I’m sure every one of us, particularly us girls have walked into our local Duane Reade and been eyeballed by a disapproving older person for browsing in the condom section. I personally subscribe to a no-shame, grab-and-go philosophy of condom purchase, but I have friends who can’t buy condoms without also grabbing a kit kat, or a bag of gummy worms, or even nail polish, if they’re feeling rich. As if putting another item on the counter somehow dilutes the horrifying impact that an attractive young woman buying condoms would have on the fragile sales clerk.
I’m of the firm belief that no one should feel ashamed of buying condoms, of course. But it certainly doesn’t help that they come in these tacky packages in weird pastel or neon colours, adorned either with heteronormative outlines of a man and woman, or some weird masculine 70s pattern. Ew.
Sir Richard’s Condoms has the remedy! Run out of London run by a team of eclectic and we’re sure, sexy individuals, Sir Richard’s have preempted our need for hip plaid gender-neutral UK packaging for our rubber love. They see that choosing to be safe should be sexy, and totally non-discriminatory. Most impressively the company firmly believes that safe sex is a basic human right, and pledges that for every condom purchased, another will be donated to non-profits in the developing world, helping promote safe, consensual sex for individuals in countries where demand is high, and increases every day. We love their blog, too.
We’re proud that Sir Richard’s will be joining us as sponsors for Hot Safe Spring Break, providing these smart, ethical products for similarly smart, discerning individuals willing to think about the world we live in, engage in dialogue about how we can make things better, and DIY grassroots change, even when it comes to established culture. Attitudes and the way they shift count –a principle we certainly believe in, and one that Sir Richard’s certainly demonstrates.
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