Monday, February 14, 2005

Condoms

Since today is Valentines Day, this seems like an appropriate topic. It is a bit delicate as topics go, but let's tackle it anyway.

If you are a male who wants to control his fertility in the early years of the 21st century, you have only two choices. You can either:
  • Go get a vasectomy, or
  • Use a condom.
The former is ridiculous -- sort of like cutting off your legs because you don't feel like walking today. And the latter is unbelievably sad.

The condom is a technology that has been around for several millennia, and it is largely unchanged since its invention. The condom has three gigantic, glaring problems:
  1. When a male uses a condom, it deadens the sexual experience.
  2. When a male uses a condom, it deadens the sexual experience.
  3. When a male uses a condom, it deadens the sexual experience.
Oh yeah, and did I mention that it deadens the sexual experience? So that is four problems. Plus, you have to stop and put on the condom right in the middle of the sexual experience... What a great design idea for this technology!

All of these problems mean that males are highly unlikely to use condoms. And when males do not use condoms, condoms usually do not work. Plus, even if a male does use a condom, they have a tendency to fail on a not irregular basis by bursting or leaking. And then there is the problem that women generally do not enjoy the feel of condoms either.

All in all, you can see that condoms are one of the saddest technologies in use today!

The conversations with the grandkids around this topic ought to be a laugh-riot. We'll skip the dialog this time, but you can imagine the grandkids screaming, "You did WHAT????" toward the end of the explanation and then needing to have hernia surgery after they finish laughing.

What we would hope is that, by 2050, males and females both have conscious control over their fertility. That is, in any sexual encounter, both the male and female make a conscious decision to be fertile or not. And we would assume that this conscious control is achieved in a way that invisible, effective, safe and undetectable by both parties. This would mean that both parties would have to have consciously decided to be fertile for a pregnancy to be possible.

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10 Comments:

At 12:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice history:

History of the Condom

 
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At 2:59 PM, Blogger pat said...

Re: The History of the Condom... latex is sad, yes, but the kabutogata was tragic!:)

 
At 10:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sad sad sad sad technology. Could there be a device any less suited for its intended purpose?

 
At 3:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the main problem is not dampened experience, but the cultural conception that sex should be "out of control", which makes any highly deliberate "in control" act like putting on a condum "unromantic".

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger Cisco Bell said...

I think disease is the larger concern. With birth control pills for women, and soon for men, conception won't be a big problem. But we'll need to find new vaccines if we want to toss the condoms away.

 
At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cisco, people in monogamous relationships do not have to worry about disease

 
At 10:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous, are you kidding? Studies show that between 40 and 60 percent of married adults cheat. Your solution is a good one but far less than bulletproof.

 
At 5:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

>What we would hope is that, by >2050, males and females both have >conscious control over their >fertility.

That's nice.
Now, how about dealing with the real reasons for using condoms, namely HIV?

Medical nanobots advanced enough to cleanse viruses from system?
Not going to happend in fifty years. Check back in 2085.

 
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