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[NSFW] Why do some people get so uptight over condom ads to the point they have to be banned?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (21366 points ) April 3rd, 2014

[NSFW!!] With many seeing sex as just another event one other event in a relationship, and supposedly do be done ”responsibly” why get upset if sex is used to sell condoms to be used in sex? Besides, to not reference sex in condom ads may leave some young people unsure what they are for. Why ban condom ads that are just doing their job?

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Seek's avatar

Mostly because I want to be able to allow my son to watch a baseball game with his father without having to explain to a five year old what erectile dysfuntion or condoms are.

muppetish's avatar

Are you aware that the first link provided is not a real commercial, cetainly not a condom commercial, and does not even involve a condom?

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@muppetish Are you aware that the first link provided is not a real commercial, cetainly not a condom commercial, and does not even involve a condom?
By Jove, you are right. Guess I should have watched it better, although it somehow got under ”banned condom commercials” but it may have been a related entry. Hey, sex sells a lot, why not Skittles? Can’t see why people who like sex and believe it just another part of a relationship would object to that commercial, it was rather witty.

Cruiser's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central I cannot imagine one kid over 12 that does not know what a condom is for.

I thought all those ads were hilarious and did a good job of slaying the scared cows that puritanical’s and some parents suppress teens with today about having sex. Sex I still taboo for many and apparently enough of them are there to ban ads that I think did an effective job of making using condoms hip and fun.

Seek's avatar

I think they’re fine for after-dark type shows… but why do daytime sports events (Baseball, football, NASCAR) have to be flooded with them?

I’m no puritan, but I’d like a friggin chance to come up with an appropriate way to broach the discussion on my own terms, not have to stumble over the subject because of a commercial.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Cruiser I cannot imagine one kid over 12 that does not know what a condom is for.
That was to grandfather in the popular belief that anyone under 18 yr. is too ignorant to know anything about sex really, and maybe a few actually don’t.

Sex I still taboo for many and apparently enough of them are there to ban ads that I think did an effective job of making using condoms hip and fun.
That is what I find rather mystifying; in most Western societies, sex seems to be as free and common as Lays potato chips. It is almost expected by the 3rd date and sometimes there doesn’t even have to be a date, just a hook up at the concert, party, etc. As the mistakenly entered Skittle commercial shows, sex is the grease that moves much products and the glue to a lot of advertising, so a condom ad for said grease should be no big WOW.

@Seek I’m no puritan, but I’d like a friggin chance to come up with an appropriate way to broach the discussion on my own terms, not have to stumble over the subject because of a commercial.
You won’t have to have a condom ad beat you to the punch; there are school yards, classrooms, the bus ride to and from, friend’s houses, Internet, TV, restaurant conversation in the next booth, loud cell phone conversation, etc. whew….and that was barely scratching the surface of the list.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Were any of these ads actually banned or simply not aired? I find that people often use the word “banned” far too loosely.

stanleybmanly's avatar

There is the view current among various religious denominations, that anything rendering sex less dangerous must increase the frequency of its occurrence. I suppose it’s a gauge of true righteousness to determine that the rampant diseases resulting from restricting condoms serve as a justifiable deterrent to powerful hormonal drives.

bolwerk's avatar

If you’re asking why libservatives always want to ban everything, I really have no idea.

And @Darth_Algar is right. They were probably played at trade shows or something, not banned.

Seek's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central The kid is five. If there are other five year olds on the playground talking about condoms, I can take that up directly with the parents.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Why is ‘fisting’ a tag here?

My favorite is the guy in the supermarket with the screaming kid. Ha! Natural birth control right there.

I think people are way too sensitive. Sex is a part of life. You’re going to have to explain it to your kids eventually. There’s no reason you can’t come up with an age-appropriate answer to their questions. Even if it’s the typical, “I’ll tell you when you’re older” parental brush-off. A condom commercial isn’t going to screw up your kid.

Oh, and fuck censorship. :)

Seek's avatar

Well, no skin off my back. I gave up TV service several years ago, mostly because I was sick of seeing commercials for pharmaceuticals and “male enhancement” products nine billion times a day.

It baffles me that we have a system set up where people got to their doctor and order pills like it’s the drive through at Burger King.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

I’m not nearly as upset about condom ads as I am about these damn four-hour-long erections I’ve been getting!

Symbeline's avatar

I have no problem with it. If anything, commercials about cigarettes and alcohol should be banned. Condoms and other sex safety stuff is welcome, because they serve a legitimate cause.

Mind you, I’ve not actually seen cigarette commercials forever, and I don’t have cable so…but I know for a fact booze advertising is going on strong.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@Seek I think I’ve seen one male enhancement commercial in the past year, and we watch TV nightly. The one I remember seeing was far from inappropriate. No jokes or innuendos – I wouldn’t have known it was for ED if I wasn’t really paying attention to it.

Wait…is Viagra a male enhancement drug or are we talking about drugs that supposedly make your penis bigger? Because I’ve never seen a commercial about that. Yahoo emails, yes, but not a commercial.

@Dan_Lyons As long as it’s not over four hours, you’re fine. ;)

Cruiser's avatar

@Dan_Lyons Do 3 sets of pushups or try and figure out ANY @Hypocrisy_Central question or answer and it will go away. ;)

livelaughlove21's avatar

@Cruiser I was going to suggest soaking it or scaring it (BOO!), but your way seems just as legitamite.

Seek's avatar

You’ve never seen an Enzyte commercial? Smilin’ Bob?

livelaughlove21's avatar

@Seek Nope.

ETA: Looked it up. I guess I have seen those, but it didn’t come to mind for some reason. Again, you wouldn’t know what it was for if you weren’t paying attention, and I doubt a 5-year-old would catch on to any of that.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@stanleybmanly There is the view current among various religious denominations, that anything rendering sex less dangerous must increase the frequency of its occurrence.
What evidence do you have as a counter to say if you hand out a box of rubbers with the idea they are not to be used, that they won’t ever be used? That would be akin to handing a box of pellets to a kid then telling them they are for firing out of a pellet rifle but they should not mess with the rifle. If they knew where they could lay hold of a pellet rifle quite easily, do you think they would still not lay hold of it and fire some of the pellets even when they know and were told not to?

@livelaughlove21 Why is ‘fisting’ a tag here?
I guess I was thinking of this one, which I forgot to add in.

I think people are way too sensitive. Sex is a part of life.
From what they are supposed to be like with it, yes; some are said to try and suppress it, other in turn just try to control it.

@Symbeline If anything, commercials about cigarettes and alcohol should be banned. Condoms and other sex safety stuff is welcome, because they serve a legitimate cause.
The best way to have safe sex is to stick with one person that you know like the back of your hand to boink.

Mind you, I’ve not actually seen cigarette commercials forever, and I don’t have cable so…but I know for a fact booze advertising is going on strong.
Booze makers have a lot of money and support; because those who like to get hammered pour a lot of money into the booze maker’s coffers making them so strong, and putting up little political opposition so the booze makers can keep making the booze they want to get hammered

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