Yes, society has come a long way when it comes to empowering women to know their worth and to embrace and own every part of themselves, including their sexualities. That being said, there's still some work to be done. A lot of women still feel a little bit of hesitation when it comes to the whole "embracing your sexuality" thing.
I mean, should women carry condoms for themselves? The answer is OBVIOUSLY yes. But, apparently, plenty of women still have their reservations when it comes to actually buying condoms, and even talking about using them with a partner.
A recent survey by Trojan's new XOXO Condoms found that some women still feel a bit uneasy when it comes to the conversation surrounding condoms. Check out some of the stats for yourself here.
For starters, we have a pretty big problem in terms of condoms and social acceptability.
While almost every single woman surveyed (97 percent) agreed that it's socially acceptable for men to carry condoms, a much smaller group of those women surveyed (79 percent) agreed that it's socially acceptable for women to do the same. That means a little over a fifth of women out there don't think it's socially OK for them to have condoms ready to go.
According to the study, confident people were more likely to use condoms.
A large majority of women (70 percent) responded that being self-assured in their body image and looks governed how they approached decisions related to their sexual health — decisions like whether or not to use a condom.
In fact, most women (72 percent) who did report that they were "very confident" in themselves were apparently more likely to use condoms every single time.
Some people still don't realize being prepared with condoms is a two-way street.
According to the study, 55 percent of women who say they've never bought condoms report that that's because their partner is usually the one who takes care of that. Thankfully, though, a larger majority (67 percent) of women do believe buying condoms should be something both people do in a relationship.
What you may not realize is that using a condom can actually help chill you out.
Fifty-four percent of millennial women reported feeling too "embarrassed" to bring up condoms with their partner. But what these women may not realize is that using a condom can relieve A TON of anxiety related to having sex. In fact, almost half of the people surveyed (45 percent) believed that using condoms during sex helped them chill out during sex.
In case you missed the memo, practicing safe sex is important. It's not just kind of important. It's REALLY FREAKING important. Using a condom is the only way to avoid an unwanted pregnancy while also protecting both you and your partner from contracting several types of STDs.
No matter who you are, it's important to #TrustYourself, take control over your sex life and your sexual health, and boldly purchase and use condoms.
Buy yourself some XOXO Condoms (or ANY condoms, for that matter) and protect yourself.
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