Force is partnering with Say It With A Condom to promote a new line of consent-themed condoms. The condoms are wrapped in slogans that say everything from “I heart consent” to “Drinking is not a crime. Rape is.” Through the partnership both organizations are working to find fun and creative ways to make consent part of everyday hook up culture.
Force Upsetting Rape Culture is a creative and activist effort to upset the dominant culture of rape and promote a counter culture based on consent. They are most widely known for their viral panty prank where they pretended to be Victoria’s Secret promoting consent-themed panties and thongs. They more recently received international press for pretending to be Playboy releasing a “Top Ten Party Commandments” guide to consensual sex for college students.
“Consent needs to be a mainstream idea and practice. We need to see pop culture examples of healthy sexuality and respecting boundaries as much as ‘blurred lines’. Communicating boundaries, needs, and desires is hot! We need a sexual revolution that makes practicing consent at the front of having good sex.” says Rebecca Nagle, Force co director.
Nagle continues, “Looking at the history and promotion of condom use, is a great example of how we can change behavior to slow an epidemic. Condom use was promoted for sexually active people in response to the AIDS epidemic in the 90s in order to prevent the transmission of HIV. Today, communication needs to be promoted among sexually active people in response to the epidemic of rape, assault and sexual violence in order to prevent unwanted sexual experiences. Just like pausing to put on a condom prevents STIs, pausing to check in with your partner prevents unwanted sexual experiences.”
Say It With A Condom is an alternative marketing company that promotes strategic messages through condom packaging. The goal of their collection of Consent Condoms is to use condom packaging to promote the idea that a conversation about consent prior to engagement in any sort of sexual activity is essential. “Consent should never just be assumed or implied, and that is what we hope this line of Consent Condoms will convey”
"The goal here is to upset rape culture by making a conversation about consent an essential, sexy part of any hook-up,” says Benjamin Sherman, founder of Say It With A Condom. “We knew Force was the right partner for this campaign because we have the same end goals. We’re both trying to encourage consent in unique, fun ways that are just crazy enough to make a real difference."
Condoms are a great place for a consent message because knowing and respecting people’s safer sex needs is part of consensual sex. Before sex, talk to your partner about standards for using protection and then follow those standards. You might be accustomed to using condoms for vaginal or anal sex, and learn that your partner also uses condoms for oral sex. If you are in an open relationship, its good to talk about what protection to use when hooking up with other people. Decide what everyone is comfortable with and set clear guidelines. After you have had a conversation about safe sex, it is easier to follow your safe sex practices (to grab that condom) when you’re all hot and bothered.
In addition to promoting consent, Say It With A Condom is supporting Force by donating 25% of the profits to the activist group. For a limited time, you can purchase a consent condom and support Force’s Kickstarter for The Monument Quilt Tour. The Monument Quilt is a collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. By stitching our stories together we are creating a new culture where survivors are public supported rather than publicly shamed.