My first trip to Planned Parenthood was in high school. All my friends were getting on the pill. I didn't have any real sexual prospects, but everyone else was doing it, so in a rare case of positive peer pressure, I marched myself down to the clinic. I walked out the door that day armed with the brand new knowledge that the speculum was a thing, and a brown paper bag full of condoms. For the first time I wondered, “Should you carry condoms?” Spoiler alert: The answer is yes.
It was a still a while before I actually had sex, but I learned that just carrying condoms is empowering, and when I was finally ready to do the deed I was ready to roll. (I guess technically, I was ready to unroll). To me, there was never any shame or stigma about keeping condoms in my purse. At first it felt edgy and adult. Later on it felt, well, convenient — but also made me feel like I was a boss and in control. However, for some of my friends, the idea of carrying condoms made them feel like people would judge them or think they were "slutty." I don’t know about about you, but I don't want to live in a world where taking control of our own bodies and sexual health and satisfaction is stigmatized, so let's dispense the myth that carrying condoms is shameful, right now. Here's how keeping condoms on you is empowering AF.