As many of you now know, Condomania became the host and sponsor of Our First Time on Monday, July 22nd. Some of you have wondered why we would associate our company with such a public spectacle. To better explain our position, it may be helpful to back up a bit.
About a week before the world heard about the "teenagers" who were going to lose their "virginity" on the Internet, we were approached by Ken Tipton to sponsor ourfirsttime.com. Ken explained the whole story, including his intent to portray the fictional story as reality until the curtain dropped and the credits rolled. Although we found meaning in the message of the fictional story (promoting responsible sexual behavior) we were very uncomfortable with his duplicity and turned down Ken's request to get involved.
A few days later, word spread like wild fire on the net about ourfirsttime.com. The world's attention focused on the Internet phenomenon and the server that Ken had initially contracted melted down under the strain. After the IEG fiasco on Thursday, July 18th, Ken was left high and dry. Over one million people were trying to find ourfirsttime.com and no one could.
On Saturday, July 20th, we were back in touch with Ken to discuss our possible participation. We agreed to assist Ken in securing the bandwith and server necessary to host ourfirsttime.com only on the condition that he come clean and tell the real story. In addition, we insisted no adult advertisers would be accepted and that the site would be free for everyone to see. Ken had no problem with any of these conditions.
So, what compelled us to get in bed with the net's greatest hoaxster? Simply, the opportunity to be on center stage, to reveal ourfirsttime.com once and for all as a fictional site, and to promote Condomania and the messages of safer sex and responsible sexual behavior which have been at the core of our mission for seven years. Do we understand that Ken Tipton has left more than a few feeling deceived? Even down right peeved? Sure we do. But we also had a unique opportunity to help clear the air and foster important discussion on many issues, from safer sex to the power of the medium to responsible behavior, both in and out of bed.
Adam K. Glickman