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How to make vaginas love a penis (SLYT). Apparently.
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots (104 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite

 
I always wanted to make my first FPP full of extensively researched links and clever commentary. But look! Dancing vaginas!
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots at 2:47 AM on January 23, 2010 [35 favorites]


That's really pretty cute.
posted by BoscosMom at 3:00 AM on January 23, 2010


When you see genitalia disembodied like that you realize how ridiculous they look. Even if they do dance very fetchingly
posted by Ritchie at 3:05 AM on January 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


If condoms were what vaginas really like there would be more guys walking around in full body condoms.
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:23 AM on January 23, 2010


Totally fake.
posted by srboisvert at 3:35 AM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'm starting to get kind of irritated by all the SLYT FPPs with no descriptions. I appreciate the sharing of interesting art and information but it kind of degrades the quality of this site.
posted by crapmatic at 5:19 AM on January 23, 2010 [23 favorites]


What a sadsack.
posted by R. Mutt at 5:34 AM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


crapmatic, I see your point. I just clicked through for a "what the hell, let's see what this is." It turned out to be much cuter, and wittier and well done that I might have expected had it been described in more detail in the FPP.

That said, let's get on to the message of the animation, which falls into a familiar genre: that of attempting to achieve a social good by telling a big, fat lie. Condoms are horrible, and in any case, they don't come out until the choosing part is long over with.
posted by Faze at 5:38 AM on January 23, 2010 [5 favorites]


It says I gotta be 18 to see the vid.
Can someone plz briefly summarize the vid for those of us who are not yet 18? Thx.
posted by sour cream at 5:39 AM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


No way.

I wear a condom all the time, just in case, and I never get that kind of action!
posted by markkraft at 5:46 AM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Can someone summarize for those of us who have children over 18 but don't want to sign up with youtube?
posted by Obscure Reference at 5:53 AM on January 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


I'm starting to get kind of irritated by all the SLYT FPPs with no descriptions. I appreciate the sharing of interesting art and information but it kind of degrades the quality of this site.

I am getting sick of Metawikipediafilterian tendencies. I posted a SLYT post recently and almost instantly there were people "fixing it" for me like it was a high school essay or a wikepedia page instead of being just a nice poem with a pleasant musical accompaniment. It is well intentioned but rude just like telling someone to wear different clothing would be...

Somethings are simple. Like this post.
posted by srboisvert at 5:59 AM on January 23, 2010 [63 favorites]


If you have children then it's too late for the video.
I keed. A graffiti penis on a public bathroom wall comes to life and tries to approach various graffitied female genitalia who run screaming from it. The pursuit continues with hoards of girlybits fleeing from the friendly little knob, and he gives up, flaccid and dejected. A live action woman is leaving the bathroom and draws a condom over it with her eyeliner, whereupon a belegged vulva runs over and fucks it five-ways-from-sunday. FIN.
posted by Iteki at 6:02 AM on January 23, 2010 [23 favorites]


For the non youtubers... does this work for you? http://theworldaccordingtogem.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/the-most-disturbing-thing-ive-seen-today/
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots at 6:06 AM on January 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


It's um, the story of love, when it's good, except with even more klezmer music than usual.
posted by vapidave at 6:09 AM on January 23, 2010 [4 favorites]


it kind of degrades the quality of this site.

Well, it might do if it hadn't been a continuous tendency for the last ten years or so...
posted by PeterMcDermott at 6:12 AM on January 23, 2010 [6 favorites]


We should add that titles at the end of the animation reveal this to be a French-language aids prevention add.
posted by Dreadnought at 6:12 AM on January 23, 2010


attempting to achieve a social good by telling a big, fat lie. Condoms are horrible, and in any case, they don't come out until the choosing part is long over with.

Also, vaginas do not have legs that dance. Another lie exposed!
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 6:13 AM on January 23, 2010 [14 favorites]


Faze, condoms are kind of horrible, but not nearly as horrible as STDs or screaming infants. Not to mention, if a guy refuses to wear a condom the choosing to leave begins. It really tells you about a person on so many levels when he tries to get you to agree to not use one. Also, I guess because of my age (40) and my coming of age during the AIDS crisis when the consequence of unprotected sex was drilled into everyone in really graphic ways, I just don't understand the whole idea of having a problem with the things. It's an interesting change.

