced, deviant S&M ones they'd just bought.

    The condoms I have just bought expire in July 2011. Surely I will get laid before then. SURELY.
    Michelleillusive_shelle on October 26th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
    This didn't occur to me to comment at the time. However, as I was in a country where oral sex is included under "unnatural acts of a sexual nature", perhaps it's a good thing that I didn't speak up!