Cockfight

Man with rubber fetish keeps the hits coming: Would it surprise you to learn that the world’s leading condom designer is Indian?

Dr. Alla Venkata Krishna Reddy is the designer of at least three successful specialty condoms (the Pleasure Plus, the Inspiral and the Trojan Twisted Pleasure) and one female condom (the V-Amour). The tragedy of his head-onistic genius is that he’s completely wrapped up in I. Pee litigation (via Boing Boing). He’s getting shafted by his own patents — it’s autolitigious stimulation.

Reddy’s great contribution to the universe of condom design… [was that] Reddy viewed them as devices that could help enhance male pleasure…

… Reddy’s first condom company failed in the mid-’90s and he lost control of his patents in a bankruptcy auction… He returned to his native India and continued to tweak his innovative designs, and with the help of partners in the United States, soon reentered the American market, first with the Inspiral, and then with the [Trojan] Twisted Pleasure… So, tragically, Reddy is being sued for violating his own patents. [Link]

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p>Randy Reddy [was] dubbed the ‘Leonardo’ of condomsReddy started with a condom with a pouch at the end, progressing to an unholy spiral and then two in the latest incarnation. It’s like Gillette razors, pretty soon there’ll be five spirals with built-in vibration They’ve sold well and won awards from such paragons of hard news as Cosmo, Men’s Health and Maxim:

“When I rolled it on, my penis looked like Marvin the Martian,” says a staffer. “But when I took a look in the middle of things, the extra fabric had twisted itself into a pinwheel shape. It actually lives up to its name…” [Link]

Dr Reddy [was] dubbed the “Leonardo” of condoms by Adam Glickman, president of Condomania… [Link]

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p>Despite all the backslapping, he didn’t get cocky. Although Reddy didn’t nail the business side of things with his first design, he turned over a fresh wrapper by licensing to the biggest, Trojan. His ex-business partner, a former accountant, was feeling his oats. In a tort-ish mood, again he sued.

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p>The same judge who ruled in favor of Reddy the first time is presiding over the Twisted Pleasure case. The judge has gotta love that docket. I’m sure he’s demanding free samples so he gets some first-hand experience. It’s vital before the briefs are dropped off and the orgal arguments begin. As for Dr. Reddy, his wife and three sons, I’ve got just three words for you:

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p>Coolest… uncle… ever.

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p>I wonder how conversations go at their kitty parties:

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p>AUNTIE NO. 1: ‘So, vat does your husband do?’

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p>SAROJINI AUNTIE: ‘Umm… plastics.’

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p>Oh yes, there will be pictures:

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Pleasure Plus
Inspiral
Twisted Pleasure: up and coming
V-Amour female condom

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94 thoughts on “Cockfight

  1. The last one looks like a mushroom. Clam and Mushroom?

    For some reason, the male condoms above remind me of the Oscar statue. Coincidentally I was reading Bukowski yesterday, those who have seen the movie “Talk to her” would know what I am talking about – that would be a terrific Freudian link behind the flash of inspiration that led to the invention of these.

  2. These are also very good for guys who have trouble (ahem) fitting into traditional condoms, or guys who are uncut. The extra room on top accomodates foreskin quite nicely, while being ribbed for her pleasure.

    Of course, the best way to accomodate men of various sizes and shapes is to use a female condom. While not quite as aesthetically pleasing, it really is one size fits all.

    It really isn’t true what they say about Asian men …

    p.s. I think the superhero you wanted was the older, and more classic, “Plastic Man

  3. I know how his kids feel…My dad was thinking about opening a condom factory in Kenya, and for a year or two there, instead of the nice pretty picture books that sat on coffee tables at other “respectable” households, we had various boxes of condoms…I found it amusing, my lil bro not so much.

    come to think of it, the only picture books we ever had lying around, were of the human body, specifically the nether regions…

    that was life in a house headed by an OB/GYN :)

  4. This was hilarious.

    I’m actually really impressed to see that Dr. Reddy designed a female condom too. While it’s cool that an Indian is the father of the creative condom, a female condom, as opposed to traditional male ones, leaves contraception in the woman’s hands. (This female condom looks pretty innovative too…the base of the …stalk-y looking thing is thicker and looks like it would stay in place, as opposed to other female condoms that tend to slip around and lose their purpose.)

