The first rules when you’re having casual sex is to have protection and give consent at all times. Those two go hand in hand—women aren’t obligated to have sex when their partner refuses to use a condom, and men shouldn’t secretly remove their condoms during the act (that’s called stealthing, FYI).
To hopefully remedy this problem, Argentinian sex toy company, Tulipán, made a “consent condom.” The packaging has pressure points on all corners where two people have to press them to open. “The brand says the unique design ensures both parties are equally involved in the decision to have sex because you can’t get to the contents without two sets of hands,” Huffington Post reported.
— Tulipán Argentina (@TulipanARG) March 27, 2019
However, we’re not completely sold on the idea. The brand seemed to forget that consent can be withdrawn. Just because someone agrees to open the condom box, it doesn’t make sexual violence less prevalent. Again, stealthing exists.
It’s also bothersome how Tulipán seems to be riding on the #MeToo movement to sell this. It’s a gimmicky product that fails to both raise awareness and protect women. It’s the same with the Safe Shorts, which are anti-rape panties that allegedly can’t be ripped.
If brands want to put consent in the forefront, they should teach people not to rape. Women shouldn’t have to spend money for products like a consent condom or Safe Shorts to emphasize the importance of it in the first place.[Huffington Post]
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