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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:38 am 
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Condoms: not just for sex in Cuba
By Nick Miroff
May 27, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba — On this island of constant shortages and scarcities, the latex condom has uses that stretch far beyond the bedroom.

At baseball games, concerts and other entertainment events, Cubans blow them up and bat them around the crowd like beach balls. When Cuban parents can"t afford birthday party balloons or can"t find them, they unfurl a few "Vigor" brand prophylactics and start puffing. The latex is so strong and supple that kids can even draw faces on them.

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The latex prophylactics can work just like a wineskin. (Nick Miroff/GlobalPost)

Likewise, a casual visitor to the city should not be alarmed at the sight of ruptured sheaths littering Havana"s streets in the summertime. They"re more likely to be the leftovers of a water balloon fight among neighborhood kids than a responsible encounter between adults.

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Condom wrappers. (Nick Miroff/GlobalPost)

The Cuban government sells the Chinese-made rubbers three-for-a-penny at pharmacies and snack bars, cheap enough for anyone to afford. The island has shortages of just about everything else though, thanks to five decades of U.S. trade sanctions and a ruinous state-run economy. It should come as no surprise, then, that enterprising Cubans have found all sorts of recreational and industrial applications for their condoms that have nothing to do with birth control.

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Love Guard is a common Chinese-made brand sold in Cuba. (Nick Miroff/GlobalPost)

There are some whose livelihoods depend on the lubricated durability of the versatile little devices.

"It"s amazing how strong they are," said Michel Perez, a young fisherman along Havana"s Malecon sea wall who had fashioned six inflated condoms into a large hexahedral shape that he held in the breeze over the water, like a kite. A strand of fishing line with a baited hook was tied to the core of this contraceptive bouquet, and as soon as it hit the surface, the current began pulling the white, rubbery apparatus out to sea.

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Cuban fisherman use condoms as floats. (Nick Miroff/GlobalPost)

"We use them a lot this time of year, during the snapper run," Perez explained, letting out his line from a homemade wooden spool. With a good breeze, the floating condoms can carry the hook hundreds of meters out into deeper waters, far beyond casting distance, he said. Not that Perez has a fishing rod anyway. "When the fish takes the hook, the line pulls free," he explained, "and you start reeling in."

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Fishing with condoms is easier at dusk — during the day the sun can burst the latex. (Nick Miroff/GlobalPost)

Cuba"s communist government is so paranoid about illegal departures to the United States that it strictly controls who can own or use boats, and Cubans who fashion crude watercraft out of scrap wood and Styrofoam face steep fines, or worse.

And so, living on an island but unable to have a boat, the fishermen use the cheap condoms to get them closer to the prized fish they wouldn"t be able to reach otherwise. A good-sized red snapper may weigh six to 10 pounds and sell for $10 to $20 on Havana"s black market. In a country where the average wage is less than $20 a month, it"s no wonder contraceptive sales surge during peak fishing periods.

Cuba"s government-run stores and pharmacies don"t ration the condoms or limit their purchase, but fishermen say they try not to overdo it. It"s OK to buy 10 or 15 at a time, they say, but not 100.

The island has the lowest HIV rate in the hemisphere, according to the World Health Organization, and one reason is the ubiquitous availability of inexpensive prophylactics.

Cuba"s public health programs promote safe sex and condom usage in public service announcements, and their heavily subsidized price indicates the government is committed to making sure condoms are available, even if their end use may not be epidemiological. Some, for example, are emptied in the bathrooms of Cuba"s most popular state-run bars and nightclubs. Budget-minded Cuban men have learned to fill them with rum, like wineskins, and sneak them past the bouncers in their underwear.

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Latex condoms can stretch to hold an entire bottle of rum. (Nick Miroff/GlobalPost)

"If you only have $7 and the club has a $5 entry fee, you don"t have any money left over for drinks," said Felo, a 24-year-old Havana resident. "So you pay the $5, and once you"re inside, you buy a can of cola for $1. You drink half, then go to the bathroom, open the condom, and pour the rum into the can. It works great," he said. "As long as the condom doesn"t break."

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Overfilling increases the chance that the condom could break. (Nick Miroff/GlobalPost)

Other uses are still more obscure. Cuba"s pigeon coop hobbyists like to clip the condoms into flexible rings they can use to tie messages to the legs of their messenger birds. Makers of homemade Cuban moonshine — another lucrative black-market business here — use them as gauges on their distillery jugs. They know the fermentation process is complete once the condom swells to a certain size. Other Havana residents said they"re useful for keeping their money dry when they go swimming at the beach.

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A packet of three condoms costs the equivalent of one penny U.S. (Nick Miroff/GlobalPost)

"Do you know what the first condoms were made of?" Jose Luis Diaz quizzed his fishing buddies on a recent evening, near a trash-strewn river mouth in western Havana. In the fading light, their floats looked like glowing little zeppelins, coasting along the surface of the darkening waters. "Pig intestines," Diaz said. He"d heard it on TV. His friends winced.

Javier, a big, burly fisherman in flip-flops, opened a few fresh packets of Love Guard-brand condoms and baited a new line. "It"s a matter of necessity," he said flatly, admitting he"d rather use condoms out here than in the bedroom. "We"re Cuban, so we have to come up with things that nobody"s ever thought of."

