The Philadelphia Inquirer published an article on the history of condoms yesterday, inspired by a forthcoming book called The Humble Little Condom: A History. Apparently condoms aren't that new of an invention, dating back possibly to cave-dwelling times (at least they had their priorities straight: birth control, then the wheel). They were originally constructed out of animal skins or "innards" and tied with a ribbon or piece of twine. The biggest setback condoms experienced was the Comstock laws of the late 1870s in America, where more than 3,000 people were arrested for condom-related crimes. I guess we've come a long way.
Cross-posted on campusprogress.org/blog.