When we imagine those who are against the use of contraception, including condoms, our minds typically drift towards some churches. However, it wasn’t just the strict teachings in some churches, nor just the fact that condoms weren’t legalized in the US until the 1930s that disapproved of the use of condoms. For, condoms use had what some might consider an unlikely foe: Sigmund Freud! Freud is most known as the founder of the Oedipus complex, libido itself, free association dreaming in sex, and psychanalysis. But, what you might not know is that Sigmund Freud was against all methods of birth control on the grounds that their failure rates were too high. He was also not particularly fond of condoms as he thought they were a barrier to sexual pleasure and sexual expression. Furthermore, he believed condoms to be the cause of neurosis (a mild mental illness involving symptoms of stress), saying that they had detrimental effects on orgasms for men, which increased levels of stress.
What’s also interesting is that Freud failed to connect to dots and give condoms enough credence to see they would have fit so well into the dominant theme of males over females, which he also championed. It would be up to the feminists to pint that out to us. Of course, we have so many more effective and varied choices, but to this day, condoms hold the unique place of protection against STDs, and as such, should still be used 100% of the time (even if you find them a barrier to your sexual pleasure and expression).