Yeah they are a pain but for me it is just a part of the whole relationship process. You know when you are in a real long term deal when the condom comes off. That just seems to be a whole deeper level of intimacy.

The animation is kind of awesome.
posted by Belle O'Cosity at 6:17 AM on January 23, 2010 [15 favorites]


it kind of degrades the quality of this site.

Your favourite mefi post sucks...

I know that this debate has been had a thousand times before, so I'll keep it brief, but for me - personally, it's just my opinion - I like the (long-standing, as PeterMcDermott says) mix of well researched in-depth posts such as yours, crapmatic, and the quick, quirky, simple posts that can sometimes lead to you to lovely things.

I wasn't being lazy but actually didn't want to analyse it or give it context, just share something really nicely executed with other mefites. And hey, I did slave over a link description designed to pique people's interest :)

And yes, the klezmer! Actually I think the imaginative and very well done relationship between the animation and the music is what makes it...
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots at 6:22 AM on January 23, 2010 [11 favorites]


Also, vaginas do not have legs that dance. Another lie exposed!

I thought it was more realistic than the whole walking-on-the-balls thing. I mean, that's just wrong.
posted by jimmythefish at 6:23 AM on January 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


Also, vaginas do not have legs that dance. Another lie exposed!

They don't?
Dammit! Tricked again!
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 6:27 AM on January 23, 2010 [4 favorites]


I mean, that's just wrong.
That's my winter season doing matinees at The Grand in Blackpool in jeopardy then.
posted by Abiezer at 6:28 AM on January 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


The wordpress link is just an embedded youtube video, it won't work.

For non-youtubers: http://creativity-online.com/work/aides-graffiti/18473
posted by Scarf Face at 6:29 AM on January 23, 2010


I loved it. It's amazing what animation can achieve with modern motion-capture technology.
posted by Auden at 6:29 AM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Damn! Still recovering from the terrifying image of wall-crawling vaginas. http://creativity-online.com/work/aides-graffiti/18473
posted by Scarf Face at 6:31 AM on January 23, 2010


Thanks Scarf Face.

So is the playback of embedded Youtube videos contingent upon you having some sort of cookie stored indicating that you're a registered Youtube user and your profile says you're over a certain age? Or some similar mechanism? I only ask because Sour Cream's problem was that it wouldn't play whilst he was on Youtube because he wasn't old enough.

Put another way: does the age 'suitability' of Youtube videos somehow extend out into embedding?

posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots at 6:35 AM on January 23, 2010


because it works for me when embedded...
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots at 6:36 AM on January 23, 2010


I think it's a brilliant video (and I also came of age post-aids and this that latex is better than dying). But perhaps one of the moderators might add a NSFW (not safe for work) notice, for anyone who might be at work, or at the breakfast table with their parents-in-law. (I wasn't sure myself, so I went upstairs to avoid one of those Awkward Moments.)
posted by jb at 6:38 AM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Apologies for lack of NSFW. I've added a tag but yes, perhaps a mod could add it to the link. Sorry, should have thought of that.
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots at 6:43 AM on January 23, 2010


Apologies for lack of NSFW. I've added a tag but yes, perhaps a mod could add it to the link. Sorry, should have thought of that.

My rule of thumb: If you're clicking on a link that's describing the love between vagina and penis while at work, you can't blame the lack of "NSWF" tag.
posted by specialagentwebb at 6:50 AM on January 23, 2010 [21 favorites]


Finally! An appropriate use of the soprano saxophone!!!
posted by nosila at 6:58 AM on January 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


How to make vaginas love a penis

I thought vaginas and penises were already friends.
posted by Avenger at 7:04 AM on January 23, 2010


... friends with benefits.
posted by Auden at 7:09 AM on January 23, 2010 [9 favorites]


Sometimes I feel a lot like that penis at the end and I wish that Temple Grandin - between tapioca puddings and trips to K-Mart for underwear - would get to work on designing some kind of sweeping curved vagina corral for me, so that all the vagina would be less stressed out by their upcoming encounter.
posted by turgid dahlia at 7:24 AM on January 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


