The Future

11.30.13

Condoms Aren’t Sexy. This Is How Porn Stars Would Fix Them.

Condoms help prevent STDs and pregnancy, but they sure are a buzzkill for the adult industry. Stars weigh in on what would make the perfect prophylactic.

Face it, condoms aren’t sexy. Yes, they are mostly reliable and protect us against STDs and pregnancy, but nothing can compete with the thrill of skin on skin contact. So many couples get caught up in the heat of the moment, the moment when kisses turn to caresses and the clothes land in a heap on the floor. Uncontrollable attraction takes over as our pleasure centers catch fire, the world falls away and our concerns for safety cease to exist. One thing matters: sexual gratification. Having to pause and fuss around with an annoying wrapper and then figure out how to put it on correctly in a dimly lit room can ruin the moment. That’s when the condom FAILS.

Condoms have been a buzzkill for the industry, too. Since Los Angeles County passed Measure B, which mandates condom use in all porn films made locally, there’s been an estimated 95 percent drop in permits to film. While the measure does seem extreme, we can’t forget that the industry was rattled when a few performers tested positive for HIV this year.

Meanwhile, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded grants to their “create a new condom” contest winners in an effort to create a new generation condom, one that will appeal to even the most finicky of condom users.

I don’t know what the condom of the future looks like. Perhaps it could utilize nanotechnology. Maybe nano particles could conform to the user and create a thin breathable STD repellent condom that feels like silk and disintegrates upon contact with semen, vaporizing the semen as it goes. Maybe I've read too many Michael Crichton novels. It’s hard to imagine any drastic variation of today’s condom: the simple thin sheath for the human penis.

That being said, I asked several adult stars what their ideas were for improving the condom.

Derrick Pierce, former personal trainer and award-winning adult star: “If I designed a condom it would be adjustable at the bottom. Guys are built differently, not every guy needs a Magnum or Ultra Magnum even, if they think they do. Some of us fill it out more width-wise than length-wise, so I always get ring around the cock. If the feeling were improved, like what they tried to do with the lambskin condom, then condoms would be easier for us to wear because we wouldn’t have to sacrifice sensitivity.”

Joslyn James, adult star notoriously known as Tiger Woods’s former mistress: “When used correctly the condom is great. But I’m not a fan of all the ridges. All the ridges and sensation stuff is too much. Keep it simple. I wish there was a condom that was more anal sex friendly.”

Layton Benton, AVN nominated porn star:“Most condoms are too thick and even the Trojan brand condom that’s ‘barely there’ is still rather thick. I would design a thin yet reliable condom that has a slight bit of lubrication. I would also make the packaging a little easier to open.”

‘You spray on a liquid latex solution that hardens and you peel it off when you're done. You could call it Condom in a Can.’

Adrianna Luna, mixed martial artist and adult star: “I’ve tried a lot of different condoms from sensitive to ribbing and lubricated. My biggest complaint is the material it’s made out of it. After a while my skin gets irritated in a way it doesn’t with skin on skin contact. I think finding a different material to make it out of would be ideal.”

Selma Sins, adult star and co-host of the weekly radio show Inside the Industry: “The condom can be improved by having them made without all the rubber and latex material. I would design a male condom and make it latex free, adding a built-in vibrator for the clitoris. It would be tasty in case of oral pleasure and have assorted colors. Also it would have a squeezed tip, that way once the male is done he can be able to remove the condom without having any issues making a mess.”

Allison Moore XXX, star of over a hundred films: “It’s hard to say if the condom can be improved. But, if it could, definitely it would have to be better feeling. I have been in three major long-term relationships where we were exclusive, so we didn’t use condoms. But, when we did in the beginning of the relationship, it didn’t feel as good, which is what everyone says. If I could design a condom it would feel like it’s not even there. If I had a specific stellar idea, I would definitely be creating it and hopefully making billions on it.”

Tom Byron, veteran porn star, director, and producer: “How about spray on condoms? You spray on a liquid latex solution that hardens and you peel it off when you’re done. You could call it “Condom in a Can.” Or you could have personally fitted condoms that you make after having a mold done of your penis. Kind of like when you get your dick or pussy molded in plaster.”

Misty Stone, often referred to as the Halle Berry of porn: “As the old saying goes, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ I think they’ve done incredible things with the condom. I wouldn’t change a thing baby, well maybe one little thing. How about a condom, or the wrapper, made with hemp?”

Kayden Kross, award-winning adult icon: "I hate that awkward moment where everything is going really, really well and then suddenly you have to cut the action and dig for one of those funny little square packets. [The answer is] Science fiction. Some sort of form-fitting invisible force field that fits perfectly around the things that need protecting and cannot be sensed by a normally-functioning human. Or if we could just render it useless through some hardcore effort on the part of the WHO to eradicate all forms of sexually transmitted disease coupled by temporary and side effect free forms of sterilization. The problem with dreaming up wonderful science-fictional remedies is that the very act of doing so admits that there may be a real problem in the real world, and so further justifies the condoms as-is."