I’d like to hear your take on how a guy can smoothly handle the condom issue early in the dating relationship (assuming things get hot and heavy on the first few dates — before the “safe sex talk” comes up).
For example, on the first few dates, the guy is not sure if he is going to ‘get lucky’ or not with the woman he’s dating.
If things start to get intimate early on, the guy is going to look pretty tacky if he just whips a condom out of his pocket when it’s time. The woman would probably think, “The jerk must think I’m always easy — that he put a condom in his pocket EXPECTING sex!”
So what’s he supposed to do to make this go more smoothly? If he just whips out a condom out of his wallet, she’ll probably think he’s looking like the promiscuous high school football star.
The guy could just not bring condoms on the early dates (so it doesn’t look too obvious that he’s just out for sex), and hope the woman has one in her belongings or at her place. But then the woman could be thinking the guy is not very responsible, and he’s leaving it to her to bring the goods.
Perhaps the guy could put some in his glove compartment and tell her, “Hey, I didn’t know we were going to get intimate on this 1st (or 2nd) date, but I do have a condom in my glove compartment, I think.” It would chill the sudden hot intimacy while he has to dash out to his car, but how else does a guy not look like a jerk in this whole process if things get unexpectedly sexual early on?
First off, kudos to you for asking this. It’s not only a fun question, but an original one, as well.
Second, you’ve clearly thought this through, although I’m quite sure I don’t agree with your final conclusion.
Dashing to the car to retrieve a rubber from the glove compartment? I know you were going for some sort of compromise between prepared and unprepared, but this isn’t it. Might as well turn on Jay Leno and pour two glasses of milk, because your mood has already been ruined.
So let’s discuss the two alternatives you brought up and allow me to counter with one that you don’t seem to have considered.
You’re right about the perception of the guy who carries the condom in his wallet. I did it myself for years and got nothing out of it, except for a bunch of wallets with raised ring outlines. And, as you acknowledged, it comes off as a bit too slick and tacky. While being prepared is usually a good idea, the negative connotations outweigh the benefits of preparedness.
The other idea you came up with is not bringing condoms on dates, in hopes that the woman is prepared. This is a far better scenario, and I don’t believe that it indicates that you’re not responsible. Rather, it indicates that you didn’t expect to be in the position to have sex.
But what I want to posit with the rest of this post is a mind-blowing new take for men on how to deal with sex and early-phase dating.
Don’t do it….
See, that’s the supposition underlying all dates: “When are we gonna have sex?” And although sex can make things very exciting, it often leads to disastrous results.
Unless both parties are on the same page with either an exclusive relationship or an agreed-upon casual relationship, it’s likely that one person will feel stronger than the other. And you know how that plays out:
You two have sex on the second date.
She thinks this means you want to be her boyfriend.
You think it was fun, but don’t see her as your future wife.
Her heart gets broken.
You feel like a jerk.
This is dating, in five lines.
So what I’m proposing here is a whole new paradigm shift — one in which hot-and-heavy, spontaneous, condom scrambling never takes place again.
Why? Because you’re actually going to talk about sex before you have it. And what are you going to say, Jim?
“I don’t have sex with anyone with whom I’m not in an exclusive relationship. Which is why I don’t carry condoms with me anywhere.”
It’s crazy, I know.
But once I started doing this, the results were astounding.
Women would say, “Are you serious?”
And I’d say, “Completely.”
And they’d say, playfully, “You mean if I tried to seduce you right now, you’d say no?”
And I’d say, “That’s right.”
And they’d smile and stare at me and say, “Hmmm…”
And what I’ve established with that one declaration is this:
I’m not going to rape her.
I’m not trying to take her home tonight.
I’m not out for just sex.
I don’t sleep around.
I have integrity.
Saying no to spontaneous sex gives a man power. Constantly chasing sex makes him weak. I’m not saying that spontaneous sex isn’t fun, or that I’m morally above it. I’m saying that nothing bad comes out of saying no.
Either you’ll avoid breaking hearts (which is a good thing) or you’ll make sex into something special (which is a good thing). Regardless, she’ll respect you for taking an unusual stand.
And more likely than not, she’ll feel so comfortable with you that if you do choose to have sex, you’ll be able to have it the next time out, but not until you’ve had a genuine conversation about what it means.
Say no to spontaneous sex.
More power, less heartbreak.