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Condoms as Safer Sex

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Whatever you call it, use it, or call it a night!, 1980s-1990s

With its variety of terms from the 1980s vernacular, this poster poked fun at the words people used to refer to condoms—including the awkward, unspecific, yet often used “thing.” In doing so, it lightened the new gravity of safer sex.

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Color drawing of columns of condoms with various names for condoms written on each one.