“Always use a condom.” That’s a term that’s been instilled in our brains since we were teens. There’s nothing more important than practicing safe sex, and in Cuba they’re definitely using those rubbers. In a fascinating story published at Reuters, Cubans are using their massive supply of condoms for practicing safe sex and also by showing how resourceful they are by using them for an assortment of other things.
The story discusses how — because of Cuba’s turbulent history with trade — Cubans have to resort to using condoms for practical purposes. Some use them for fishing, tying hair, and wine distillery.
In Cuba, condom use stretches far beyond sex https://t.co/TWFeA32msQ pic.twitter.com/8ZB6onGYGt
— Reuters UK (@ReutersUK) September 6, 2018
“We can’t allow clients to leave upset that we couldn’t do something because we lacked the tools so instead we look for alternatives,” Sandra Hernandez, a hair stylist, told Reuters. She uses them for various hair styles.
A fisherman — who inflate them like balloons — says that condoms help to catch big fish. A wine maker also told Reuters that by using the condom as a bottle top, “It really increases the alcohol percentage and improves the process of fermentation, as well as that of clarification.”
It’s so amazing to see the various uses, but more incredible to see how reliable condoms are. A running joke, typically from men, is that condoms are too binding, too restrictive, and not big enough to handle a penis. Psshhh, these Cubans are proving all myths about condoms out the window!
Another interesting fact is how wasteful Americans are. When in actuality we can be using what we already have for a variety of things. Cubans are showing that not only can they be resourceful in using the little they have, but they can be successful at it too.
@SinsOfThe60s tweeted: “I was in Cuba a couple weeks ago and I saw a little girl playing with a condom balloon. now it all makes sense.”
We can only imagine the many other ways condoms can be used. We must find out!