When It Comes To Condoms…Don’t Listen to Asher Roth
I’m probably the last person in America to hear that Asher Roth song, “I Love College,” which I had the misfortune to hear while traveling through an area with limited radio choices over the holidays. The basic premise of the song is that college is all about drinking and weed and naked girls and so college is therefore awesome.
It includes one very erroneous line, in a section of the song presenting “rules” for said awesome! college experience:
“When it comes to condoms put two on”
Now, normally such trite song lyrics would be just too inane to mention. But then I remembered a story a fellow librarian posted to Facebook recently, which ticked off some completely incorrect beliefs about sex and contraception that people hold. It says:
“28 percent of men incorrectly believe they will get extra protection from wearing two condoms at once, a practice that actually leads to condom breakage.”
Because more than a quarter of men seem to actually believe the same nonsense as in the Roth song, it seemed worth mentioning. More erroneous beliefs from the survey (such as the 18% of men who believed having sex standing up prevents pregnancy *headdesk*) are available from the source, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
Repeat after me: one condom at a time, not expired, not stored in a wallet, carefully unwrapped and properly applied, with a non-petroleum lube. Use once only, carefully remove, and discard. One at a time!!!! Better rules than Roth’s are here.