Safer Sex
Wise Guys
Wise Guys: What Are the Best Condoms for Men?

Advice from three of our guy friends. This week they answer the following: “What are the best condoms for guys? And please don’t say the imaginary kind. We want brand names…” Gay Single Guy (Daniel): Don’t be surprised that the best condoms are made by the Japanese. The two best are Crown Skinless Skin Condoms […]

Sexual Health
Sex at the Winter Olympics

Vancouver is continuing the tradition, started in 1992 at the Barcelona Olympics, of making free condoms available to athletes. They’re matching the amount of 100,000 that the Chinese provided at the last Summer Games. But since there are fewer athletes in the Winter Games than in the Summer, it works out to more condoms per […]

Research
How Consumer Reports Tests Condoms

photo by trec_lit Consumer Reports recently tested a whopping 15,000 condoms (bought by one dude!) representing 20 models. (Check out the video here to see how they do it — try to ignore the cheesy wink-wink-nudge-nudge commentary.) To get the specific models and their exact ratings you have to be a subscriber. Damn you, Consumer […]

Polls
Poll: When Do You Ask About STDs?

Hooking up with someone the first time, do you ask about their sexual health history (e.g. if they’ve ever had an STD, when they last got tested and for what)?(answers) Can’t see the poll? Click here to take it.

Wise Guys
Wise Guys: Is Sex With a Condom Really All That Bad?

Advice from three of our guy friends. This week they answer the following: Okay, so how different is intercourse with a condom? What does it feel like? Do different kinds of condoms make a difference? Straight Married Guy (Fred): It’s different.  It’s not as good.  Think pancakes without the syrup.  Scratching an itch with the […]

Personal Essays
Confession: I’m Gonna Keep My (Hypothetical) Baby

Our contributor Abby Spector, who is double-majoring in English and Feminine/Gender/Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University, has a confession to make: “If you got pregnant, you’d have an abortion — right?” Max asked during our customary post-coital cuddle a few months back. My mind began to spin. For the seventeen years I had been a virgin, […]

Research
Preventing Risky Teen Sex: Father Knows Best

Poster via DemotivateUs.com A friend of ours — one of the Wise Guys, as it happens — is fond of telling new dads, “Your most important job is to keep your daughter off the stripper pole.” Well, a new study kind of proves his point, if you’re willing to accept “stripper pole” as a sort […]

Pop Culture
Safer Sex Haiku Contest Winners!

Our two winners will receive this Tantalising [sic] Lip Butter and that’s not all! The Body Shop and MTV’s awesomely named Staying Alive Foundation recently launched an STD awareness campaign called “Yes to Safe Sex” (we would have called it “Yes to Safer Sex,” but we’re sticklers like that). Since we’re suckers for anything safety-related […]

Pop Culture
Safer Sex Haiku Contest

You could win this Tantalising [sic] Lip Butter that can help save the world! The Body Shop and MTV’s awesomely named Staying Alive Foundation have recently launched an STD awareness campaign called “Yes to Safe Sex” (we would have called it “Yes to Safer Sex,” but we’re sticklers like that). During the campaign the Body […]

Vids
Durex Does It Like Bunnies

Here’s a cute way to kick off your weekend — and by “cute” we mean raunchy, debauched and pansexual. You’ll never think of balloon animals the same way again. (Be sure to check out Outtakes 1, 2 and 3.)