Musings of an Ist

Bill Gates’ latest charitable contribution in the field of public health: $100,000 to the inventor of a condom that actually feels good. Grand Challenges in Global Health, a research foundation established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is offering the grant money for the best “testable hypothesis” for “the next generation condom,” one that “significantly preserves or enhances pleasure.” The goal is to eliminate one of the major barriers to condom use: “From the male perspective,” the call for entries says, “condoms decrease pleasure as compared to no condom, creating a trade-off that many men find unacceptable.”

A couple years ago, I think, the Gates Foundation was trying to fund a better toilet. I like their philosophy of low-tech solutions.

I also don’t think this is ultimately about making life better for men. If condoms feel better, more men will use them; if more men use them, that’ll be a good thing. The Gates Foundation, and specifically Melinda Gates, have been championing contraception for a while now. (Ms. Gates is Catholic, by the way. She says that ““we’re not serving the other piece of the Catholic mission, which is social justice” by barring women from birth control alternatives.”)

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    I thought this seemed like a fascinating and all around good idea. It’s also something that needs to be seen by more...
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    It must suck to be American. Flared-head condoms are pretty standard in the UK.
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    http://www.origamicondoms.com/
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