Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Do you take plastic?

I took the pill until I broke down. Greasy hair and the world through a glass, darkly. The last thing I wanted was sex. My friend tried the coil – cried with the pain, bled like a miscarriage. Another had hormones implanted under her skin, her periods ceased, she took years to revert to normality.

I tried counting. Guessing the danger zone. That ended in tears.

But a condom. Fits all cocks, takes on all comers. Pocket sized, portable. Suits all sexes, any slot.

If the man I love won’t wear one, he’s not the man I love. Pretty good indicator.



~ #3 in a series of flashes celebrating the condom

9 comments:

Jo said...

Yes! Though I never used anything else. The Pill bedamned :)

Nikki Magennis said...

Too fucking right, Jo. The way the pill is pressed on women makes my skin crawl. A cocktail of artificial hormones with unpredictable side effects? Sounds like a fuckign wonderful idea! And it still won't protect you from STDs!

Sorry, I get worked up about this.

Danielle said...

i hate the pill..alsoi dont write about condoms in real i never go without...

for me the pill is such a curse..one way because it does so much bad to the female body...as well as to the men becaus ethe hormones end up in the drinking water..plus i blame also the pill partly to be responsible for the extreme spreading of hiv...its mainly men who talk women into having sex without condoms...and women let them have their ways..becaus eof love..becaus eof fear...and becaus ethey think..i dont get pregnant becaus eof the pill..and he is allrigfht..he dont looks sick..he has never done this before ect ect...

women wouldnt be at all so willing to have unprotected sex without the pill...


i wrote an article about this a few years ago..and was accuse dof beeing anti-womens rights!!!

Sharazade said...

It was my man who talked me out of the Pill, as he handed me a basal thermometer and a detailed book (though he handed me a centigrade thermometer, which is not as useful as a Fahrenheit one, which shows more gradations). I'd never really thought about the Pill and how it might be affecting my body--it's just what they gave girls as cheap 'n easy. Bless that man.

We use condoms when I'm fertile; why on earth not?

I don't always write about them, but then I don't always write about undressing either. One seems as natural as the other, though.

Craig Sorensen said...

DeDe took the pill when she was younger, and it gave her all kinds of problems. It messes with the body's normal functions. Never a good thing.

I sometimes do include condoms in my stories. Right now, I'm working on one that features them prominently. Condoms can be deliciously sexy.

Nikki Magennis said...

Danielle, Shar and Craig - thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences.

I know the pill was/is cited as a way of promoting sexual freedom for women, and that may have seemed to be the case, at least at first. But I think now, especially with HIV/AIDs, not to mention all the other STDs, it's more often a liability than a liberator.

And yes, that pressure to not use condoms is pernicious.

Jo said...

Plus, I have never felt comffortable with the idea of artificially, chemically supressing my fertility - I don't want that pushed on my as a women's right. We don't have to see it as an enemy that enslaves us, as far as I'm concerned. I think that's mysoginisic too. More demonisation of women's cycles and physiology, in its way? But I feel nervous saying it, for the same reason as Danielle - sure, freedom to have sex and not have children is a great idea, I just don't like the way we do it.

Emerald said...

Hi Nikki—I LOVE this. I really am such a fan of condoms. I feel they're one of my favorite inventions.

I just got in from about a 28-hour drive (through snow part way) for the holidays, so I'm doing some online catching up!

I love that you're doing this condom honoring on your blog. :)

Xoxox

Nikki Magennis said...

Cheers, Emerald! x