Men of a certain age (I am one) will remember a time when the main source for acquiring condoms was the local barber shop. After a shave and/or haircut, the barber would casually ask if ‘Sir, wanted something for the weekend?‘
It was a loaded question!
To refuse, meant admitting to the barber and the other male customers that you were a sad pathetic loser that couldn’t get any action. I am sure I wasn’t the first man to buy a condom I had no prospect of using just to save face in front of the other customers
‘Go on then. Give me one. I might get lucky,‘ I’d say
And then the buggers would twist the . . . knife even further to maximise their profit – “Just the one?” they would enquire – a pitying expression on their face implying their poor opinion of my seductive powers with the ladies
“Better make it two. She might have a sister‘
“Three would be safer”. he’d reply. “you might get lucky with the mother!“
The reason I decided to grow a beard and wear my hair long was I couldn’t afford a trip to the barbers – although I did manage to reduce my financial losses for a while by re-selling the condoms to my sister’s boyfriend
Why am I telling you this?
It is National Condom Week, starting on Feb 14th
To mark the occasion, condom manufacturer ‘Trojan’ has released a video documenting the history of condoms from animal skins to the gossamer thin latex ones of today.
The video can be found here – http://tinyurl.com/a9bk5aa