The Condom and Other Links

"The condom is…in its essence, a compromise: at the moment of greatest potential pleasure, it interferes. It requires that the rush of desire be interrupted, its course modified, its sensation diminished. At the moment of being consumed by the present, a concern with the future intrudes. The condom is a declaration of sacrifice in the midst of indulgence. It is evidence of civilization and its discontents."

— Edwad Rothsein, in a review of a museum exhibit of condoms.

It is very, very sad that the Catholic church refuses to endorse the condom — in fact it proactively speaks out against the effectiveness of condoms — even as AIDS ravages the continent of Africa.


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