Here at Shanghaiist, we think the Letters from China blog has been busy carving their own blogging niche by reporting on yet another novelty condom available here in China. Not content with sharing the news that police warrant card and Lei Feng frangers were to be found in China, they have now identified the big bopper — Chairman Mao condoms:
Recently, a sex shop near the Nanyuan Road bus stop in Suzhou has chosen a surprising tactic: it is selling condoms in packages bearing the image of Mao Zedong. The shop even puts those condoms near naked models and fake penis. Many people see it as ergo [parody] and profiteering from Mao Zedong. One wonders whether the disgraced designers and merchants have lost their humanity?
Mao was by some accounts a bit of a root rat, so there appears to be a modicum of defence surrounding the manufacturer’s choice of the leading helmsmen for their product.
We hope that novelty condoms like these help to lower the rising incidence of sexually transmitted diseases here in China, namely syphilis and HIV. Want to know why such things are on the rise here? Fear of stigmatisation of STD carriers is reported to be one major problem, as is the neglect of public health concerns. One area we may think is worth investing some money in is sex education, which may go a long way to help clarify some misconceptions about unprotected sex and STDs.
In contrast to the plethora of Mao trinkets available around China, we think this is a much better gift for our friends back home. We also think now the true believers can screw the rest of the population (just like the man pictured on the box used to)!
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Tip and picture taken from Letters From China blog.