I received this email last night from Durex in response to my piece and to the scandal they caused with their offensive, sexist jokes.
“Durex respects and supports the rights of women and men to have a healthy, safe and fulfilling sex life. The statements that appeared on our South Africa Twitter feed yesterday were posted by our PR agency in South Africa – Euro RSCG. They were offensive and inappropriate and do not reflect the views of the Durex brand. We apologise unreservedly for the fact that this has happened and have already taken steps to ensure that this situation cannot arise again.” – Faisal Hashmi, Marketing Director
It’s sad though that Durex’s actions were able to bolster the opinions of those who already thought that using your penis to shut someone up is not rape, and to give them a small semblance of credence. I hope that everyone realises that in the first place, the sentiment that women need to be shut up at all is only valid or valuable in an extremely sexist society.
I thank everyone who spoke out about this on twitter, and hope that you keep on speaking out against sexism when you see it.
I hope something like this never happens again, and thank Durex for their response.