Charley says: Men – always use a condom

Any feminist analysis of literature, particularly visual media such as TV, will usually end up invoking ‘the male gaze’ – that is, whether female characters are viewed through the prism of (heterosexual) male desires, concepts about women, etc, or whether there is a greater personal truth to them.

Of course, if you’re targeting an ad at heterosexual men that’s largely about their desires, the male gaze is something that’s going to crop up. Back in the 80s, when HIV/AIDS was a very worrying new disease, persuading men to use condoms for pretty much the first time in a generation was something that required a large-scale government health campaign – even if there was a chance they’d get AIDS and die if they didn’t.

So behold, the male gaze writ large. She’s hot (look!), she’s up for it (look!), but oh the horror if she asks you to stay the night!

  • aylwardreed

    Man that's creepy. Is he supposed to be creeped out or turned on by the stuffed bear on the bed?
    Also, is that guy Jesse Birdsall from that enjoyably stupid 90s series 'BUGS'?

  • aylwardreed

    Man that's creepy. Is he supposed to be creeped out or turned on by the stuffed bear on the bed?
    Also, is that guy Jesse Birdsall from that enjoyably stupid 90s series 'BUGS'?

  • 'You don't know where that bear's been, do you?'

    I don't think it's Birdsall, although it's pre-Eldorado so might be. It's not on his Wikipedia entry, anyway: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J