Trivia! The campaign (there's a campaign to go with this) isn't set to be released until March. Someone at TBWA/Paris (the agency) sent that ad out to Creativity, before the client approved it, and now it's all over the web. thanks to fast Russian rippers Meanwhile, the whole web has time to see it and by the time the campaign actually launches it'll be old hat.
posted by dabitch at 7:34 AM on January 23, 2010


Metafilter: tapioca puddings and trips to K-Mart for underwear
posted by jquinby at 7:40 AM on January 23, 2010


I think it's absurd to add a NSFW warning to a post that includes the text "vagina" and "penis"!! Come on, our critical thinking skills go that far, don't they!?"

But fun link.
posted by serazin at 7:53 AM on January 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


Pardon my snark, but why would the NGO that commissioned it care that it's been ripped? Now it's all over the web, and their message is being virally (hehehe) spread for free. They're stopping the spread of AIDS not only in France, but also abroad. And in this era of cheap international travel, that's good for everyone.

Or is that not what the NGO wants to achieve?
posted by mccarty.tim at 8:08 AM on January 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


I for one am fully in favour of this quickie.
posted by Artw at 8:09 AM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


This has forever ruined my memories of that segment on Sesame Street with the little guy who runs around inside the drinking glass.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 8:10 AM on January 23, 2010 [6 favorites]


It's a cute animation. What I don't like as much is that it's a retelling of the old safe sex narrative of "put the glove on and women will come running." My experience is that risky sexual decisions come as much from women as from men, and that safe sex messages need to capture that ambivalence. I've been seeing variations on this message, emphasizing how hot women will find a guy who is happy to use a condom, for well over a decade, and I'm just not convinced that it is all that effective.
posted by Forktine at 8:14 AM on January 23, 2010 [7 favorites]


I'm starting to get kind of irritated by all the SLYT FPPs with no descriptions. I appreciate the sharing of interesting art and information but it kind of degrades the quality of this site.

Sorry, dude, but who cares what you're getting irritated by? I know I don't.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 8:17 AM on January 23, 2010


I did not like the way the vaginas scurried. Something scurrying behind a toilet is too much like a cockroach for me, and I do not want to think of vaginas like cockroaches.
posted by Meatbomb at 8:18 AM on January 23, 2010 [7 favorites]


What I don't like as much is that it's a retelling of the old safe sex narrative of "put the glove on and women will come running."

Lucas Barton disagrees!
posted by Greg Nog at 8:36 AM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


That was the creepiest vagina I have EVER seen.
posted by Limiter at 8:37 AM on January 23, 2010


Just for the record, I am not anti-condom. I just think they're horrible, and nobody benefits by pretending they're fun or that they enhance anything but your long-run peace of mind. Condomless sex is like bacon. People are finally coming out and admitting that bacon is the most delicious food in the world and eating bacon is preferable to almost any other food alternative. However, we also know that there are deadly consequences to eating bacon for both us and the pig. So let's all grow up and stop eating it.
posted by Faze at 8:39 AM on January 23, 2010


I just think they're horrible, and nobody benefits by pretending they're fun or that they enhance anything but your long-run peace of mind.

Maybe you're buying the wrong condoms.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 8:49 AM on January 23, 2010 [5 favorites]


I can't be the only one thinking there is a very crass, but somewhat appropriate confluence between the content of this post, and the phonetic pronunciation of our beloved "SLYT" acronym...
posted by kaseijin at 8:56 AM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]



Apologies for lack of NSFW


Let's put our thinking caps on, people. The thing is titled How to make vaginas love a penis..

A NSFW note is superfluous.
posted by SLC Mom at 8:58 AM on January 23, 2010 [4 favorites]


Oh.
*Waves at Serazin.*

Great minds think alike!
posted by SLC Mom at 9:00 AM on January 23, 2010


Faze, you can have my bacon when you pry it from my cold, dead, limp, condomless penis.
posted by localroger at 9:02 AM on January 23, 2010 [11 favorites]


A NSFW note is superfluous.

Hehe, yes, sorry. First FPP and all that. A little over eager to do things properly.
posted by Hartham's Hugging Robots at 9:03 AM on January 23, 2010


It's funny how according to this PSA the "scariest" thing that can happen if you're not using a condom is you not getting any.

