I'm all for not exaggerating beauty but…

by Suw on December 4, 2006

I just saw an ad on Sky Three promoting the concept that using condoms is cool. Four young lads are walking through the park to have a game of footie. Boy A asks Boy B if Boy B could give him back the condom he loaned him. Boy B says no, he's used it. Intercut with this is footage of two girls clearing up after a party, one of whom looks particularly smug and happy.
Which is all fine. Would all be fine. If only the girls hadn't been really hot, and Boy B hadn't been a complete minger. My lingering response is not 'Oh, condoms are cool!” (and yes, I realise I'm not the target demographic), but 'Ewwwwwwwwwwww'.

Anonymous December 5, 2006 at 8:20 am

Only tangentially related, but whenever I watch the advert that features hordes of bikini-clad models racing across land and sea to reach an average looking guy spraying himself with Lynx (spray more! the final caption exhorts), I don't actually find myself thinking I should buy some of their deodorant (well, maybe I do a bit – I am the target demographic), instead I keep thinking to myself that all those women running and bouncing around without sports bras are going to regret it in later life when their over-strained breasts are dangling around their knees.

Anonymous December 5, 2006 at 6:47 pm

Yeah, but “pretty women out walking with gorillas” is the natural order of things. That's my excuse for a bedside drawer full of unused condoms approaching their sell-by date anyway.

Anonymous December 12, 2006 at 7:58 pm

Hey, I have some out of date condoms in my drawer; you wanna' club together and sell 'em on ebay?

Anonymous January 9, 2007 at 8:22 am

Suw, I had the exact same reaction. Then I remembered that at that age, most girls have no idea how good they look. I would love now to have the face/body I had at age 16 (and didn't appreciate)! Now I'm permanently dieting and using wrinkle cream at the same time as spot remedies…..sigh….but I suppose in 14 years I'll be wishing I could have my 30 year old face/body back!

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