Plastic has gotten a bad wrap: polluting our oceans, choking sea turtles, crippling baby seals. A new musical single titled Jade the Condom Mermaid shows us not all plastic is bad. Jade sings about how awesome one plastic is, the condom. The sound has been compared to artist such as Lorde and Sia with it’s bubble pop, indie, folky pop sound.
The song was created by the group Sex Ed Rex as a way to educate people on how to correctly use condoms. The lyrics highlights in importance with the song with
Half of pregnancies are unplanned
Use a condom to catch those swimmers
Follow along so you understand
98 percent success, you’ll be winners
In the United States until recently 50% of pregnancies were unplanned. This number is still high in the 40% range. While a lot of factors can decrease this number two of the largest pieces are sexual education and access to contraceptives.
The group used a recently scientific survey that found common misconceptions about condoms to write the song.
“We chronically underestimate how complicated condom use can be,” University of Kentucky professor Richard Crosby
The academic article Condom use errors and problems: a global view
Found that common mistakes were:
- Late application. Putting the condom on in the middle of intercourse.
- Early removal. Taking it off before finishing.
- Unrolling a condom before putting it on. It should be unrolled onto the shaft.
- No space at the tip. Squeeze the tip while rolling it down the shaft.
- Failing to remove air. No air with the pole is how the song goes.
- Inside-out condoms. Make sure you put it on the correct way and if you make a mistake do not flip it the correct way and put it back on, get a new one.
- Failing to unroll all the way. The rubber should be all the way down.
- Exposure to sharp objects. Don’t use a harpoon. Another one from the song.
- Not checking for damage. Make sure there are no visible tears or holes in the condom.
- No lubrication. Use a water based lube. It will probably feel better too.
- Use water based lubrication. Other lubes can damage the latex.
- Incorrect withdrawal. When the condom is filled with semen then take it out. You’re done with this particular bedroom activity. Dispose of the condom.
- Condom reuse. Don’t reuse condoms.
- Incorrect storage. Heat and UV light can damage condoms. Don’t store in your pocket or in a car. Over time they will melt the plastic.
All 14 of these items found in the study were incorporated in the condom mermaid song.
You can listen to the song here.
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