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Opening Arguments

Screwing with the odds

Kinda scary if so many people are really this dumb:

A new review of condom research reveals some surprising findings: many people use them incorrectly.

"We chronically underestimate how complicated condom use can be," University of Kentucky professor Richard Crosby, who co-authored the study, said in a statement. "It involves the use of a condom, while negotiating the condom use and sex with a partner all at the same time."

According to the study published last week in the journal Sexual Health, some of the most frequent mistakes include putting a condom on partway through intercourse, using oil-based lubricants which degrade latex condoms, failing to leave space at the tip of the condom for semen, and failing to look for damage before use.

To reach their findings, researchers from the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University and other institutions pulled together 50 studies from 14 countries, though western nations predominated.

Yeah, boy, negotiating condom use and sex with a partner at the same time. And iIf we're trying to chew gun, too, we're really in trouble! Thank goodness we have Kinsey to keep us on the sexual cutting edge here in Indiana so we don't have to send our children out to watch barnyard animals.


Tim Zank
Tue, 02/28/2012 - 12:30pm

It's not that people are really that dumb, it's that the study needs more funding.

Harl Delos
Tue, 02/28/2012 - 1:52pm

And yet every time a school teacher tries to have students put a condom on a cucumber, certain people whine about that.

But it's really necessary.  Some of us didn't have parents who used rubbers.  My parents didn't set us down and insist we watch.  And some of us are obviously here because their parents didn't know how to use rubbers.

I grew up thinking those machines were just for Catholics....


Thu, 03/01/2012 - 11:17pm

They don't make my size, so I don't know. Tim will make a "they're too big 'joke' " in 5.. 4.. 3..