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Finally, A Condom You Can Unwrap With One Hand

Finally, A Condom You Can Unwrap With One Hand
Arts & Culture

London-based designer Benjamin Pawle creates a condom wrapper that doesn't require two hands. All we can ask is, 'Why did it take so long?'

Karen Baker
  • 6 september 2012

All images credit Benjamin Pawle

Designing for the extremes – universal design – has been applied to nearly every field, from kitchen utensils to transportation. So why is it that when it comes to something ‘universal’ as sex, there has been little to show in the way of innovation?

As part of his ‘Preserving Human Dignity’ project, Benjamin Pawle designed a concept for a one-handed condom wrapper with insights gleaned from his research on those with Hemiplegia, a condition that leaves half the body paralyzed. Opening a condom during the act is often already a struggle; opening it when you only have use of one hand is even worse. One of his participants explains,

I have found ways to hack many routine tasks but opening a condom remains a challenge. You’re not supposed to use teeth and it would have been weird to ask her – it could have gone a bit smoother…

With Pawle’s one-handed condom wrapper, getting ready to perform is quite literally a snap.

As creator Ben Pawle describes on his website, the wrapper is:

Designed to be easily opened, boosting feelings of confidence, allowing the individual to perform and sustain a mood without the awkward distraction of a difficult wrapper. The project evolved from a healthcare project concerning Hemiplegia […] with particular focus on how indignity manifests itself when performing simple daily tasks; working to reduce or prevent these moments from occurring by providing an inclusively designed intervention.

Watch how the simple the wrapper is to open below:

The project will be on exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum for the London Design Festival this month.

One-Handed Condom Wrapper

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