The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced this week that they will award a $100,000 grant to anyone who can create the “next generation condom.”
When used correctly male condoms are effective, inexpensive, and easy to use. Unfortunately, they still have a stigma associated with them, mainly that they reduce sensitivity, and thus sexual pleasure. To combat this stigma, the Gates Initiative is asking participants to create a new condom which preserves or even enhances sexual pleasure, in order to encourage more people around the world to use them regularly. This is good news for everyone!
Over the years many efforts have been made to improve the condom; below are a few of the wackier attempts that have been made, which we’re pretty sure the Gates Foundation will not be considering.