In a perfect world free from STIs and unwanted pregnancies, we'd be encouraged to engage in all the bareback sex our little parts could handle. Unfortunately, said world does not exist. For this reason having protected sex — despite its bad rap — is quite literally a life saver, and no amount of negative PR should undermine its transformative capabilities.
“By ignoring our sexual health, we have enabled a generation of women with more STDs than ever before,” Meika Hollender, co-founder of the eco-friendly condom company Sustain, tells Bustle. “And if you think that you're not at risk because of where you live, who you sleep with, or your demographics, think again. It’s time for all of us to talk about sex and safe sex more openly and honestly, because STDs can be life-changing.”
Despite many safe sex activists fighting the good fight, there are too many out there who believe unprotected sex feels so good it's worth ignoring consent to get. If you're up on the latest sex news, there's even a new name for the practice: "stealthing." Basically, this vile act is where dudes slip off a condom mid-act, unbeknownst to their partners. The whole thing is non-consensual and pretty much tantamount to sexual assault. Are condoms really ever so awful that you have to violate another person's bodily sovereignty? (That answer should be a resounding NO.)
Although safe sex is continually affirmed in certain circles, there's always room for yet another reminder why it's hot AF. Here are six reasons why protected sex rules: