Online in Japan, May 6 is Condom Day. On Twitter, people keep effing around. Glad to see they’re playing it safe!
Why is today Condom Day? In Japanese, May is “go-gatsu” (五月 or literally, the fifth month) and the sixth is “muika” (六日). So, here, 5-6 is “go-mu”. Hey, that sounds like “gomu” (ゴム), a word that can mean “rubber” as in “condom”. Today, you see selfies like these:
Or drawings like this:
This is how you are supposed to do Condom Day online: take selfies and raise safe sex awareness. But this is the internet, and the internet doesn’t always do what it’s supposed to do.
As any One Piece fan can attest to, the Japanese “gomu” also means “rubber” as in, you know, “rubber”. So you also see photos of people just fucking around, posing with rubber bands or hair bands (known as “gomu” in Japanese).
Then, there are also people, like cosplayer Omi Gibson, who are into the rubber fetish scene, and are using the day to show their love of latex.
Whatever helps keep people safe and happy — and the internet fun and silly.
Below are some images — new and old — posted under the hashtag #ゴムの日 or “gomu no hi”.