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Will the ‘Sex Toy’ condom be banned in India?

June 23, 2007

The ‘Crezendo’ condom marketed by Hindustan Latex (ironically a government company) is stirring up plenty of controversy in Madhya Pradesh. The condom was launched all over India about three months ago…and then suddenly the MP government realised that the condom is a ‘sex toy’ and wanted it banned. Well, it may be banned, but only in MP. Until now there are no signs of any protest anywhere else in India (hope I am not speaking too soon!) and the condom will not be banned elsewhere. In fact just yesterday the Union Health Minister, A Ramadoss reiterated that the condom would in fact be promoted in all the states as it was “one of his missions.’

So whats the big deal about the condom? Well, it has vibrating rings. and these rings according to some politicians make the condom a sex toy….and its alright for condoms to be sold as long as they don’t give pleasure…! But then what about the flavoured condoms being sold in the market…should they be banned too?

Sex toys and pornography are banned in India…but condoms should not fall into the category of sex toys…specially as the sale of condoms has been falling in India. Considering that India already has the second largest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world (some say the largest) this is a dangerous sign. Everything needs to be done to promote condoms. A condom (which some people believe reduces sexual pleasure) is a necessary modern invention….and new product attributes essential to promote its use.

And even if this condom is a sex toy, so what??? Perhaps its time to legalise some type of sex toys.

God and in fact nature, has made sure that human beings experience pleasure while having sex and it is this which has ensured the continuity of the human race. The ancient text of Kamasutra has referred to various types of sex toys. Pleasure and sex are intertwined…our ancients knew it and ofcourse we know it too but there are some who want to pretend that sexual pleasure is immoral. Why? Because a lot of these so called moral guardians have mistresses and ‘keeps’ and some of them probably engage in perverted sex as well…therefore for them sexual pleasure is clandestine and ‘dirty.’ For them sexual pleasure must mean hurting their families…

The only positive side to this controversy is that these condoms have got more publicity than the marketers ever dreamed of! No one is talking about it yet, but I ‘m sure the sales of this condom must have zoomed across India!

(photo credits: bbc)

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2007 1:17 pm

    incidentally there is a dotted condom.. whose USP is … “dotted for extra pleasure”
    that has been in the market for almost eternity.. but i have never heard any protests against it…

    i support you.. condoms are one of the most effective family planning initiative and a shield against the STD

  2. June 23, 2007 7:22 pm

    //And even if this condom is a sex toy, so what??? Perhaps its time to legalise some type of sex toys.//
    Exactly. Are we living in a fools paradise. Does the Chief Minister of MP actually believe that people have sex only to procreate and not for fun? You are absolutely right, this controversy has given free publicity to than the marketers could ever have.

  3. June 24, 2007 12:43 am

    Gasp! God forbid a condom enhances pleasure! What were they thinking? Oh noez – someone call the waaahmbulance! This culture is so weak, a god damn condom stands to destroy a few thousand years worth of…uhh…wait, what is that we are all so uptight about?

    Oh yeah, culture. Here is a news flash to the morons in charge: culture is not something that you can hang on to and ‘preserve’. Culture is society at a particular point in time-space. If present-day Indians want vibrating condoms, hurray, that is our culture. Stop trying to legislate morality and control the plebeians! This is India, not China for crying out loud!

  4. June 24, 2007 9:32 am

    very nicely said… only a dead culture needs to be preserved… the living culture evolves and enriches itself with interaction with other cultures

  5. June 26, 2007 6:34 am

    Very apt post! I welcome you guys to read my commentary on this, though the flavor is entirely different. I found you through ‘An Unquiet Mind’, where I visit every day now. Oh, my article link is: bramana.blogspot.com

  6. Arun permalink
    October 2, 2007 12:35 am

    Neither Condom Nor Others toys be banned in India. These are requirements of both Singles and Couples and to prevent STD, decrease sexual related mental distress. The toys decrease the rate of sexual crimes.

  7. sunny permalink
    March 7, 2008 2:02 pm

    hello ,
    people choose culture not the other way round ..

  8. Ravi permalink
    March 7, 2008 7:34 pm

    ////according to some politicians make the condom a sex toy….and its alright for condoms to be sold as long as they don’t give pleasure…!

    That was funny :-)

    I was thinking of this “Why don’t we just ban sex?” I think MP politicians will be in accordance with me. :-)

  9. sai permalink
    March 20, 2008 11:02 am

    sex is a part of life with out which there is no life so please stop being ashamed of talking about sex and issues . There is nothin wrong in having sex its not a sin so please be open and let be open.

  10. July 6, 2008 10:54 am

    I don’t understand why te SEX Toy is band in India?

  11. AAAA permalink
    February 19, 2009 3:19 am

    condoms shuld nah be banned in India..i think condoms are important and should be there for the ppl that are nah planning to hav kids and want to pervent HIV and AIDS..nd for the rest who want condoms banned..suit urself..u might just end up with Aids or HIV..nd sex toys..i think ppl that dont wanna have sex bah want to feel the pleasure need sex toys..and as i heard here..ppl use alot of other junk as sex toys in india..soo i think its better that they buy sex toys instead..

  12. vasudev permalink
    February 19, 2009 10:36 am

    the goi is filled with peeps fresh from kanky! otherwise who would thing of spending time and effort and public money in holding innumerable meetings, cross country flights, a few hundred foreign visits and above all, extra expenditures on petrol/diesel and pollution by running ministerial cavalcades all for the pupose of declaring a piece of rubber (with chinese cheap button cells) as ‘uncultured’?

    forget vibrating condoms. i am all for making legal the sex toys and sex dolls. at least that would prevent aids (to some extent) and above all…prevent the population growth which india needs to address dearly (so that mine and yours hard earned tax payer money finally goes into providing some succour to the tax payer himself).

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