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post #1 of 19
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I'm not sure if this topic is IMO-worthy, but I'll place it here anyway under the assumption that it will get heated and blown out of proportion. Ah, I'm kidding. I'm actually one who is often guilty of that. So I can say it.

So, I'm watching VH1 at 5:30 in the morning, and a commercial comes on with two younger women engaged in some tableside banter, with some elderly woman eavesdropping and scowling in response to their little chat. At the end, we find she wasn't scowling at all, in fact, she tells these ladies of her experiences with their particular topic of discussion. Bemused laughter ensues.

And what was that topic? Some battery-operated vibrator thing that goes on the end of your finger. Made by Trojan.

Wow, really? Did that just happen? Really?

Maybe certain commercials have "Summer hours" (not that it really makes a difference, but...), but if I were heading off to school in the morning, I could see myself watching VH1 at 5:30 in the morning. It's about the only time you're getting decent videos these days. And quite frankly, I wouldn't be too swift on my kid seeing that.

Yes yes yes, there's plenty of other stuff that's outrageously bad - a lot of it also on VH1! - but this just happened to strike me in a "What was that" sort of way. You can plan a particularly provocative program out of your kid's schedule, but as far as advertisements, well...I was just watching videos! And VH1 typically just has the pop-oriented, kid-friendly stuff.

Between this sort of thing, the viagra-ish commercials, all of the innuendo, it's no wonder kids are so casual in their attitudes about sex. And yet, I've heard taking the taboo out of sex was supposed to be beneficial on certain levels. I don't even know anymore. I guess I really am getting old. I'm becoming my parents. Great.

In the end, I guess this was just a vent. Still...is this sort of thing terribly inappropriate, or am I just out of touch?
post #2 of 19
Guess you have not see the info-mercial on Comaody Central for "extends" it is a pill to take that well.... exteds a man's........ It comes at at like 6am!!!

Anyways I agree I have seen the add you are talking about and I agree. Some things ust should not be on TV at all! I hate all the Trojan and Vigara adds.

They do play the Trojan adds late at night, but the Vigara adds are on during prime time. I think a lot of adds need to be taken off of TV.
post #3 of 19
I don't really care for the new ad from Quiznos about the torpedo. The innuendos are terrible and I don't really find it funny either.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LQpRQh2KSQ
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by snosrap5 View Post
I don't really care for the new ad from Quiznos about the torpedo. The innuendos are terrible and I don't really find it funny either.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LQpRQh2KSQ
Yeah I don't like that either. I think it is gross. I also HATE all the Axe commercials! I do find the old spice one kind of funny. The one for their body wash. They have the high school kids smelling it and they are like "this won't increase my ability to mate." (They are poking fun at all the Axe ads)
post #5 of 19
My brother is appalled by the Trojan ....."toy" commercial. I gues it's on when he watches Comedy Central. I haven't seen it yet. Now, I was watching a Law & Order rerun on USA the other day, about noon, and they had a condom commercial with a mime hand demonstrating how to put it on.....I don't need to see that! Especially at noon! The FCC must have really relaxed their standards lately.
post #6 of 19
I don't think advertising for items that are related to sex is necessarily the probelm with kids being engaged in sexual behavoir and talk at an ever younger age. Sex is healthy and talking about items that are available shouldn't be a probelm. I certainly don't think that a device for self pleasure should be a big issue. Its not like it was some of the other toys that are available that look like phallics, I can understand not wanting to see that. But the "little rubber things" are discreet enough to air on tv. They want to sell them so they advertise.

