ConCon’s Condom Crusade Encourages Doing the (Good) Deed
Published: Friday, February 10, 2012
Updated: Saturday, February 11, 2012 12:02
"Do good while feeling good" is Conscious Contraceptives' motto, and they mean it quite literally.
ConCon is an organization that strives to aid sexual health and education by spreading love and awareness.
It's like TOMS Shoes, but with condoms.
"[ConCon] gives the consumers the ability to be philanthropic with every purchase that they make, and it's giving them the opportunity to put their funds toward a better organization," said Cory Capoccia, ConCon's founder.
ConCon.org sells a plethora of name brand condoms, contraceptives and complimentary items that are discretely delivered to your door, and it benefits underserved communities.
Capoccia said global sexual health issues such as STDs, HIV/AIDS and family planning are all huge problems across the globe.
Seeing the need for help, Capoccia joined with Support for International Change, an organization with a foothold in rural communities in Northern Tanzania. SIC provides community-based services to fight HIV and AIDS.
They promote sexual education in order to reduce disease and unwanted pregnancies. Capoccia said ConCon is not in the business of giving a man a fish, but rather teaching them to fish.
"One of our goals through this partnership is to be able to enable [SIC] to expand and continue to grow their footprint throughout Africa," said Capoccia.
As for working with organizations abroad versus domestic ones, Capoccia said it has been interesting.
"It's very different the problems that you encounter," he said. "What I've gathered is that domestic organizations get caught up in a lot of politics, but with the organizations abroad you have more logistical obstacles and cultural differences that you have to work through."
Capoccia said they are trying to make ConCon a part of a really progressive movement in terms of sexuality.
"As a society, we're getting better but it's still very uncomfortable [to discuss sexuality] because it's something so private," he said. "The fact of the matter is sex is part of life, if it's wasn't, we wouldn't be here."
Capoccia said it's a matter of education and getting people more comfortable with themselves and with their bodies, which they should respect.
ConCon buys all of the condoms that they donate locally, supporting local manufacturing and commerce in Africa.
"Because we're able to purchase them [in Africa], we're actually able to channel a lot of the donated funds more to the ongoing education and on-the-ground efforts that are happening via SIC volunteers as well as local Tanzanians," he said.
ConCon is able to give more with their sister organization, while consumers get just what they were looking for.
ConCon.org has pretty much everything you would find in the contraception aisle at the drugstore and then some. They also have cosmetics, bath products and personal massagers, all at very competitive prices.
Capoccia said they pride themselves for being on par with chain drugstores, only they are able to donate proceeds.
For some, the prospect of going out and buying contraception is embarrassing.
Condoms and related products are typically only available in drug stores and grocery stores which, Capoccia said, are really awkward places to be purchasing such very intimate items.
"People may get in the door or checkout line, and see a friend come through, or even just complete strangers, and it's really awkward if you have a box of condoms or any sort of related items," he said.
Condoms are products everyone needs, and that everyone should be using, Capoccia said. Yet it is still a hassle to buy them.
Purchased goods are mailed with generic billing information, so as to not arouse any suspicions. There is also an automatic shipping option that will keep sending your favorite brands as often as you'd like.
Capoccia said it's better to have what you need on hand, so as to never find yourself in a compromising position because you're empty handed.
ConCon has been touring colleges and will be coming to Arizona State University on February 14.
Capoccia said he encourages students to check them out when they're on campus, and to look into volunteering with SIC.
"This is a great organization and a cause that needs more support," he said.
For more information, visit concon.org