Topic: Condoms

10 Reasons I Stopped Birth Control Pills

10 Reasons I Stopped Birth Control Pills

I believe that birth control should be cheap and plentiful for all who want access to it. I also believe hormonal birth control pills are the devil.

The pill has been lauded as a turning point of feminist freedom since the 60s. Half a century later, women still pop hormone supplements like candy — despite health risks, expenses, and psychological ramifications. I spent nearly a decade on Ortho-Tri-Cyclen, Yasmin, Loestrin, and Seasonale untilI finally walked away from the prescription pad once and for all. Quitting the pill was one of the best choices I could have made, and here are 10 reasons why you should kick the BC habit, too. More »

Is Sex Really Better Without A Condom?

Is Sex Really Better Without A Condom?

Condoms have long been considered a “necessary evil” in the sex and dating world. While I feel the term “necessary evil” is silly with regard to condoms because they’re not remotely evil (unlike Spanx, which are similarly tight but serve a much less important purpose yet have garnered the same title). People often assume that condoms ruin sex or, at the very least, make it less fantastic. But is this actually the case? More »

We Interviewed Adult Film Performer Zak Sabbath About LA’s New ‘Condoms In Porn’ Law, Measure B

We Interviewed Adult Film Performer Zak Sabbath About LA's New 'Condoms In Porn' Law, Measure B

When a voter referendum mandating the use of condoms in porn passed earlier this month in LA, pretty much everyone who makes a living in pornographic movies was upset about what it was going to mean for their industry. Civilians, meanwhile, were kind of ambivalent; I know I’ve talked to several people who are wary of restricting creative freedom, but think that if it prevents even one person from contracting H.I.V. at work, then it’s worth it. In an effort to get to the bottom of what this law really means and why performers are so fervently opposed, I emailed my friend Zak Smith, an LA-based artist who moonlights in porn under the amusing moniker Zak Sabbath. Here’s what he had to say. More »

True Story: The Time A Condom Got Lost Behind My Uterus

True Story: The Time A Condom Got Lost Behind My Uterus

Let me first start by saying that I know you are skeptical. I would be skeptical, too, if this were not an actual true story of a thing that happened to me which I later asked an OB/GYN about and had medically confirmed. So if you can kindly suspend disbelief, I will tell you a true story about the time a condom got lost in my own body. Behind my uterus, to be exact. More »