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Condoms as Safer Sex

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Safe sex is hot sex, 1991

  • Publisher(s):
    Red Hot Organization
  • Type:
    Postcard
Black and white photograph of two naked white woman sitting intertwined on the floor kissing.

Developed in 1990 by the Red Hot Organization, a leading international initiative dedicated to fighting AIDS through popular culture, this campaign featured diverse people locked in intimate poses. The posters combined text and visuals to normalize and eroticize safe sex. Both provocative and instructional, the carefully positioned subjects aimed to encourage viewers to change their sexual practices. The voyeuristic presentation worked in conjunction with the message: sex can be enjoyable and safe for all couples regardless of sexual orientation.

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  • Black and white photograph of four sets of white men and woman embracing naked on a beach.
  • Black and white photograph of a naked African American woman sitting on top of a naked white woman kissing.
  • Black and white photograph of two naked white woman sitting intertwined on the floor kissing.
  • Black and white photograph of two naked white men one is sitting and the other is laying forward on his lap and kissing his chest.

  • Black and white photograph of two naked men embracing. One man is holding the other’s head, who is looking down.
  • Black and white photograph of a naked white man lying on the beach with a naked white woman lying on top of him with her face buried on his lap.