How about an ad that shows the real consequences of unprotected sex (mostly STDs, although I bet some people would freak out more if the ad showed unplanned babies)? Isn't the truth paralyzing enough to scare the shit out of most people? This could also be flipped to show the woman's perspective.

As for this ad, the animation is awesome, but the message is sadly a lie: a lot of women WILL sleep with you without a condom. If you're going to scare men, why not scare them with the "scary" stuff?

Although I do believe this was the best condom campaign in a long time. It's not touting the "scary" stuff but rather encouraging the correct behavior.
posted by wet-raspberry at 9:11 AM on January 23, 2010


Who knew the women's can was so full of pervy graffiti? I'm shocked yet somehow.... delighted.
posted by klanawa at 9:19 AM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hey guys, let's try something fun: write the color of the condom you're wearing in your facebook status. It'll spread awareness, and will totally confuse all the womens too, haha. Pass this on!
posted by naju at 9:24 AM on January 23, 2010 [14 favorites]


As for this ad, the animation is awesome, but the message is sadly a lie: a lot of women WILL sleep with you without a condom. If you're going to scare men, why not scare them with the "scary" stuff?

I think the message really is: if you're an animated penis drawn on the wall of the bathroom, you're much better off if the people that use the bathroom wear eyeliner.
posted by oneirodynia at 9:30 AM on January 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


Let's put our thinking caps jimmy hats on, people.
posted by Halloween Jack at 9:31 AM on January 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


It's funny how according to this PSA the "scariest" thing that can happen if you're not using a condom is you not getting any.

How about an ad that shows the real consequences of unprotected sex (mostly STDs, although I bet some people would freak out more if the ad showed unplanned babies)? Isn't the truth paralyzing enough to scare the shit out of most people?


Damn straight, don't they know young people think weeks, months, decades, even days ahead?



Who knew the women's can was so full of pervy graffiti? I'm shocked yet somehow.... delighted.

The one in my student union is full of inspirational graffiti, and has it's own Facebook appreciation page.

posted by Sova at 9:36 AM on January 23, 2010


Pushing an entire human being through a vagina has always seemed to me to be a very disrespectful thing to do to it (the vagina). The kind of thing that should only be done by a woman who has given full consent to having a human inside her to begin with.

So I think the best prevention ads — for straight men — would be to show women giving birth. Lots and lots of births.
posted by five fresh fish at 9:39 AM on January 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


lot of women WILL sleep with you without a condom. If you're going to scare men, why not scare them with the "scary" stuff?

You're taking it too literally. I seriously doubt there's a single lonely male, starving for affection, who is now wearing a condom, thinking he's going to get sex. I also doubt that an ad agency spent all that time and effort marketing to that sad and lonely guy.

The ad is a good ad because it reminds people of some basic truths about sex, that you should be wearing a condom if you're single or in a new relationship. That's all that's going here. No scare tactics or blatant warnings, just a reminder to throw a condom on and have that thought expressed in something other than a draconian "if you don't do this you are bad person" message 'cause it people tune that shit out.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 9:43 AM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I noticed that penis had a drip (0:55) so it's no wonder all the vaj was running away.
posted by Jimmy Havok at 9:43 AM on January 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


srboisvert: You really do need to sort out your wardrobe as well.
posted by i_cola at 9:46 AM on January 23, 2010


I'm fairly grossed out that one would use their eyeliner to draw on a bathroom wall. I hope she threw that away afterward or she's in for a nice eye infection. A woman should carry a nice sharpie in her purse for her vandalism needs.
posted by _paegan_ at 9:48 AM on January 23, 2010 [6 favorites]


So I think the best prevention ads — for straight men — would be to show women giving birth. Lots and lots of births.

Or some kind of creepy montage of high-res closeups of genital warts and assorted fallout from other STDs. Dancing cock on the bathroom wall trying to get it on with vagina face seems like a frivolous misuse of public advertising dollars.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:51 AM on January 23, 2010


I just think they're horrible, and nobody benefits by pretending they're fun or that they enhance anything but your long-run peace of mind.

what? THE VAGINAS ARE RUNNING AWAY BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT BABIES OR DISEASES. when they come running back it's because even though sex is better without a condom it's still fun with one. damn.
posted by shmegegge at 10:11 AM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


I abolutely loved this and think it is the *perfect* use of public advertising dollars.

