The 9/9 edition of the E-R featured an article detailing the state legislature’s failure to find a remedy for the perplexing problem of “stealthing”. Despite the fact that this effort has been ongoing since 2017, I was ignorant of just what “stealthing” is. For those who share my ignorance, “stealthing” is the secret removal of a condom while actively engaging in sexual intercourse. I was not only unaware that secretly removing a condom during intercourse was a problem requiring legislative action, but unaware that such an act was even possible. However, the article referenced websites purportedly offering tips and techniques in how to accomplish this dubious feat.
The fact that a person could surreptitiously remove a condom while being so engaged, makes me wonder if I have been performing sexual intercourse incorrectly all of these years. And for what purpose is this done? I feel the condom is the greatest invention since the invention of sexual intercourse itself. As a young man, I, like others, faithfully carried a condom at all times in order to be prepared should the rare opportunity to actually engage in sexual intercourse present itself. Oddly, it seems men who pursue this “stealthing”, do so while employing the services of what are now called “sex workers”. I cannot conceive of a circumstance in which a condom could be of greater benefit than intercourse with a “sex worker”. So, pity the poor legislature. Struggling with wildfires, drought, homelessness, global warming, poverty and now, “stealthing”.
— David White, Oroville