Monday, November 17, 2008


Monday, November 17, 2008

In the drugstore last Friday I heard the guy standing beside me place his order. In a apparently discomfited squeaky voice, he stammered, “E-e-en-en-e-en-endurance ba iyon?” I turned my head to look at him. He was blushing to the roots of his hair! Poor guy. I had to will myself not to laugh out loud. His awkwardness about buying the product—whatever it is—piqued my curiosity. Endurance must be really something interesting, I thought. Maybe it's a condom brand. Or judging from its name, it must be a sexual potency drug like Viagra? Or a sex toy like a penis ring vibrator? Why else would he be so mortified? (Or it can just be a brand of multi-vitamins! Drugstores simply make him nervous.)

Why are people so ashamed of making coitus-related purchases? The guilt factor is always at play, treating the entire thing—contraceptives, sex aides and the act itself—as sinful, ugly and repulsive. We now live in an age of accelerating waves of biotechnological advances that witnessed the mapping of the human genome and yet we still consider the natural origin of human life—the sexual act--as taboo.


Kayni said...

i attribute that shame or feel of guilt to Catholic influence and lack of sex education.

Anonymous said...

Endurance is a brand of condom that can change a lover mindset from you can't touch me ever ( vaginismus) to you can have me always (365 Nights: A Memoir of Intimacy).

Don't ask, don't tell. :)

"...the natural origin of human life -- the sexual act...". Is that a oxymoronic scientific creationism term? Read Stephen Jay Gould's Nonoverlapping Magisteria (NOMA).

Live and let live. :)

Angeli said...

Hi Kayni. I think you're right.

Hi Anonymous. And i thought it was for curing his stutter.. :)
By the way, does it have to be strawberry? hahaha
I read Stephen Jay Gould's essay. NOMA can be translated in Filipino as "walang pakialamanan." :)

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