If you ever feel you’re going nowhere in your life and everything you do is pointless, think about the guy who invented the male bra, or the one who commercialized the pet rock (literally a rock with a USB portal that worked for nothing at all). Now, there’s a saying that goes like this: "there’s nothing more dangerous than a resourceful idiot." In that realm there are many examples we can discuss, but we’re gonna save you some time and go directly to the point, and that’s the guy who invented the Jiftip, or the tip condom. Although this invention is still in beta testing, it's actually close to being commercialized and can bring a lot of damage to public health. So what’s all the fuzz with this and why should it be banned?
Just as the name suggests, the Jiftip is a plastic sticker shaped like a fidget spinner that you’re supposed to adhere to the tip of the penis. As it is promoted on the website, this artifact is supposed to protect you from unwanted pregnancies and some STIs, since it works as a barrier that impedes fluids coming in or out. So, where does the problem come from? It all started with its own creation. It was invented by a man who wanted to experience sex au naturel with the safety a condom provides. Nowadays condoms are fabricated with such an advanced technology that there are even some that provide that sensation. But no, this man wanted something else. Now, if you think about it, there’s one important reason why condoms cover all the length of the penis, and that is because there are diseases that can be spread just by the touch of the skin. So, for starters, this tip condom is already futile.
But let’s go back to the creation of this innovative method. This guy wanted something you could barely notice but that would still protect you. In order to do so, according to C. Poly’s article on Bust, this guy really tried it all to come with his genius invention, even supergluing his urethra and wrapping the head of his penis with multiple materials. So, let’s say he finally found something you could barely notice. The problem is right in front of you as soon as you enter the website. It states that the main problem with sex is that the only unprotected part from the male anatomy is the tip or the head of the penis: “our healthy skin protects everything but the tip.” Then he continues by saying that the solution is to “Cover the tip and seal it tight. Nothing gets in or out until you remove it.” Now, there are two main problems with these two statements. The first one we already discussed it and it’s completely wrong. But what about the second one?
In an ideal world, assuming that the only thing unprotected is the tip, this invention is brilliant. I mean, if nothing can really come in and out, you’re basically covered. Now, not only is this untrue, but there’s also a huge problem with that barrier, and that is precisely what they brag about. Theoretically, this device is supposed to be worn way before the sexual activity, that is, when the penis is soft. So, the head of the penis is concealed for a considerable time. After the sexual relationship, you’re supposed to “discharge” the semen produced naturally. Take the Jiftip off (some users who have tried it say it’s kind of painful), wash it, and throw it away. The problem is that if you don’t have a natural way of discharging that semen, it can easily go up through the urethra and reach your bladder, causing infections in the urinary tract. Moreover, it can really affect the proper functioning of your sphincter and cause infertility issues in the future.
It may sound like a good idea –honestly, I don’t think so–, but this product has more red flags than the glitter vaginal bombs (and that’s to say a lot). For starters, one mustn't trust a website that’s full of inconsistencies, where the first thing they tell you is that it’s meant to protect you from STIs but later on states it doesn’t prevent them. It’s just a matter of logic. You wear condoms to protect you entirely, so what’s the point of only covering one small fraction? So, please, just don’t.