This is a guest post by Echo Zen. Echo is a feminist filmmaker, animator and women’s health advocate, currently deployed in the States to counter the influence of Tea Party moppets. When ze’s not doing ad consulting for birth control, ze tries to blog semi-regularly for Feministe (partly to set a good example for zir sister).
I’m fortunate to work with students in one of the few states in the States where legislators generally respect reproductive health as a fundamental right (unless you’re Rep. Darrell “all male contraceptive panel” Issa). So when the local uni put out a call for people to submit “creative presentations” about HIV/AIDS, these students – all of whom were part of a local feminist/cosplay/anime/ninja/fun group – decided to create this sex education video:
TRANSCRIPT FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED VIEWERS:
[Younger brother and older sister do stuff in a kitchen]
SISTER (V.O.): Where we live, my brother gets a lot of abstinence-only education, where the teachers are banned from teaching students how to protect themselves. So I teach my brother about condoms, so he can help to stop HIV in our communities. Here’s how I explain it…
[In an abstract representation of a vagina, Condom Ninja and HIV face off]
NINJA: This is your reproductive tract. This is HIV. And I… am condom ninja!
[Condom and HIV fight to the beat of videogame music, with HIV losing humiliatingly.]
NINJA: Fool! Don’t you know condoms are 85% effective at preventing HIV?!
[Back in the kitchen, sister hands condoms to her brother]
SISTER (V.O.): So if you believe in protecting your friends and family from HIV, start promoting condom use in your community today.
We mostly made this for fun and education (and because we like Scott Pilgrim). But as luck would have it, the video wound up being selected for showcase by a local teen health group. So perhaps feminist/cosplay/anime/ninja/fun groups are actually more substantive than RNC conventions – though admittedly that’s not saying much.
Thanks, Jill, for allowing us to share this. We hope it brightens people’s Labor Day week. :-)
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- LIBERALS want your CHILD to have SEX!!! by Trailer Park Feminist July 15, 2007
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