I haven’t used either. Food and sex doesn’t really do it for me, and a neon condom would reduce me to popping a pill and playing Darth Viagra in Star Whores for the remainder of the evening rather than getting down and dirty.
It had to be really dark for us to see the glow-in-the-dark ones well. I don’t know that I’d trust a novelty one to do its job as much as a regular one, though. Since we don’t use condoms anymore, we were just playing with them--they were a Halloween party giveaway. There was mostly a lot of light sabre sound effects and getting tangled up in the blankets executing fancy maneuvers.
The fruit ones we tried in the beginning for blowjobs just tasted "chemical" to me. Cherry cough syrup. Lemon Pledge. "Minty" Listerine. It was a good motivator for testing and commitment, I think.
Why use a fruit-flavored condom when you can use real fruit? Mango... pineapple... mmmmm...
Messy. Sticky. Slobbery. These are a few of my favorite things.
Ugh. Yeah. No. Flavored condoms are pretty much a gag gift and taste like room freshener. Neon condoms (and other "fun" decorative options) are also gag (in both senses of the word) fodder...and if you’re paying attention to the color then either you’re having some feeble sex or you have a deep latex fetish that takes condoms to a whole new level of potency. Such ideas come from the mid-century realm of French ticklers and Spanish fly: kinky "gizmos" for anxious dudes wanting a magic bullet. No such animal, my friends. And of course, now these things have become wacky joke items destined for landfill and bachelor parties (or both simultaneously). If the sex is good the condom won’t matter, and if it’s bad, the condom certainly won’t help.
D.H. Starr: (in reference to Damon): How did you become so smart? You know shit I would never even think of researching. Very cool. And the comment about latex fetish made me think of the last HBOReal Sex special I saw.
I’m gonna cheat on this one and answer a related but different question. Condoms or no condoms in erotic romance?
For me, condoms are just not sexy. They are practical, safe, responsible, but not sexy. I find that, similar to the cheating issue, some readers get very upset when two characters have sex and do not use condoms. Is it that we, as authors who describe explicit sexual acts, must own the responsibility of portraying responsible acts? I post this as a question...if you know you are reading fantasy, does that moment of stopping to get and put on the condom really enhance the experience for you? Or does the lack of addressing the issue of using condoms rob from the flow of the story and your enjoyment of the sexual acts?
I’m torn on this issue. In one sense, disease transmission is a reality in contemporary times and therefore it is unrealistic to think two strangers (or partners who have not chosen to become monogamous and tested negative together) would have sex without condoms unless they didn’t care about themselves or their partner. In that sense, it robs from the romance because of the emotional message that lingers. But what if a moment carries the two away and they don’t use condoms, or they address the issue, claim they are safe, and forego the use of condoms? Is that somewhat acceptable or is it still a line which should not be crossed?
There have been specific instances where I’ve chosen to have my characters use condoms and other times where I’ve made a conscious choice for them not to. In each case, thoughts and discussions about the repercussions (or why they know it’s safe to do so) take place. I’m very interested in people’s thoughts on this.
Now its your turn to share. Neon green or cherry cough syrup?
Drop by on February 16th, when the guys share their thoughts on... Random acts of kindness. Oh, you thought it was going to be something juicy? *g* There will be a little something something going on that week. You'll just have to come by and see what. ;-)
And don't forget, if you have any topics, questions or photos you'd like the guys to tackle, just shoot them my way. We'll make sure you get the credit.
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