Congratulations to all of UW- Madison’s recent graduates, and congratulations to the rest of our fellow Badgers on another academic year down! On Wisconsin!
Here at Sex Out Loud, we encourage everyone to play safe this summer. If you will be spending the summer in Madison, feel free to stop by the Sex Out Loud office at 333 East Campus Mall, Suite 3143, to pick up free lube, condoms, and sex dams! We will be periodically refilling the condom bowl outside of the office so you can grab free safer sex supplies whenever the SAC is open. As always, feel free to email us at email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
Sex Out Loud will back with events and workshops at the start of the 2012-2013 school year, and we hope to see you all there! Thanks to everyone who supported Sex Out Loud this past year, and we are looking forward to another great year of sex positive education!
SAC Summer Hours: Sunday – Friday 10AM – 7PM. Closed Saturday.
The title of this article is basically poking fun at Cosmopolitan Magazine and its way of letting us all in on the secrets that apparently nobody knows about that we all should. So really we are going to talk about a couple positions…the basics! There are four different “main” positions, of which basically all others are variations:
- Rear Entry: the insertive partner enters the receptive partner from behind.
- Missionary: also known as insertive partner on top, the insertive partner enters from above the receptive partner.
- Side Entry: partners lie side by side, either facing away or towards each other or even in a “+” shape.
- Receptive Partner on Top: the receptive partner “rides” the insertive partner by sitting on top of or straddling the phallus.
Every single other position is really just a variation of one of those.
So when Cosmo says that they know all 2,385,738 moves to make you squeal with pleasure, think about the four basic positions and how each one of their positions is just a variation. This empowers you to get thinking creatively! There are tons of ways that you can “bump pretties” so just get creative. First look at each of the four basic positions, next think about where you could do it, and finally how you can make it better and more perfect for you! If you love silk, then you could do it on silk! Making the best positions happen is really about getting creative and working things you love into the mix: start with a basic position, throw an arm here and a leg over there, and before you know it you found yourself a position that you have never heard of, that gets you off like no other, and that is completely yours!
Now, when you are getting ready for finals and you need a study break, think about 10 different positions that you could do. You can make them up; you don’t need help from a magazine, you got into the University of Wisconsin–Madison after all!
The vast majority of available literature on condom failures has focused on inconsistent condom use, ignoring the phenomenon of incorrect condom use. Researchers tend to treat consistent condom users as consistently correct condom users, which is not necessarily the case. Bleaker yet, people with a history of condom failure tend to become distrustful of condom efficacy, misattributing their own incorrect use of the product to the company that made the condom and deterring future use.
However, the data is quite consistent that the vast majority of condom failures are due to human error and not the manufacturing of the condom itself. When used consistently and correctly, male latex condoms are at least 98% effective in preventing the transmission of fluid-spread sexually transmitted infections such as HIV. Below is a list of the most common condom use errors.
- Neglecting to check for an air bubble: 83% of the time
- Neglecting to check the expiration date on the packaging: 71% of the time
- Applying the condom after commencement of intercourse: 25-50% of the time
- Putting the condom on the wrong way: 10%-30% of the time
- Applying an inadequate amount or no lubrication: 25% of the time
- Not pinching the tip: 42-75% of the time
- Not leaving excess space in the tip of the condom: 24-46% of the time
- Not rolling the condom all the way down to the base of the shaft: 15% of the time
- Removing the condom before finishing intercourse: 15% time
- Not holding on the base of the condom when withdrawing to prevent slippage or spillage: 27-31% of the time
- Other nuanced errors included unrolling the condom all the way before applying to the penis and re-using the condom: 7% of the time
[Note: “Percent of the time” refers to the collective sample pool of all condom uses by all participants in the included studies, not condom mistakes per participant.]
Most studies found that increased experience with using condoms did not improve competency. If a person learns to apply condoms incorrectly, they are not likely to unlearn their method. Others found that self-reported lack of information was a contributing factor to incorrect condom use. The CDC reported that 37% of health teachers in the United States are “inadequate” in teaching proper condom application and use. Misinformation and rumors are another source. A review of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health found that a third of youth believe that they should not leave space in the tip of the condom and Vaseline is a recommended lubrication; one-fifth incorrectly believe that lambskin condoms are more effective in preventing the transmission of HIV than latex condoms.
One major gap in the literature is the minimal acknowledgement of the social and emotional factors of incorrect condom use. “Heat of the moment” syndrome may take precedent over lack of education or information. The literature also ignores that demonstrated condom ability in the laboratory—under lights, cameras, and supervision—may present differently than in the bedroom.
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