Zac Efron got a little heat this past week for packing a little heat. Namely a condom “allegedly” fell out of his pocket as he was being interviewed at the Lorax movie premiere. I’ve seen the video. It involves him trying to hand his publicist something from out of his pant pocket, the condom taking a nose dive on to the adorable orange carpet and Zac looking embarrassed and mouthing “Oh, my God” to his publicist.
Condom in Pocket
Why are people in an uproar about this? Yes, it is a children’s movie premiere – I get that. Yes, it was broad day light and no it did not appear imminent that he was going to have sex at any moment. Of course, it could have been that he had just left the condom in his pocket and reworn his pants without thinking about it, but what’s so bad about a guy having a condom in his pocket anyway?
I’d like to think he was serving as a positive role model. A condom (unused of course) is pretty innocuous. I don’t think that by itself it is harmful in any way to any child. Young kids are not going to care either way what it is and for those older kids who do know what a condom is, better that a young, hot celebrity guy is modeling that one should always be prepared. In fact, here are my top five reasons that anyone who is single should be carrying a few condoms…
5. Always being prepared isn’t something just the Boy Scouts have cornered the market on. Even if you think there is no way in hell that you are going to get laid, carry a few anyway. People who get lucky unexpectedly and then don’t have a condom on themselves, end up getting unlucky with the lovely STD du jour or unplanned pregnancy. Yes, even Zac Efron could be an STD carrier, hard to imagine but true.
4. Don’t carry just one. I suggest carrying at least three at a time. In case one has gone bad and one breaks, you still have a reserve. And replace them often…body heat and wear and tear via your pocket twisting and compact closing on it in your purse damage condoms pretty quickly.
3. It reinforces to all future suitors that you are a responsible adult – that you are potentially relationship material because you care about yourself and your partner’s well-being. If you don’t want people to think this, it’s still a good idea to carry condoms so you don’t appear to be a disease breeding ground to whoever you are trying to bang.
2. Carrying condoms on your person (I’ve always liked that phrase for some reason); helps make you more conscious about sex. If you are tuned into protecting yourself, you are probably going to be more conscious about your sexual decision making period. Specifically, this means you probably won’t end up with as many skanky sex regrets.
1. Carrying condoms reinforces how in demand you truly are. It makes people think you are getting action and therefore, you must be attractive.
I think even Lorax would agree that carrying condoms is great way to protect your own pocket size Truffula tree and I’m happy Zac Efron could take the fall to demonstrate the importance of condom use. It makes us love you even more Mr. Efron.
Dr. Kat is the resident sexologist at Adam & Eve and also runs a private practice and media consulting business. She has a Doctorate from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. Her professional affiliations include AASECT, SSSS, and the American Board of Sexologists. She also has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and completed a postgraduate degree in Marriage, Family and Addictions Recovery Therapy.
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