Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Controversial safe sex video too cheeky for some

Abortion charity Marie Stopes International is targeting children with a risqué video that seems to suggest anal sex as a method of birth control. The charity teamed up with comedy music band The Midnight Beast – brandishing blow-up dolls and condoms – for an online safe sex campaign.

While the song’s lyrics encourage using condoms, it also includes the line: ‘One up the bum and it’s no harm done, one up the bum and you won’t be a mum.' Some viewers have criticised the charity, saying it ignores the risk of spreading Aids and other diseases, while one mother complained: ‘It is a silly way for the charity to spend valuable resources.’

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The video features band member Stefan Abingdon simulating sex with a blow-up doll and another, Dru Wakely, finding a condom in his mouth while eating a banana. It ends with a message warning viewers not to rely on Midnight Beast for safe sex advice, directing them to a Marie Stopes website instead.

Marie Stopes International defended the video, saying it raised awareness of condoms and contraception in ‘a fun way’. It added: ‘This tongue-in-cheek approach leads young people to a website with all the information and contact details they need to make informed lifestyle choices.’

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