It's said that life's only certainties are death and taxes. I'd add one more certainty: sex.
We are all, for the most part, created through sex (although with the rise of IVF births in the past decades, this is changing). We think about sex, we engage in sex, and we desire sex.
Sex is a natural part of our existence. So why is most discussion about it riddled with conflict?
I'm not saying it should necessarily be easy to talk about sex. Sex is messy. It's personal, it's emotional, and it's all too often confused with religion and politics.
But current public discussion more often than not seeks to polarize the sexual act. Political camps are set up determining who should be having sex, and who shouldn't, as well as who can have access to contraceptives and medical procedures, and who cannot.
These discussions are vitally important to breaking down bigoted thinking and policies, particularly related to women's health rights, and defending the equality of the LGBT community.
But I'd like to push for another topic to enter the mainstream discussion: the practice of safe sex.
Safe sex doesn't just mean using a form of contraceptive or STI preventative. Safe sex is consensual. It is fulfilling for all parties involved. Safe sex goes beyond a physical product that can be applied, consumed, or utilized, and instead incorporates all facets of the sexual act.
I founded Conscious Contraceptives to provide a safe and trustworthy venue to purchase contraceptives and sexual products. Beyond just the availability (along with discreet shipping and billing) of these goods, Conscious Contraceptives strives to provide education and awareness.
Inspired by the "one-for-one" charity model of TOMS shoes and Warby Parker, a portion of every purchase from Conscious Contraceptives is contributed toward donating desperately needed contraceptives to underserved communities both domestically and in foreign countries. In addition to the donations, ConCon.org partners with U.S.-based and international organizations to promote ongoing sexual education to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and the number of unplanned pregnancies throughout the world.