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Safe Sex X Birth Control

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“Safe sex is great sex, better wear a latex. ‘Cause you don’t want that late text, that ‘I think I’m late’ text.” –Lil’ Wayne, Lollipop

Practicing safety is an essential part of a healthy sex life, and the concept spans far past Lil’ Wayne’s (and most people’s) fear of unplanned pregnancy. Some things to keep in mind when practicing safe sex specifically around birth control.

  •         “He didn’t have a condom.” “Aren’t you on the pill?”

These excuses are not good enough. Don’t assume your partner is responsible for providing contraceptives. Be prepared, and always bring your own wrappers.

  •         “She brought her own condoms, what a hoe.”

Although our culture generally condemns women who carry condoms, lube, or dental dams you should channel your inner Amazon and give slut-shaming the finger. Ladies, always come prepared—and that means being prepared to either do the deed safely or abstain.

  •         “I’m on the pill, so we don’t need a condom.”

Contraceptives are important for more than just pregnancy prevention. Women on birth control, men with vasectomies, same sex partners, and infertile people still need to practice safe sex methods. Always wear a condom. Always wash your parts—including your hands. Remember lube can be helpful, not just for comfort, but for prevention of tearing, cuts, and drawing blood which can cause dangerous exposure to fluids. A rule of thumb, transfer of fluids is how disease is transferred.

For additional resources on birth control methods, you can visit Planned Parenthood’s website https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control
or Advocates for Youth’s Contraceptive page http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/topics-issues/contraceptives/1278

 

“Safe Sex X” is Bae Watch’s new Fall mini-series.

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August 28, 2015

About Author

Rosewater Rosewater is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Leadership and Management minor at American University. Her passion for education encourages her love of teaching and learning from others. She uses humor and creativity to push back against elitism in higher academia—often infusing pop culture references to make heady concepts more digestible. She advocates for urban youth’s accessibility to political and social justice concepts, with an ultimate goal of fervently improving urban development. She is committed to her dream of founding a national non-profit to expand resource accessibility to low income housing residents. As a writer and graphic illustrator for The Collard, she enjoys weaving ratchet politics and everyday happenings together for the modern millennial’s entertainment and education.


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