What was the first time getting condoms like for you? A little scary? A recent article highlights Ben Affleck’s fear when at 18 he first bought condoms. The following is an excerpt taken from the Toronto Sun on the story:
‘The star, who was 18 years old at the time of the encounter, recalled, “I was so scared. I wondered: ‘Are they going to call my mom?’ I went into the store, walked up to the shelf and grabbed the box. I didn’t stand there looking too long. There were two registers. A man was at one, a woman at another. Of course, the woman’s register came up first. I felt so self-conscious and idiotic, but it was all over in a second. I put them down and she looked at me with this stoic face and rang them up and put them in a bag, and I ran out of that store really fast!” – wenn.com
I don’t think he is alone. I mean if you go to the store and even look at the condoms, you feel like someone is breathing behind your back thinking OMG this person is having SEX. What’s up with this? Aren’t we supposed to feel comfortable protecting our health including our genitals from STDs? We don’t think twice about buying toothpaste or soap so why should condoms be any different. There is a stigma in our community that may prevent us from feeling cool about buying or getting free condoms. We may talk about who is doing what with who but rarely do you hear someone say “what do you think about that Trojan condom?” or “where can I get the best condom?” It’s scary enough to talk about using condoms let alone buying them. So what ways can we feel just a bit more comfy with walking into the store, looking at the condom choices, and choosing what works best for us? Here are some tips to possibly overcome that fear:
What’s your first time story in getting condoms? What are your tips in doing it smoothly?
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