What the Trojan Ad Controversy Says About Women’s Health

My latest at HuffPo.

(I tried to come up with a good title but I couldn’t, so the editors made that one up for me).


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14 comments for “What the Trojan Ad Controversy Says About Women’s Health

  1. evil fizz
    June 19, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    Regarding Fox’s discussion about STI prevention versus pregnancy, do they accept ads for the pill? I could have sworn they did…

  2. June 19, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    What idiots. Pregnancy not a health condition, indeed.

    My favourite condom ad is a French one, for Hansaplat condoms: Maman m’a dit que je peux . If this were aired in the States the wingnuts would all have coronaries. A woman, with a child, who enjoys sex and uses contraception? How do we fit this into our madonna/whore dichotomy?

  3. June 19, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    “Censored… For Her Displeasure”

  4. Watermelontroutoil
    June 19, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    My favourite condom ad is a French one, for Hansaplat condoms: Maman m’a dit que je peux . If this were aired in the States the wingnuts would all have coronaries. A woman, with a child, who enjoys sex and uses contraception? How do we fit this into our madonna/whore dichotomy?

    It’s easy as pie! First, the image of confused rage: What kind of horrific mother would allow her child to bring a chainsaw to school?

    Then comes the enlightened understanding: Ohhhh, a slutty mother who has sex instead of rearing a child.

    Boo to that. But hooray for a world where people shout “Mais oui!” instead of “Oh yes!” during sex.

  5. Karla
    June 19, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    My French is very rusty — is that “Mom told me that I can?”

  6. Karla
    June 19, 2007 at 10:22 pm

    Oh, that question mark should be after the quote marks. Darn.

  7. Karla
    June 19, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    And I should have watched the YouTube video. I’ll stop commenting now.

  8. June 19, 2007 at 10:58 pm

    I’ve always loved these French AIDS awareness ads.

    I wonder if they were ever actually on TV. Because from the interracial dating to the premarital sex to the BDSM to the being gay to the actual good songs, they pretty much would never ever be on TV here. Despite the fact that they’re very sweet.

    Oh, pretty NSFW by the way.

  9. June 20, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    I worship at the feet of Jill! AMAZING COLUMN! Evil fizz has a good point– what about ads for the pill?

  10. Anatolia
    June 20, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    I think rightwingnutters fear men having some responsibility for controlling their sperm more than they fear the terrorists. They certainly squeal like pigs whenever I see it mentioned.

  11. Cortney
    June 20, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    I wonder also how many Viagra ads Fox and CBS and their subsidiaries have endorsed…..

  12. June 20, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    “Contraceptive advertising must stress health-related uses rather than the prevention of pregnancy.”

    That’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever heard.

    I think they can’t let go of the idea of women being punished (with pregnancy) because they had sex. If women can contracept, well then, how are we going to punish them?

  13. evil fizz
    June 20, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    I wonder also how many Viagra ads Fox and CBS and their subsidiaries have endorsed…..

    Well, every time I see baseball on Fox, there are Viagra banners.

    Not to mention NASCAR.

  14. darling nikki
    June 21, 2007 at 6:57 am

    Both thoroughly depressing and disgusting! But I guess this is FOX we’re talking about. I could have better understood their reasoning had FOX’s PR reps released a statement proclaiming that really, FOX just doesn’t like pigs. Yeah, pretty sure that would have made more sense.

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