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The floating condoms can carry a baited line hundreds of meters offshore. (Nick Miroff/GlobalPost)

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:46 pm 
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A souvenir box of condoms for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is pictured in London. A company has made souvenir condoms that urge lovers to "lie back and think of England". Crown Jewels Condoms of Distinction is producing special celebration packs that bear the slogan: "Like a royal wedding, intercourse with a loved one is an unforgettable occasion".
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 4:14 am 
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Kiss star gets his tongue on rubber
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NEW YORK (UPI) -- The lascivious tongue of Kiss's Gene Simmons will adorn the first Food and Drug Administration-approved "picture condoms," the manufacturer said Wednesday.

Graphic Armor Inc. said Condomania's Kiss Kondoms, which have long carried images of the rock band on their boxes and wrappers, will now have Simmons' "iconic fully extended tongue" running down the length of the condom itself.

"With Gene's tongue leading the way once again, I am confident we are about to see an explosion of marketing messages and logos displayed on millions of condoms in action," said Adam Glickman, Condomania's chief executive.

The Simmons condoms go on sale in April. "Studded Paul," featuring an image of bandmate Paul Stanley, is to follow by June.

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Condom campaign lists ways of 'wanting it'
2 April 2012

Germans are being urged to use condoms with a new campaign which features people saying how they want sex – romantic, tender, exciting and even “at last.”

The slogans are part of a new mach’s mit or “do it with” campaign, which will be seen on billboards across the country from this month. The slogan is "Do it, but do it with."

The message is that condoms not only protect against HIV, but also other sexually-transmitted diseases that have been on the increase over the past few years. The previous campaign, featuring different coloured condoms used for various devices with puns and jokes, will be replaced by new posters featuring five self-confident people saying how they want it.

An older woman looks challengingly into the camera with the slogan, “I want it exciting,” while a butch, tattooed man says he wants it tender, and a younger man’s slogan is “I want it at last.”

The text explicitly warns of sexually transmitted diseases other than HIV, saying that “with knowledge and a condom you can protect yourself from HIV and reduce the risk of infection from other sexually transmitted infections.”

Source: The Local Germany.

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Claim: World's First Vegan Condom
by Jon David Kahn
14 November 2013



With the help of a 22 second Ad promo that is garnering quite a bit of attention for its message, an Australian company, Glyde, claims to have created the world's only certified ethical, vegan and Fair Trade condom.

Furthermore, the manufacturers say it has never been tested on animals.

In the Ad "Animals," romantic lighting and sultry music provide the vibe for a scantily clad beauty who seductively delivers the following message: "There are a million ways to pleasure a woman. You can use your hands. Your mouth. Even toys."But you wouldn't f**k me with something that's been inside a horse, would you?"

According to their website, Maxi * Extra Large Vegan Condoms are priced at 15.99. I didn't look at other products.

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Condoms featuring Luther quotes banned by German Protestants
17 March 2017

Dusseldorf (dpa) - Germany's Protestant Church has ordered the suspension of a local initiative to distribute condoms featuring quotes from Protestant reformer Martin Luther.

In a statement released Friday, the Protestant Church in Germany's Rhine region said that the initiative - meant to spread Luther's teachings 500 years after the Reformation - was "fundamentally inappropriate." A church in Dusseldorf had been distributing condoms featuring Luther quotes, including "Here I stand, I can do no other," and other slogans such as "For whores and saints," to young people in an effort to create awareness of Luther's teachings.

"It would be best if the condoms are destroyed on site so that no more enter circulation," Klaus Eberl, head of the consistory, said in the statement. This year marks the 500th anniversary of the year that Martin Luther launched his efforts to reform the Catholic Church. The publication of his 95 Theses is considered a seminal event in the creation of the Protestant Church.

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India bans condom advertisements from prime time television
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NEW DELHI (AFP) - India has slapped a nationwide ban on television ads for condoms during prime time hours, citing rules prohibiting "vulgar" content and concerns over children viewing salacious material.

The information and broadcasting ministry ordered India's estimated 900 television channels to restrict condom commercials to between 10pm and 6am, threatening repercussions if the ads fall outside graveyard hours. "All TV channels are hereby advised not to telecast the advertisements of condoms which are (a) for particular age group and could be indecent for viewing by children," the order said Monday. It also cited broadcasting regulations prohibiting "indecent, vulgar, suggestive, repulsive or offensive themes".

India's public and private television channels beam into nearly 183 million households across the country, data from the Broadcast Audience Research Council industry group shows. Advocates for birth control warned the blackout risked undoing decades of progress on sexual and reproductive health. The Population Foundation of India, a Delhi-based nonprofit, said condoms were one of the few methods available for family planning and encouraged men to also take responsibility for birth control. "What we need is a more sensitive approach without compromising on information and advocating for sexual and reproductive choice," the charity's executive director Poonam Muttreja said in a statement.

Sex remains a taboo subject in India, a broadly conservative and traditional country, and condom ads have stirred up controversy in the past. In September, India's largest trading body successfully lobbied for condom billboards featuring a former porn star to be pulled down in Gujarat state, citing religious sensitivities. In lodging its protest, the trade body accused the condom manufacturer of putting "India's cultural value at stake" by promoting contraceptives on the eve of a Hindu festival.

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