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Let's face it: the new 'consent condom' won't prevent rape

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10.04.2019

I’ve come across a lot of ridiculous products in my time, especially when at the helm of the feminist satire blog The Vagenda. Vaginal steamers; Goop-endorsed intimate eggs promising a “spiritual detox”; a veritable smorgasbord of perfumes and “deodorants” which are often more likely to give you gynaecological nightmares than leave you smelling of roses; a severed head which simulates fellatio; that inflatable chair with a dildo attached which made the rounds (and a couple of appearances on Eurotrash) in the nineties. If necessity is the mother of invention, sex is the feckless father; some of the worst instances of innovation have happened in the industry which caters to physical intimacy. I still can’t get a straight answer about who thought glass vibrators were a good idea.

“Consent culture” — or, as most women like to call it, “the concept that men might no longer be able to get away with rape” — has given rise to an even stranger set of products and experiences. First came the much-maligned “consent class”, which became popular at university freshers’ weeks for a while last year. The aim of a consent class is, of course, noble: to introduce all students to the novel idea that their peers are also human beings and that they might not like to be touched without permission or raped on a night out. The idea is that young men in particular might not know about all the nuances of consent, or might not realise that you can be a rapist without........

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