I have more of an issue with the victoria secret commericals and any other items that use blatant sexual images to sell their goods. There was one a few years ago with the girls scantily clad (of course) and the bass music was pumping as they twisted and the camera turned, focusing on certain areas of their bodies more than others and it was WAY more sexually suggestive than "the little rubber thing" commercial. It also warps minds to think that that is what is EXPECTED and NORMAL for young ladies to be and young men to want. While there is nothing wrong with fantasy, kids don't know it is supposed to be fantasy not the reality of a healthy sexuality and thats creating the issues we see today. Not to mention other programs on tv and music lyrics etc.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
My brother is appalled by the Trojan ....."toy" commercial. I gues it's on when he watches Comedy Central. I haven't seen it yet. Now, I was watching a Law & Order rerun on USA the other day, about noon, and they had a condom commercial with a mime hand demonstrating how to put it on.....I don't need to see that! Especially at noon! The FCC must have really relaxed their standards lately.
If it was on network tv the FCC may have had a cow over it but cable standards aren't as restrictive as the networks. Maybe that's why you seen it at noon.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by snosrap5 View Post
I don't really care for the new ad from Quiznos about the torpedo. The innuendos are terrible and I don't really find it funny either.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LQpRQh2KSQ
You're right - way too suggestive.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
My brother is appalled by the Trojan ....."toy" commercial. I gues it's on when he watches Comedy Central. I haven't seen it yet. Now, I was watching a Law & Order rerun on USA the other day, about noon, and they had a condom commercial with a mime hand demonstrating how to put it on.....I don't need to see that! Especially at noon! The FCC must have really relaxed their standards lately.
I know exactly which commercial you are talking about. I felt that that commercial was just a little too whats the word?? "REVEALING?" Kids don't need to see that kind of stuff..
post #10 of 19
My local Walgreens has these on the shelf in the check out lane. "Power shots" which is a ounce sized drink to give you energy, KY lube, a home preg. test, an at home drug test, a DNA at home kit, (dont really know how that one works) and a hangover medication.
All on the eye level of children.
post #11 of 19
Wow, sounds like I am the only one not bothered by these kinds of things. Don't you think there are worse things in the media than these normal useful items being advertised or stocked on shelves?
post #12 of 19
Don't forget "Smiling Bob" who gives the gift that keeps on giving...
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by threecatowner View Post
Don't forget "Smiling Bob" who gives the gift that keeps on giving...
Haha, Bob gives me the creeps.......
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by fifi1puss View Post
Wow, sounds like I am the only one not bothered by these kinds of things. Don't you think there are worse things in the media than these normal useful items being advertised or stocked on shelves?
No you are not - quite frankly, I don't get what huge taboo sex is.... Let's face it - kids start m*sturb*ting when they are 5-6 years old... Ops, lets not say that word, it is a sin... The thing is, on that age, they are playing doctor, they have NO idea it is wrong... Then come the parents, with all these taboos... Then kid grows up full of issues, not knowing how to have healthy relationships, because "God forbid we can't talk about this". Over 1/2 of the women don't feel pleasure with their partners during their whole lives, because they can't enjoy 100% the moment... They grew up thinking sex is wrong, dirty....
You know what is wrong and dirty? Is all the blood, that is shed live on TV, the wars, the violence, people being mean to people, hurting people, racism, coups, stolen elections, terrorism... EVIL. That is wrong...
Sex is a natural thing, part of a well balanced life... IMO people just need to get over THEIR own fears of discussing things with their kids, before they learn elsewhere... A LOTof rude wake up calls happen because of this taboo.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by carolinalima View Post
No you are not - quite frankly, I don't get what huge taboo sex is.... Let's face it - kids start m*sturb*ting when they are 5-6 years old... Ops, lets not say that word, it is a sin... The thing is, on that age, they are playing doctor, they have NO idea it is wrong... Then come the parents, with all these taboos... Then kid grows up full of issues, not knowing how to have healthy relationships, because "God forbid we can't talk about this". Over 1/2 of the women don't feel pleasure with their partners during their whole lives, because they can't enjoy 100% the moment... They grew up thinking sex is wrong, dirty....
You know what is wrong and dirty? Is all the blood, that is shed live on TV, the wars, the violence, people being mean to people, hurting people, racism, coups, stolen elections, terrorism... EVIL. That is wrong...
Sex is a natural thing, part of a well balanced life... IMO people just need to get over THEIR own fears of discussing things with their kids, before they learn elsewhere... A LOTof rude wake up calls happen because of this taboo.
I get what you are saying. I agree that sex is natural and should not be made to seam like a bad thing. My issues is how companies use sex to sell their products. Condoms, vibrators, Viagra, and KY jelly are products that IMO do not need to be advertised! We all know they are out there.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by Emy4cats View Post
I get what you are saying. I agree that sex is natural and should not be made to seam like a bad thing. My issues is how companies use sex to sell their products. Condoms, vibrators, Viagra, and KY jelly are products that IMO do not need to be advertised! We all know they are out there.
You could argue why advertise for ANYTHING. We all know the cars that are out there and if I have to see another Swiffer or Renuzit commercial I will shot myself.

