Key Words: Philippine strongman Duterte has some thoughts on condoms

Well, here’s a story you didn’t see coming. The Philippines’ autocratic president, Rodrigo Duterte, has a position on condoms. He’s against them.

The prophylactics, he said this week in an address to women, make sex less pleasurable, resorting to a sort of pantomine to make his point. Biting into a fully wrapped candy bar, he said:

‘Here, try eating it without unwrapping it. Eat it. That’s what a condom is like.’

President Rodrigo Duterte

Human Rights Watch, as one might expect, quickly expressed opposition to the Duterte remarks as potentially impeding progress in the global battle against HIV and AIDS.

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