What do you use condoms for? Do you use them to prevent pregnant? Prevent STDs/STIs? Do you ever think that condoms interfere with the pleasure of having sex? Do they ruin the romance of sex?
Peter Chua’s article Condoms in the Global Economy help us understand condom use by focusing on the use of condom among different groups. Especially town particular, at risk, groups, such as gay mean and young women. Researchers have sought to understand the social factors that prevent condom use; this includes the study of the role that education and public information that is available. With this public and private agencies can minimize unwanted pregnancies and disease (509).
Here’s an example of sex education being wanted because the adults of South Park don’t want their kids to learned about sex from the television:
The story of condoms begin in the late 1990s with the availability of latex and the development of mechanical assembly lines, the making of condoms became industrialized. Condom manufacturing grew rapidly with population control programs starting as well as HIV prevention was receiving high demands from government.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Dothan, Alabama was the global condom making capital. They relied on improved machineries to produce more condoms and to check their quality. Within this system, the work plants in Alabama were very segregated by race and gender. “For example, white men and white women help top executive and management positions. Working class white men typically operated dipping machines that extrude latex or synthetic condoms. Black men operated machines that mixed chemicals and other material. They received lower wages and training opportunities. The lowest pay was reserved for hand packers, who were typically working class women of color” (Chua 510).
The promotion of antipoverty programs are also being help by the study of condoms; since 1970, global and national organizations have linked overpopulation with an increase in poverty. This has led to state-led population reduction programs. These programs promote the other programs that encourage condom use and birth control options (Chua 509). This can function as a way to control women’s sexuality by shaping changing how they think and approach sexuality. Some people see birth control policies as the government’s attempt to affect their sexual thinking and family planning practices; government progress have intimidated them through contraceptive use campaigns in the media that promote one type of family, small and heterosexual, and stigmatize other family arrangements (Chua 509).