They are not using sex to sell their products the products ARE for sex. I have a probelm with advertisers selling products using sex that are unrelated to sex. I think THAT is what parents should be worried about is their children getting a WARPED sense of what sex really is. Girls thinking it is normal to be sexualized and boys thinking to be cool and a "man" they need to act a certain way towards woman. It is sick. The whole system is warped and beyond repair in my estimation.

But I do agree the ExTenZe commercial or whatever the product is called with that Smilin Bob guy is super creepy....really really creepy.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by fifi1puss View Post
You could argue why advertise for ANYTHING. We all know the cars that are out there and if I have to see another Swiffer or Renuzit commercial I will shot myself.

They are not using sex to sell their products the products ARE for sex. I have a probelm with advertisers selling products using sex that are unrelated to sex. I think THAT is what parents should be worried about is their children getting a WARPED sense of what sex really is. Girls thinking it is normal to be sexualized and boys thinking to be cool and a "man" they need to act a certain way towards woman. It is sick. The whole system is warped and beyond repair in my estimation.

But I do agree the ExTenZe commercial or whatever the product is called with that Smilin Bob guy is super creepy....really really creepy.
Sorry I guess I was not clear. I was referring to the Axe and Quiznos ads. They are using sex or sexual innuendo and it is just unnecessary.
post #18 of 19
My pet peeve is morning radio. If I had to drive little kids to school in the morning I'd probably have it OFF rather than risk having litte ones listen to it. The worst is Imus in the Morning - which I admit I listen to because there is a small chance of hearing something intelligent as opposed to NO chance on other stations. But it is absolutely not kid-friendly and at 7-8 AM I have to wonder about that.
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by fifi1puss View Post
I don't think advertising for items that are related to sex is necessarily the probelm with kids being engaged in sexual behavoir and talk at an ever younger age. Sex is healthy and talking about items that are available shouldn't be a probelm. I certainly don't think that a device for self pleasure should be a big issue. Its not like it was some of the other toys that are available that look like phallics, I can understand not wanting to see that. But the "little rubber things" are discreet enough to air on tv. They want to sell them so they advertise.

I have more of an issue with the victoria secret commericals and any other items that use blatant sexual images to sell their goods. There was one a few years ago with the girls scantily clad (of course) and the bass music was pumping as they twisted and the camera turned, focusing on certain areas of their bodies more than others and it was WAY more sexually suggestive than "the little rubber thing" commercial. It also warps minds to think that that is what is EXPECTED and NORMAL for young ladies to be and young men to want. While there is nothing wrong with fantasy, kids don't know it is supposed to be fantasy not the reality of a healthy sexuality and thats creating the issues we see today. Not to mention other programs on tv and music lyrics etc.
Ok, my question is, if you had an 13 year old daughter and she put the finger vibrator on her christmas list because she saw it on TV, would you get it for her and put it in her stocking? I admit, I learned more about sex watching Dr Ruth in the 80's in my room than I did from my parents, but who wants to hear about anything but the birds and the bees from their parents?? Especially when it comes to "toys"?? Ewwwww....(believe me, after my parents passed I cleaned out the house and found a box with...ummm...well, just ewwwwww! Now I understand why they stayed married for 40 years!)

I can understand your point about VS commercials...to a point. Yes, they use beautiful, perfect models (doesn't every company) but of COURSE they are scantily clad....it's an underwear company primary. I do wish they would have more "normal" women in their commercials, but I wish every company would do that. Even Lane Bryant which is a "plus size" company uses models that are probably at the max, size 12-16. That doesn't help. My mom was size 26-28. Most things she ordered she was happy about, but some things just were wrong. (Sorry...getting off topic here).

Bottom line is...I think kids should not know about these things (IE vibrators, toys, etc) until they are adults. Yes, they can do research on their own on the internet, but cable tv shouldn't be allowed to give them ideas on what to reasearch. That's just IMO.
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