Monthly Archives: August 2010

Younger brothers ruin your sex life! Or maybe not…

Eghad! Imagine my shock and horror when I saw the headline in the UK Metro which screamed: “Your sex life can be ruined by your little brother! Any girl knows that having a little brother can be annoying, but worse than that, they can wreck your sex life.”

I have a younger brother! Oh no! Would a little fratricide be necessary to ensure my sex life stayed happy? And although he is my little brother, he is physically bigger than me, so how the hell was I supposed to rid myself of this sex-destroying sibling?

It was a good thing I decided to read the rest of the article, which was rather at odds with the headline. According to researchers in Australia having a younger brother can delay when a girl starts menstruating and having sex by up to two years. Apparently this is because parents rely on daughters to help rear younger siblings.

Hmmm… I’m not sure about this. Why not younger sisters as well as younger brothers? Surely parents who expect you to help with the smaller kids would do so regardless of their gender.

On the other hand, I did start menstruating and having sex later than most of my peers… by about two years. Then again, I have an older sister who took way more interest in helping to raise the little brat than I did (I ignored him until he was about 10) and she started menstruating and having sex around the same time as most of her friends. Either way I don’t think I could accuse my younger brother of wrecking my sex life. I am well able to do that all by myself 🙂

Sexvertising

Irish newspapers love a press call. This generally involves a young woman of attractive proportions in a bikini standing next to a grinning bald man and the product being advertised, which could be anything from drainage pipes to cars to hamburgers. In the “using sex to sell” stakes this qualifies as cheesy, but harmless. Compared to some international advertising campaigns, the press call or indeed the Hunky Dory’s crisps ad that caused all the brouhaha, look a little quaint. Here’s sexvertising at it’s best… or worst. You decide.

The tag line here reads: “Becoming a donor is probably your only chance to get inside her.” Kinda amusing and for a good cause. I can’t see the Irish Donor Network using something similar though.

Next up, here is one from Chupa Chups. According to Freudian thinking, some of us become orally fixated because of breastfeeding. Either we didn’t get enough of it or we liked it a little too much. I reckon he’d field-day with this one.

Then there is the master of subtle advertising. Step forward Mr Tom Ford…

But nothing compares to this advert from Duncan Quinn and it’s easy to see why it is regarded as the one of the most disturbing adverts ever by feminist groups. I don’t get upset by nudity in ads, or violence on television, but I can’t help but feel that using a rape-strangulation scene to sell tailoring beggars belief. Why? What’s the point? What exactly are they trying to say here? The male model looks rather smug and pleased with himself too as if he has had a grand old time. Maybe it’s meant to be a BSDM scene, but this advert deliberately blurs the boundaries between consensual sexual activity and rape/murder and not in a good way.