    It’s too bad this guy’s not politically motivated. Free condoms to schools could be part of a great sex ed program and be free advertising for the companies.

  5. Ah, I think I have something to offer here.

    During my Abhi-themed BSc, I met a girl who worked for Inspiral Condoms (or whatever the parent company is). She gave a few free samples out to all and sundry. I didn’t want to be greedy and take too many, but then I realised she had BOXES of them. And THEN I noticed ‘MADE IN INDIA’ and it was such a novelty I had to have more (perhaps knowing they were Indian added a sense of danger!)

    So I took 500.

    I must’ve saved hundreds of pounds over the years. Was it worth it? Nah Inspiral aren’t that great…but definitely worth a try. The spring-action effect is very cool but they just don’t feel that great. Haven’t tried the company’s latest offering though.

  6. And THEN I noticed ‘MADE IN INDIA’ and it was such a novelty I had to have more (perhaps knowing they were Indian added a sense of danger!)

    BB, I’m cracking up right now! Have you seen that Seinfeld episode where Kramer gets all those generic condoms from Bob Sackamano, then George thinks he got his girlfriend pregnant with one of them? Hilarious, yo.

    I must’ve saved hundreds of pounds over the years.

    Hee hee! I hope you checked the expiration dates ;)

  7. Hee hee! I hope you checked the expiration dates ;)

    I doubt my girlfriend would want me divulging exactly how long it took to use all 500. But thanks for the concern Rupa – you’re someone that understands what it’s like…

    “Honey, get the condom” “Sure baby” Light on, check what’s in the packet, check expiry, check blood group, rhesus status, get 2 nurses to record it in the notes and counter-sign. Ensure sterile method and open packet. Use.

    You know, they were giving out more free condoms at Freshers’ this year (I never miss a freebie), which the rep told me were “honestly-named condoms”. They were called ‘Mood Killers’.

    (You know Rupa, we both blogged about Grey’s Anatomy. But we have rather different views.)

  8. Who uses condoms?

    People who The Pill doesn’t agree with? People who don’t want to get STIs? People who can’t take The Pill? Too few African and Asian men.

  9. Too few African and Asian men

    My dad told me that back in the day there was a HUGE resistance to condoms in Kenya and other African countries, and public health officials couldn’t figure out why (it wasn’t just a case of sensation loss).

    Well it turned out it was a colour issue…back then condoms were more opaque (and therefore appeared more white when worn) and black African men (and women) were horrified at the thought of their member appearing “white.” Bringing new meaning to being F’d by the whities…

    I thought that was really really interesting… any thoughts?

    Who uses condoms?

    The smart sexually active person. Because other people are dirty and have cooties.

    Even if STIs are not a concern, it is advised that couples not wishing to conceive use two methods of birth control.

  10. Too few African and Asian men.

    And desis are the worst at getting tested regularly too. Worries me tremendously. Whether you’re using condoms or not, if you’re getting laid, get tested. Think of it as community service.

  11. Because other people are dirty and have cooties.

    Condoms are not effective against crabs.

  12. BB: so true. And ‘Mood Killer’ was what we nicknamed our entire Labor & Delivery rotation.

    Kenyandesi: How did they solve that problem? Do you know if they finally marketed darker condoms in Africa? I remember hearing about that problem when The Patch first came out…it only came in one color and minority females were really opposed to wearing it because it was so obvious on their skin….like, Look at me, ya’ll!!! I have sex!!

    (Although buying condoms is just as “brazen” I guess. And so is pregnancy. Hmm. Okay, shutting up now.)

  13. Even if STIs are not a concern, it is advised that couples not wishing to conceive use two methods of birth control.

    Really? I thought that a condom was 99% effective – that is, 100 couples going at it for a year should find that only one got preggers at the end. Do you really have to use the condom and a sponge?

