I’ve had a couple of experiences this year wherein I was playing with someone for the first time, and things were hot and heavy. After lots of making out and touching, stroking, licking, and nibbling each other’s various body parts, I was lubed up and desperately wanted to be penetrated. I come much more easily from penetrative sex than oral sex, so I usually want to have penetrative sex if it’s on the table (especially if it’s on an actual table). In both cases, the guy was hard as stone; however, once I rolled on a condom and we started fucking, he lost his erection. This in and of itself is not a big deal – boners can be pretty random. They often come and go for no reason at all, and I’m all about being sexual and sensual and completely enjoying being with my partner in myriad ways without a hard dick present.
What struck me as odd, though, is that after sex with both of these gentlemen, they apologized and said that they weren’t used to having sex with condoms. I then asked: “The women you’re with don’t care whether or not you use them?” Nope, they said. Usually they don’t. I’ve heard this from numerous other (straight) male friends as well – that they don’t bother wearing condoms if the women they’re with are fine with them not wearing one – even strangers they take home from a bar. The thought then occurred to me that maybe I’m the anomaly here. I’ve always insisted on condom usage – even with most of my partners when I was in monogamous relationships and on the pill (I realize this is strange)!
When I was very young, I watched two loved ones die of AIDS-related diseases which catapulted me into ten years of volunteering for various HIV, AIDS, and STI-related organizations and non-profits. I guess Always Be Condoming just got drilled into me during my adolescence and has never gone away.
Two thoughts on this: one, I grew up with actual sex education. It wasn’t much; it certainly wasn’t comprehensive or sex-positive, but it was something – we learned about barriers and contraception. We learned that this shit was important. I was in high school during the passage of the 1996 welfare act that first funded abstinence-only education (thanks, Bill Clinton); it didn’t go into effect until I’d already gone through sex ed. Abstinence-only curricula often preach medically inaccurate information regarding the use of condoms, so people who have been taught in states that receive abstinence-only funding are less likely to use them. The funding of comprehensive sexuality and relationships education is imperative to safer sex practices.
Two, every poly person or swinger I’ve been with consistently uses condoms with their (non-primary, if they have a primary relationship) partners, which is one reason that STI transmission rates for ethically non-monogamous folks and monogamous [sic] folks are pretty similar.
Don’t get me wrong. I relish the sensitive feeling of the satiny skin of a hard cock inside of me, and there’s nothing I love more than being pumped full of jizz and feeling it drip down the insides of my thighs (or then having it fed to me…), but seriously. Seriously. I suggested to the first guy this happened with that he might try masturbating with a condom on to get used to the sensation – at least the cleanup is easy. I’m curious now as to what other people’s experiences have been like in terms of condom usage. If you have a dick or fuck people who have dicks, do you insist on condoms for PIV sex, or let it slide – and why?