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Negotiation Skills 101: The Condom

Effective negotiation skills can be a prophylactic against unwanted outcomes. But what of when the subject of negotiation is a prophylactic? I pass the microphone to lawyer and mediator Diane Levin at

Most of us still understand negotiation as an activity conducted at workplaces, in board rooms, in law offices, in union halls. ...

In doing so, we overlook the daily transactions that quietly make up life’s most important negotiations. And there’s one kind of negotiation in particular that holds serious consequences for those who lack the skill to succeed in it. ...

It’s a kind of negotiation that demands self-agency, the ability to advocate zealously for oneself and also to walk away if you can’t get to yes:

Condom negotiations.

Levin's point: Every sexually active teenager and adult should possess the ability to negotiate safe sexual practices. This is serious stuff, where the rubber meets the road of life, so to speak. It could be a matter of life and death. Levin provides pointers to several articles on negotiating condom use, asserting, "It's time at last to throw open the shades, let in the light, and talk about them openly."

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on July 2, 2008 at 01:57 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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