Apparently, when Will.I.Am wants to get it started with a woman, he’d prefer she wasn’t packing her own protection.
In an interview with Elle Magazine, the hit maker chopped it up about his childhood heroes, his absentee father, and his pet peeves. One of his gripes, however, made me raise my eyebrows and give Will a quick side-eye.
When asked, “If you walked into a woman’s house, what one item would convince you that you weren’t compatible?” The super-producer gave an answer that sounded so 2000 and late.
“If she had condoms in her house, that would just fuckin’ throw me off. That’s just tacky,” Will.I.Am responded.
Elle’s Andrew Goldman followed up with another question, giving Will a way to redeem himself, but again, he failed.
ELLE: Well, okay, I could see if she had a candy bowl full of them on the coffee table. But if she’s got a few in a drawer, wouldn’t that simply suggest she’s health-conscious?
W: I just think, like, if you’re into someone and you guys get to that level, then that’s something you should converse about together and say, “Hey, maybe we should get some.”
While some may say, “Who cares what Will.I.Am thinks!” having someone so visible discount the need for women to carry their own protection is not only dumb, but it’s dangerous.
Women, especially Black women, contract STDs at disproportionate rates, and I wonder how many women have slept with their partner sans protection because they were shamed into not buying their own.
While I agree with Will.I.Am that couples should keep the communication lines open about their sexual histories and relationships, in 2011 men AND women need to make sure they have condoms at the ready, just in case their partner isn’t prepared.
What do you think of Will.I.Am’s comments? Are women who carry their own condoms ‘tacky’? Sound off!