Many years ago, I walked into a pharmacy and openly requested for a pack of condoms. I told them I needed quality, costly ones, with pleasant scent, and that could be used and washed for like fifty times. I said that openly and loudly. Everyone looked at me. There was dead silence. The attendants became speechless and the customers were looking with unclosed mouths. They were amazed. They were trying to hide their smiles because they didn’t want to look disrespectful. I understood. But that was a game I had already planned.
They were so dazed that a young man could openly and confidently request for condoms without considering the large number of people looking at him. They were even more surprised that I gave them specifications. One of the attendants brought out the brands they had and she started schooling me on the price and the quality. I asked her whether she has used those brands before and she smiled. She said she wasn’t a man. I asked whether her boyfriend had used it for her before and she laughed out loudly.
I wasn’t there to buy condoms, anyway. I just wanted to see how it feels like to request for condoms in an open pharmacy and the reactions it could generate. I know a lot of African men who can’t walk confidently to a pharmacy to request for a pack of raincoats (condoms). They are afraid of how people would look at them and what people would think. They are afraid that people would see them as perverts. We all know that when you request for condoms, it means you are getting ready for sex. At the end, I requested for Vitamin C and told them to take the condoms back. Their perception didn’t matter to me. And I didn’t die.
Meanwhile, should African men be afraid to ask for condoms in pharmacies? No. I think people should be free to ask for condoms. Men and women. There are condoms for men and there are condoms for women. Men and women should be free to ask for the one they love. In the past, male condoms were common. These days, we have condoms in various types and sizes and colours. The men can wear and the women can wear, too. It is for protection. People should be free to ask for it in public. It is not illegal.
Why should people use condoms, especially Africans? Condoms are good for oral, anal, and vaginal sex, so they protect you from STDs no matter how you get down. And that is really the sexiest part of all: condoms let you focus on pleasure and your partner without worrying about pregnancy or STDs. Safer sex is better sex because it stops stress from killing the mood. Most people don’t like using condoms because they believe the pleasure you get from skin-to-skin is incomparable to the one you get from using condoms.
Condoms are super easy to get from many different stores, community health centers, and online. You don’t need a prescription or ID to buy them, and they are inexpensive (or sometimes even free). Condoms are a small, discreet, and portable way to get big protection from pregnancy and STDs. Protection is important, but so is pleasure. Luckily, condoms offer both. Condoms come in lots of different styles, shapes, and textures that increase sensation for both partners. And having your partner put the condom on your penis can be a sexy part of foreplay, especially if you add lube. Condoms can even delay ejaculation, so sex lasts longer.
Finally, because there is poverty in Africa as a result of African leader’s irresponsibility, Africans need to use condoms more when they are having sex. They need birth control. They can’t be bringing children they can’t take care into the world. It is bad. If you know you need sex and you don’t want babies, please use condoms. Don’t bring bastards into the world to torment others. When you mistakenly give birth to children as a result of not using protection, you endanger the world. You are causing problem for the society because the child you refuse to take care will become irresponsible and bring headache to the society.