An Argentinian sex toy company has designed a new condom that it says proves consent because it needs four hands – in other words, two people – to open it.
The brand, Tulipán, designed the packaging of the condom with a series of pressure points around the fours edges. Pressing all of the buttons simultaneously releases the lid of the box.
The brand say 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. It’s even branded the item with the phrase: ‘if it’s not a yes, it’s a no’.
But it totally misses the point.
Firstly, it’s unclear whether the whole thing is an awareness-raising campaign or a clever stunt – riding on a wave of post #MeToo interest in the conversation around consent. Does Tulipán actually intend to make money from this?
And after watching the demonstration video a couple of times, it looks like a person can singlehandedly open the condom box anyway – as it’s not big enough to stop you using your thumb and forefinger on each corner.
Not to mention if you were in a rush you could just rip into the cardboard – it’s not made of reinforced steel or anything.
But beyond these logistical problems, it also ignores all the nuances of consent – the fact that consent can be withdrawn at any time (yes, even after she has helped you open the box). It’s like the problem of consent videos – an open condom box is not evidence that someone wasn’t raped.
Demonstration video on link: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/argentina-is-selling-a-consent-condom-and-it-misses-the-mark_uk_5ca71316e4b0dca032ff81e3?utm_hp_ref=uk-women
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Instead of inventing a special complicated design maybe a far simpler idea is to make sure it's the lady who purchases it. A sure way of signalling consent!
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Or, do like they did at progressive Oberlin College. Put the consent in writing.
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