Why do you need to sign in and verify your age to watch sexual health promotional clips?

This is one of the most brilliant sexual health promotion clips I’ve ever come across.

It comes from France, and takes place in a public loo, where the sexually-charged scribbles prominent in public loos come to life and chase each other around the toilet walls.

It is a sexual health message, and the main protagonist is, quite understandably, a (drawing of a) penis.

The penis is upset because, despite his persistent advances, the numerous vaginas, breasts, scantily-clad women, sensuous lips and other sexualised body parts also featured in the video do not reciprocate his interest in them.

It’s clever, funny and ends on a happy note for the protagonist.

However I’m entirely unconvinced by the need to ask people to sign in and verify their age because the clip ‘may be inappropriate for some users’.

Are we scared that teenagers will come across it, giggle at its sexual reference like only teenagers and people who’ve made it to adulthood while living in a bubble invariably do, and proceed to share it with their peers?

Surely that’s the whole point of a promotional campaign.  The audience watches, some may giggle but most will understand the message: that the desired sexual activity was obtained by wearing a condom and none at all was obtained without one.

The video doesn’t encourage people to be carelessly promiscuous.  It reminds people to take care of themselves and to remember to use contraception.  It especially reminds the female partner, if indeed there is one in the relationship, that a male partner who comes fully equipped with contraception is more desirable than one who doesn’t.

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