Kids are sick of hearing the heavy (even though it can be true) "you could DIE if you don't wear a condom!" message. This is a lighthearted reminder that appeals to the silly side in us all.
posted by misha at 10:21 AM on January 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


Hey guys, let's try something fun: write the color of the condom you're wearing in your facebook status.

I know I'm somewhat reckless by nature, but I don't normally bother putting one on simply to post on Facebook.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 10:23 AM on January 23, 2010 [6 favorites]


"vaginae" is funnier
posted by nathancaswell at 10:23 AM on January 23, 2010


Plate of beans and all but a safe-sex PSA that shows unsafe sex (the condom to vagina ratio there is a little off.) On a second plate of beans I agree that the whole put on a condom and get lots of action thing is the ax body spray of safer-sex messages
posted by Wood at 10:26 AM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Eh, I donno. Don't you think this ad kind of cuts both ways? Like, "Ladies, it is normal and acceptable behavior to shun the condomless." "Dudes... you are running against social norms when you try to practice unsafe sex and it's not going to get you anywhere." I think social pressure is way more effective than scare tactics, for better or worse.
posted by johnnybeggs at 10:33 AM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]




So I think the best prevention ads — for straight men — would be to show women giving birth. Lots and lots of births.

Or some kind of creepy montage of high-res closeups of genital warts and assorted fallout from other STDs. Dancing cock on the bathroom wall trying to get it on with vagina face seems like a frivolous misuse of public advertising dollars.


Scare tactics don't work in PSA's aimed at young people. Remember "This is your brain on Drugs?" Remember all those anti-drunk driving ads with graves and dead kids?

The research shows that humor and giving people a positive action to take-- rather than trying to scare them away from something pleasurable-- is more effective. The scary ads are more memorable and they do have some effect on adults (although some of the scary antismoking ads actually make smoker smoke more, rather than try to quit because fear is stressful and stress provokes smoking). But if you are aiming at teenagers and probably people in early 20's, this approach is better.

You win more advertising awards with shocking, scary-- but you get more behavior change, at least in young people with regard to pleasurable activities, by providing concrete steps to reduce risk and not using fear primarily.
posted by Maias at 10:39 AM on January 23, 2010 [7 favorites]


This has forever ruined my memories of that segment on Sesame Street with the little guy who runs around inside the drinking glass.

Teeny Little Super Guy. I get he got a lot of action.

You, know the lyrics to his theme song are already sort of suggestive.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:49 AM on January 23, 2010


You win more advertising awards with shocking, scary-- but you get more behavior change, at least in young people with regard to pleasurable activities, by providing concrete steps to reduce risk and not using fear primarily.

Eh, is there any evidence that either of these kinds of TV ads actually change behaviors?
posted by Burhanistan at 10:52 AM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Basically this is boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy's life goes down the toilet, boy grows up a bit and finds true love, boy gets girl back.......

......and has sex with all her friends.

This is pretty much the story of my life, folks and would make a fine trailer for my forthcoming memoir: The Boy Without a Helmet.

Look for it in fine bookstores everywhere.
posted by Skygazer at 10:53 AM on January 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


Condoms are awesome.
posted by Neekee at 10:58 AM on January 23, 2010


Eh, is there any evidence that either of these kinds of TV ads actually change behaviors?

I'm wearing Wrangler jeans because of a teevee ad. If it can get me to do that, it can get me to do anything, especially if it culminates in an orgy.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:04 AM on January 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


The phrase "vagina face" freaks me out. I have to keep repressing the horrifying mental image.

I read some shocking HPV statistic the other day, to the effect that in all probability, if you've had sex with someone who has had sex, you're pretty much guaranteed to get HPV. Which, IIRC, has a significant correlation to cervical cancer.

Also read something about one of the ordinary treat-the-outbreak STDs turns out to not only be active at the obvious sore, but also runs off and hides in the urinary tract during the outbreak, biding its time and waiting for the outbreak to disappear before it goes out into the wider world.