    – DD (Not really from Djibouti, but I just like saying it)

  14. Wow – those are some scary stats. I was also surprised to see that, on average, a female condom was no more effective than a diaphragm. Heck – even the pill has a failure rate of 5%.

  15. Wow – those are some scary stats.

    Wondering about that too. The study is dated, 1997. I expect the current technology is more reliable. Also, the middle column is typical usage rate, not the best scenario.

  16. I doubt that 1 out of 100 people will get pregnant even with a condom, much less 14 out of a 100! Both seem too high. I don’t think that’s what the 99% stat means. And if it does….

    I have to question the research methods, and whether the condoms in question were used properly to begin with, or maybe some broke….which is probably pretty rare.. I’m sure that 1 out of every 100 condoms will not break. Or, maybe some folks were embarassed they didn’t use a condom (and alot of people don’t after they get comfortable with a partner for a while), so they just used the “condom malfunctioned” excuse.

  17. Heck – even the pill has a failure rate of 5%.

    Again, I have to question if the pills were used properly by the 5% for which the pill failed. Most people will not admit they forgot to take pill, or didn’t take it at the correct time of day, etc, etc. It has to be taken properly to be effective… so probably not so much as a pill error as a human one.

  18. Really? I thought that a condom was 99% effective
    Wow – those are some scary stats. I was also surprised to see that, on average, a female condom was no more effective than a diaphragm. Heck – even the pill has a failure rate of 5%.

    Well the failure rates increase with improper use. Often times people put condoms on after they’ve begun intercourse forgetting that pre-cum has sperm, or condoms tear/break, or are expired or stored improperly, or are put on the wrong way and then turned around…remember that it takes only ONE sperm to fertilize an egg.

    As for the pill, women aren’t completely consistent and the pill demands that for effectiveness…

  19. I’m sure that 1 out of every 100 condoms will not break.

    The study does not say that. It says how many women got pregnant out of hundred in a year of usage. Also, note the difference between typical usage rate and lowest expected rate columns for various methods, for implants, both figures are about 0.09% (very low). For other methods, which require handling, remembering to take pill etc, the difference is much more. Obviously the typical usage rate takes into account people forgetting to take a pill, not using the condom properly and even sometimes foregoing it.

    Assuming a woman has sex 200 times a year, using the best case 3% figure and assuming every condom failure results in pregnancy, the probability of condom failure works out to be 0.00015, that’s astoundingly low. I would think it is more like 0.1 – 0.5% rate of failure (the difference explained by the fact that every condom failure does not result in pregnancy).

  20. Rupa wrote:

    How did they solve that problem?

    well condoms today are a lot more see-through..I’m talking about when they looked much like white latex gloves…

    I heard makers of ortho-evra (the patch) are looking into other colours.

  21. Because other people are dirty and have cooties.
    Condoms are not effective against crabs.

    I was talking about these cooties: AIDS, chlamydia, genital herpers, genital warts, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, and syphilis

    not these ones

  22. I would think it is more like 0.1 – 0.5% rate of failure (the difference explained by the fact that every condom failure does not result in pregnancy).

    Yes, I agree. That’s what I meant.

  23. I think, given that the study is 8 years old, that probably today’s statistics may indicate less failure rate with certain methods– ie, the pill. In addition to such convenient offerings as Seasonale and Yasmin, the effectiveness has improved greatly.

    It’s not your Mama’s birth control… ;)

  24. Although it is called “New Contraceptive Choices” this report cover all the old favorites, and was released in April 2005.

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    pdf

    It covers: Vaginal Rings Transdermal Contraception Contraceptive Implants Combined Injectables Condoms Fertility Awareness-Based Methods Oral Contraceptives Intrauterine Devices Transcervical Female Sterilization Male Hormonal Contraception

  25. OK! I am not going to argue against KenyanDesi. Apart from being a 55 expert, shes a Condom expert too :)

  26. Your that is not allowed near my this without a condom on it, whether I’m on the pill or not, dammit. I’m super paranoid, plus it’s easier clean-up for me. BOOYAKA!

