The Perfect Way to Celebrate Global Female Condom Day

You’re keeping up on your holidays, aren’t you? World Orgasm Day was last month, Labor Day was earlier in September, and now it’s Global Female Condom Day. I don’t know about you, but I find the notion that I’m honoring female condoms with everyone else in the world pretty thrilling.

Here are some things we like about the female condom.

–It allows women more control over contraceptive and prophylactic decisions. Instead of hoping a male partner can be convinced to wear a condom, a woman can insert it vaginally and there it is!

–Transguys can use this condom too, though they may want to call it something else.

–Men who have sex with men might not be interested in something called a female condom (which is why the current version is being called FC2, a name rather like a Star Wars robot might be called) — but this device can also be used anally, by MSMs, women, or anybody else.

–It’s now made of nitrile, a synthetic rubber that is non-latex. So folks with latex allergies can indulge without worry.

–The female condom is designed with an outer ring that lies partially over the labia. This means that the FC2 gives more protection against herpes and HPV than a male-worn condom would.

–Some men who have tried using the FC2 (as the insertive partner) like the experience and feel it gives them more sensation. As reviewer safesex80 said at “The sensation is better than a normal condom cause it allows real movement on skin rather than movement through a tight latex layer. A little squeeze of lube on the inside is golden also.” (See more at: The FC2 page at also includes a video about its use.

As the Female Condom website reminds us, Global Female Condom Day is a collaborative effort of the National Female Condom Coalition and Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC) Joint Programme.

Oh, wait! I forgot to tell you about the perfect way to celebrate today. Get a female condom [] and have fabulous, creative, exploratory Female Condom Sex!

Do you have special plans or something to say about Global Female Condom Day? The hashtag is #GlobalFCDay — we’ll help get the word out, how about you?


Dr. Carol Queen

Carol Queen has a PhD in sexology; she calls herself a "cultural sexologist" because her earlier academic degree is in sociology: while she addresses individual issues and couple's sexual concerns, her overarching interest is in cultural issues (gender, shame, access to education, etc.). Queen has worked at Good Vibrations, the woman-founded sexuality company based in San Francisco that turned 35 years old in 2012, since 1990. Her current position is Staff Sexologist and Good Vibrations Historian; her roles include representing the company to the press and the public; overseeing educational programming for staff and others; and scripting/hosting a line of sex education videos, the Pleasure-Ed series, for GV’s sister company Good Releasing. She also curates the company's Antique Vibrator Museum. She is also the founding director of the Center for Sex & Culture, a non-profit sex ed and arts center San Francisco, and is a frequent lecturer at colleges, universities, and community-based organizations. Her dozen books include a Lambda Literary Award winner, PoMoSexuals, and Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture, which are used as texts in some college classes. She blogs at the Good Vibes Magazine and at SFGate's City Brights bloggers page and contributes to the Boston Dig. For more about her at

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