IMO, just getting the facts out big and bold would do a lot to clue people in. The number of bug-hunters out there is pretty damn small; normal people don't want their junk to be dripping pus, itchy, and cancerous.
posted by five fresh fish at 11:09 AM on January 23, 2010


The number of bug-hunters out there is pretty damn small; normal people don't want their junk to be dripping pus, itchy, and cancerous.

I used to work in a medical library and would frequently look at the STD monographs just to see the unbelievable permutations that the human body is capable of when under viral duress. I saw terrible, terribl, TERRIBLE things. For one thing, yes shit can get insanely horrible, but don't sweat imperfections, cos YOU WILL KNOW WITHOUT A DOUBT WHEN YOU'VE CROSSED INTO THE REALM OF AN STD.

That being said (and God, I know it sucks but), please wear a condom.

For a while anyway, until you've known the other person for a good amount of time or interacted with them enough to get a feel for what they're about.
posted by Skygazer at 11:23 AM on January 23, 2010


Early AIDS ads were all scare tactics, for example showing the grim reaper bowling with peoples lives, when that didn't work (research showed that people weren't taking it seriously), some thought puns might work better. AIDES actually mixes both in all their campaigns, humor, a message of long life, sex is fun and love, as well as some scary stats thrown in for good measure. They've done some really scary looking sex scenes with scorpions that still squeeb people out, and they killed superman.

mccarty.tim , not sure if you were aiming that snark at any particular direction, I was just adding some trivia that I know to the post, as is custom around here. I can not post this campaign until it's official release, so that's how i knew about it. FWIW.
posted by dabitch at 11:32 AM on January 23, 2010


Once he put his hat on, that penis was cock of the walk.
posted by Elmore at 11:44 AM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Call me old-fashioned or a fuddy-duddy, but I prefer my genitalia embodied.
posted by benzenedream at 11:59 AM on January 23, 2010


Eh, I donno. Don't you think this ad kind of cuts both ways? Like, "Ladies, it is normal and acceptable behavior to shun the condomless."

That's how I read it, too - it didn't just seemed focused on men at all. For women it gives the message "you won't alone if you deny a guy because he doesn't want to wear a condom. Actually all the other women will, too, so you'd be crazy to be the only one to give in to his advances!"
posted by Solon and Thanks at 12:06 PM on January 23, 2010


I'm with Faze, Forktine, and wet-raspberry.

Not only will a lot of women have sex without a condom; a lot of them will be the ones to initiate the condom-less sex, and will be the party needing to be slowed down or persuaded that a trip to the convenience store is worthwhile.

The story in this PSA reads to me like this:

- Guy wants sex.
- Girl doesn't want sex.
- Guy chases after girl so he can get sex.
- Other girl gives guy a condom.
- First girl pounces on guy.

Lessons learned:

- If you are a man, and you want to have sex with a woman, but she is running away from you, then it's probably because she doesn't realize that you would be willing to use a condom when you fuck her.
- The female sex drive is negated by the lack of a condom, while the male sex drive is not.

Speaking of the "this is your brain on drugs" ads... it's not the positive or negative framework that makes PSAs like this ridiculous; it's how far-fetched the metaphors are. This animation is not an accurate representation of reality, not just in a literal way, but also in a "deeper, more important truth" way.
posted by bingo at 12:12 PM on January 23, 2010


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posted by ixohoxi at 12:14 PM on January 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


How about an ad that shows the real consequences of unprotected sex (mostly STDs, although I bet some people would freak out more if the ad showed unplanned babies)? Isn't the truth paralyzing enough to scare the shit out of most people? This could also be flipped to show the woman's perspective.


Sorry to blow your user name right back at you, wet-raspberry.

But you sound like Permanently Angry Teacher With A Bad Beard And Baggy Cardigan.

The animation works because it's funny and a bit gross-out before it gets to the message, so it stands a better chance of grabbing the attention-challenged generation.
posted by Jody Tresidder at 12:21 PM on January 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


I thought the Mr and Ms Tater Head version was better.
posted by effluvia at 12:27 PM on January 23, 2010


I think you'll miss the message if you take the ad too literally. It's not saying women run from you because they think you won't wear a condom, or that the female sex drive doesn't exist until a condom is donned, any more than it's saying a penis can walk with balls for feet.

