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Are You Safe Enough?





I took this on the bus today.

This poster is part of a series. The second one (and there might be more than two, but I didn't see it) shows a man and woman sitting at a dinner table. It's your pretty regular, heterosexual safe sex campaign thing. But what strikes me about this poster pictured, is the thinking behind it. At first, I thought, hey, excellent, this poster is telling women to buy condoms. Fucking A! That's a load off my mind, cause lord knows it's ever so difficult to buy some rubber these days. But then I thought, no, wait, maybe it's trying to make me think of sex--I mean, these are two kind of attractive dancing girls. I think of sex whenever i see two dancing girls, don't I? I must. So: When I think of two girls dancing, I should think sex, followed by condoms. Naturally. But then I wondered if this meant only if I was faced with two caucasian dancing girls. I mean, what if I saw a caucasian girl and an asian girl? No condoms? Just a condom for the white girl? What if there was no white girl? Did that mean that I wouldn't have to worry about this? And was this really a poster promoting same sex relationships? How sneaky, I thought, until I realised what it was really promoting was group sex.

Obviously, it's all about making me buy boxes of condoms in preparation of the day I stand next to two dancing white girls who want to fuck me. Right. Gotcha. I'll be ready State Sponsored Poster. There'll be no syphilis for me.

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ironed_orchid
Jul. 8th, 2005 11:37 am (UTC)
Maybe they saying that when you see white girls dancing you should be worrying about syphilis.
benpeek
Jul. 8th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
hmm. that's a bit fear inducing, isn't it?
(Anonymous)
Jul. 8th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
hey, don't spoil the fun of watching two white girls dance! :P

but thank you ben for taking the load of my mind. or putting a load there. white girls dancing...

john
benpeek
Jul. 9th, 2005 12:21 am (UTC)
just think of me as everyone's helper.
deborahb
Jul. 9th, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)
I believe that's called, 'playing the race card from the bottom of the deck' ...
benpeek
Jul. 9th, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
why not the top of the deck?
deborahb
Jul. 9th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC)
'Cos it'd only be on the top of the deck if racism was imperative to the product or message, IMHO.
benpeek
Jul. 9th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
right. gotcha.
deborahb
Jul. 9th, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
It was a phrase I first heard with reference to the OJ Simpson defence, to put it in perspective.

Along the lines of, "We played the race card. And we played the race card from the bottom of the deck."
benpeek
Jul. 9th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
i don't really remember much of the OJ thing, but it wouldn't surprise me that that was the case. you know, i'm always surprised when i run into people who rant a bit about oj being guilty. i always find it a bit baffling.
deborahb
Jul. 9th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
I think it raised a lot of interesting questions & never answered them. Certainly an intriguing 20th century moment.
benpeek
Jul. 9th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
totally opposite of what i thought.
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