  27. Apart from being a 55 expert, shes a Condom expert too

    OÝa Bula Bula Bi, I care only about the things that really count ;)

  28. Reminds me of the story, where a kid is asking his mom why his bro is named Thundestorm and was told that there was a thunder storm the night of the conception, and he kept thinking how could his name be broken rubber.

  29. Your that is not allowed near my this without a condom on it, whether I’m on the pill or not, dammit.

    Fuerza Dulce, whatever your reasons, Good for you!!!

  30. Shame on you all for discussing this so openly and without any laaj. In my day we never had sex, we didn’t even know what sex was. Many of us still don’t, despite having about a dozen children. You should never use a condom — sex is only for married couples, and only then for the sake of making babies. In fact, you should only do it in the complete dark, and don’t you dare even taking your clothes off. And for God’s sake don’t make any noise, because you don’t want any creaky bedsprings or “ooohs” and “aaahs” to wake up Uncle and Auntie in their own bedrooms down the corridor (being good desi children I’m sure you all live in nice extended families). If you’re a woman, God help you if you actually enjoy it — good Indian ladies don’t enjoy “it”, even when they’re married. Tauba tauba tauba. No I don’t want to hear about the Kama Sutra or any of those embarassing temple carvings in Khajuraho.

    Good Indian girls just lie there and let their husbands get on with it. Some slobbering, some grappling, and then three seconds later it’s all over with a gasp of “Oh Bipasha” (if you’re lucky) and “Oi Maa” (if you’re unlucky — but we won’t talk about that…)

  31. three seconds later it’s all over

    Three seconds? THREE SECONDS?!

    Man, are you superhuman? That’s like six times longer than my record! Wow your wife/girlfriend/life partner/gerbil must be a very lucky woman/schoolgirl/confused young man/rodent.

    Funny post though Jai. I wonder what opinions are like these days? I’d like to have a big discussion about Desi attitudes to sex (Razib, no A+ allowed) but seeing as my blog attracts one lonely surfer who typed in the wrong address and a mountain goat, perhaps SM is the place? hint hint

    My two cents:

    [I just wrote a whole essay on Indian guys and girls, NRIs and FOBs but I realised I sounded like some sleazy filth merchant. So I deleted. As soon as you all tell me that's what you thought of me anyway, I may re-word it. Or wait for the SM SEX DISCUSSION.]

    Come on you lot, let’s have a Sepia Orgy. I am very interested to know brown opinions to sex in 2005.

  32. All desis are not created equal. For example Jamaican desi males (like myself) are internationally renowned for laying down pipe.

  33. You’re plumbers? Excellent. Look mate, I’ve had this terrible problem with the downstairs loo, it’s not flushing properly. Can you fit a new stop-cock?

  34. I am very interested to know brown opinions to sex in 2005.

    Me, too. Out with it!

    Actually, I’m more interested in how the opinions have changed in the subcontinent.

  35. Leaky females? You’re an incontinence expert? I didn’t realise you were a medical man! Personally I tell all my patients to work our their pelvic floor muscles at the bus stop. Cosmo ran a great series of exercises ALL ladies can do to:

    Avoid those little accidents when you laugh a ‘wee’ bit too hard and

    Launch that ping pong ball a few metres further.

    Why WERE Mario and Luigi plumbers in the international release? Weren’t they carpenters orginally? Or am I making this up?

    Anyway, let’s not get distracted from my main objective – getting an SM thread on sex.

    Lord Kitchener has weighed in with his servicing of Jamaican ladies. Clearly a whole thread is needed.

  36. Look, Ang WANTS IT REALLY BADLY as well. A debate, that is. Whether it’ll become a MASS DEBATE remains to be seen.

    I have lots more bad jokes if my request is not noted. It doesn’t have to be now – it doesn’t have to be tomorrow. I just want written confirmation that SM will do a thread entirely dedicated to attitudes to sex amongst desis all over the world before I get married and stop having sex forever.