Also:

It's funny how according to this PSA the "scariest" thing that can happen if you're not using a condom is you not getting any.

Absolutely. The scariest thing that could happen is you could end up having sex with ADOLF HITLER.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 12:51 PM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's not saying women run from you because they think you won't wear a condom, or that the female sex drive doesn't exist until a condom is donned

It's saying that the only time any woman will have sex with you is when she knows that other women want to have sex with you.

Experience tells me that this message, regardless of condom use, is completely true.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:31 PM on January 23, 2010 [4 favorites]


Eh, is there any evidence that either of these kinds of TV ads actually change behaviors?

Yes. For example the Advertising Council did a lot of research on this with regards to drunk driving. They found that while scary ads won awards, ads that offered humorous ways to get the keys away from drunks were more successful at getting that to happen.

It makes sense if you think about it: we all pretty much know drunk driving can lead to horrible crashes. It's hard, in the moment, however, to confront a drunk person. If you have *some* tool for doing so, you're better off and more likely to try (and therefore more likely to succeed) than if you don't have any tools.

Desire to change is useless without good strategies for change-- ads that produce desire to change without offering strategies are therefore less effective. Scaring people can actually backfire by making them hopeless and therefore, they think, fuck it.
posted by Maias at 1:42 PM on January 23, 2010 [5 favorites]


Mademoiselle used her eyeliner on the bathroom wall.

Ew, just... ew.
posted by longsleeves at 1:59 PM on January 23, 2010


I think you'll miss the message if you take the ad too literally. It's not saying women run from you because they think you won't wear a condom, or that the female sex drive doesn't exist until a condom is donned, any more than it's saying a penis can walk with balls for feet.

I don't know. Since I had to go off the pill thanks to high blood pressure, I feel pretty much exactly like those vaginas.

Luckily, my husband does not think condoms are horrible, and therefore gets lots of happy, dancing vagina-love.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 2:20 PM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


So, it's a viral video?

Balls blue.
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:25 PM on January 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


How about an ad that shows the real consequences of unprotected sex (mostly STDs, although I bet some people would freak out more if the ad showed unplanned babies)?

You mean, like this one?
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:42 PM on January 23, 2010 [5 favorites]


How dare you, UbuRovias! Children are sacred! They're God's Stimulus Package, after all!
posted by mccarty.tim at 2:48 PM on January 23, 2010


You mean, like this one?

Loved that so much, Ubu.
(Sending the French one and that one to my youngest son - he's 19...)
posted by Jody Tresidder at 2:58 PM on January 23, 2010


So. Fucking. Cute.
posted by desuetude at 3:20 PM on January 23, 2010


I have seen this linked already on Metafilter. Where? Argh. Can't find it.
posted by koeselitz at 7:21 PM on January 23, 2010


of course this is a French AIDS awareness campaign ad. For years now, the AIDES ads have been original, witty, and arresting. I remember their "sleeping with a scorpion" ads, which kicked my butt.
posted by LMGM at 7:26 PM on January 23, 2010


I am surprised that SLYT posts are still an issue after so many of them have been made. I would much rather have a post with one or a few good links rather than one with a lot of filler links where I have to spend too much time trying figure out which is the main one. I do agree that having unnecessarily vague or mysterious FPPs is annoying, but this one is clearly labelled.
posted by blue shadows at 8:03 PM on January 23, 2010


I'm starting to get kind of irritated by all the SLYT FPPs with no descriptions.

I love a good meaty FPP (but not bacon, thx). I also love a grab bag where you aren't sure what's inside -- as long as it's great when I open it. So I say, it's fine to do this but then you have a duty to be double-awesome.
posted by msalt at 8:11 PM on January 23, 2010


I have to agree that murkily-worded SLYT posts are just fine with me. All you have to do is click one time. That's it.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 4:18 AM on January 24, 2010


This is very cute.
posted by SisterHavana at 10:51 AM on January 24, 2010


I'm wearing Wrangler jeans because of a teevee ad. If it can get me to do that, it can get me to do anything, especially if it culminates in an orgy.
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:04 PM on January 23


Brett Favre comes to your town for one season, and you've already run out and bought all his endorsements?
posted by yeti at 6:57 AM on January 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


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