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"It is much easier and cheaper for a man aged 17-25 to get his hands on a fistful of rubbers than it is for his girlfriend to get a prescription for an oral contraceptive such as the combined pill or long-acting reversible contraception like an IUD"

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Not if it rained free condoms from the sky would some Irish men wear one.

So the number of twisted knickers over the ­introduction of free ­contraception for women aged 17-25 from next ­August was something else this week.

Johnny's got you covered, as the 2012 HSE ad campaign famously went.

Stephen, not so much, ­after the announcement by the Minister for Health about Tuesday's Budget, that the measure will not apply to young men of the same age, who will presumably also be doing all this riding.

Defending the move, slated by many as making women solely responsible for ­preventing unplanned ­pregnancies, Minister Donnelly reminded us that: "Condoms are already freely available from public sexual health clinics and colleges/universities across the country. They do not require a prescription, or repeat visits to a doctor."

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And I don't say this very often, but he's got kind of got a point.

Now it is far from ideal that free birth control is not already available to men and women of all ages.

Not to mention that offering the pill does nothing to safeguard young women and their partners from STIs.

But it is much easier and cheaper for a man aged 17-25 to get his hands on a fistful of rubbers than it is for his girlfriend to get a prescription for an oral contraceptive such as the combined pill or long-acting reversible contraception like an IUD.

Still, Ireland's rising STI figures show plenty are still engaging in ungloved love.

Although I have to admit I'm sort of secretly impressed by the 876 Irish people who managed to contract one during lockdown. Culturally, young men today are still discouraged from packing their own parachute.

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Just listen to these charming lyrics to the song of the summer, Tion Wayne and Russ Millions' Body remix: "Have you seen the state of her body? If I beat it, I ain't wearin' a johnny."

So I somehow doubt that making them more freely available would lead to a rash of double-bagging.

Almost one in five Irish people don't use protection when having casual sex, according to one survey, with condoms proving particularly unpopular.

The biggest excuse is the misbelief that suiting up reduces pleasure, especially for men, and to be fair, celebrity-branded condoms from Kiss to JLS are unlikely to do much to change that.

Meanwhile, the 'I'm too big to wear a condom' chestnut that practically every woman has heard at least once in her life has been thoroughly debunked by a social media challenge that saw people drop a condom filled with water on their head - and they say that wearing one is uncomfortable?

Budget 2022 is proof of just how far we've come since condoms first became available over the counter here in 1985.

But California's new law against 'stealthing' - the nonconsensual removal of a condom during sex - shows there's still a long way to go.

As for how to encourage more guys to use them, may I suggest 'vanity sizing' for condoms?

If Dunnes Stores can convince me I'm a size 8, then Durex can sure as hell convince men they're an XL.

Oh to have speck of the body confidence of Lizzo in her 'naked' dress this week.

All eyes were on the Grammy winner as she stepped out in the see-through Matthew Reisman number for pal Cardi B's 29th birthday party in LA on Tuesday night.

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But not everyone was a fan of the daring purple dress, with the Truth Hurts singer telling haters to "kiss my fat black ass, bitch", complete with a twerking video that's been viewed more than 2.8m times on Instagram.

Now, I won't be copying the look, which she paired with nipple pasties and a thong, this autumn - sure you'd catch your death.

But - not that she gives a damn - I think she looks frocking fabulous.

So long 'Hot Girl Summer', hello 'Sad Girl Autumn'.

Adele's long-awaited comeback single, Easy On Me, dropped on Friday.

And with all the doleful piano solos and soaring vocals, the Queen of Heartbreak's 'divorce ballad', after splitting up from Simon Konecki in 2019, didn't disappoint.

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Adele's new album is titled '30'

Adele's new album is titled '30'

Adele's new album is titled '30'

The 33-year-old's first song in six years has already ­shattered records by becoming Spotify's most streamed song in a single day, while the totes emosh video has notched up 48m views on YouTube at the time of going to print.

And there's sure to be plenty more Kleenex fodder on her upcoming fourth album, 30, out November 19. Take that, smug marrieds!

lf anyone's entitled to be shot into outter space, it's surely Captain Kirk.

Star Trek legend William Shatner this week boldly went where, eh, well quite a few men actually, have gone before on board Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket.

Lifting off from the Texas desert, the 90-year-old got to put his iconic 'Beam me up, Scotty' catchphrase to the ­ultimate test during the 11-minute flight to the final frontier on Wednesday.

But he didn't need to 'set phasers to stun', as the emotional star described the "most profound experience" of watching the blue sky disappear into darkness from space.

Now the world's oldest astronaut, Shatner, who was an invited guest of the Amazon founder, a lifelong Trekkie, said it's something "everybody in the world needs to do".

I'll start saving the rumoured €250,000 for a ticket now, Bill.

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