this week’s contest (and something much nicer to look at)

by Violet Blue on September 21, 2008

Image of men’s underwear ad “JBS Nurse” sniffing the goods instead of making her rounds, via PDesai21.

Okay, sorry about having scary sex toys at the top of my blog for a couple days — I’m about to take your pain away a little bit. I was asked for a “unicorn chaser” but around this ranch, rather than a chaser we tend to prefer a shot of something hard with something a little sweeter “back”. You get the terminology. I thought this image was a pleasing back to a hard shot (the last post), plus it ties in nicely with this week’s sex toy contest giveaway.

That said, this week’s Babeland sponsored VB-September-bday contest is a little subjective but I think we’ll come up with some interesting stuff. Your goal: find, remember, or tell me about the best sex-related ad campaign you can remember, or have seen recently. Bonus points if you have a link. Great places to peep are Adrants/tag/racy, Fleshbot/tag/advertising and Consumerist/tag/sex. By sex-related I mean just downright sexy and hot, or incredibly clever, controversial, or just plain fun. Your deadline: the end of Wednesday, September 24. Leave your noms in the comments or email me directly: violet at tinynibbles dot com and all the usual guarantees on privacy apply. Three winners will get to choose between a Slimline Vibe, Under The Bed Restraints, a Hitachi Magic Wand, an I Rub My Duckie; or Babeland’s Pocket Rocket.

Image of men’s underwear ad “JBS Secretary” sniffing the sniffable bits on the copy machine, via PDesai21.

Violet Blue

The London Times named Violet Blue "One of the 40 bloggers who really count" and Self Magazine named TinyNibbles one of the “Best Sex Resources for Women.” Blue is an autodidact and pundit on sex and technology, hacking and security, porn for women, privacy and bleeding-edge tech culture. She is a journalist for ZDNet, CBS News, CNET; she's an educator, speaker, crisis counselor, volunteer NGO trainer, and the author and editor of over 40 award-winning books.

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1 Gina September 24, 2008 at 7:25 pm

This is my third try, since my entry has yet to show up. Durex has some of the most clever ads I’ve seen.
This one’s for chocolate-flavored condoms:
I also think this one is funny. The placement is perfect, although it must be hard to do with panties on:

2 violet September 24, 2008 at 12:28 pm

anon entry #7:

Here’s my entry for your contest. It’s an ice cream ad from New Zealand.

3 j-boy September 24, 2008 at 12:23 pm

I am surprised no one posted this one yet…the first time I saw this, I was in college and so inebriated I couldn’t believe it was on American network television. You also have no idea what this commercial is for until the very end.

4 Rupsy F. September 24, 2008 at 9:23 am

A PSA that Ricky Gervais could get behind:

As far as trying to sell a product, I don’t think they were going for traditional candy markets with this commercial:

5 Judy September 23, 2008 at 9:14 pm

I love these two Campari ads:
This one is my favorite because I’m always a fan of gender-bending/gender-fucking. It also excites me to see this in advertising in a relatively “normalized” way.

2) AND
These are sexy for obvious reasons: Salma Hayek and excellent lighting. :)

Happy Birthday and thanks for a wee contest!

6 violet September 23, 2008 at 4:40 pm

anon entry #6:

The Condom song – Hilarious and educational!

7 violet September 23, 2008 at 4:39 pm

anon entry #5:

So, here’s my submission: the Durex condom balloon-people ads (such as this one).

I laughed out loud when I first saw them, partly because of the absurdity of two condoms fucking each other but also because it looks so damn realistic! If you got a good artist and drew the appropriate body parts on them, they’d probably look like miniature real dolls…=/ Despite that rather odd correlation, I think it’s one of the funnest sexy ad campaigns I’ve seen in quite a while. Hope you enjoy it too!

8 violet September 23, 2008 at 4:38 pm

anon entry #4:

My main entry, which I think you’ll like best – The French. What can you say? They just have this certain je ne’sais pas when it comes to mixing public ad campaigns and sex:

Also, Exhibit who-knows-what-letter in the ‘The Depths of French Sexuality Are Astounding . . . And Sometimes Creepy As Hell’ category:

9 violet September 23, 2008 at 4:38 pm

anon entry #3:

Here is my entry for the contest!

Beer & naughty-ness, RIGHT ON!

10 Dweller September 23, 2008 at 8:07 am

I like this one its for Radiator Body suits. It seams very Captain Morgan-esque.
the tag: Improve your flexibility! Not as thick. Just as warm. All the rubber you’ll need.
Radioator – via Ads of the World –

11 derek September 22, 2008 at 5:17 pm

I love this guy’s art/ads:


12 Lulu September 22, 2008 at 4:44 pm

I hate that this clip is clearly from one of those cheesy “Naughty Commercials” TV Shows but I do remember just loving the not-so-subtle imagery (mmmmm peas). Plus, like Susan’s mouth-watering French Fruit campaign….. it has the added power of combining TWO luscious pleasures. Fucking AND food!

13 Sara Bee September 22, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Definitely this Campari ad:

It’s hot AND portrays trans people in a beautiful, high-class light. The music also gives me chills.

14 Laura September 22, 2008 at 3:51 pm

I can’t say it’s the sort of thing that turns me on… but it’s still a striking advert, and one of the most blatantly sexual things I’ve ever seen on mainstream TV

And I think I saw a different version of this campaign, but these two are still good

15 Miss Katherine September 22, 2008 at 10:59 am

This is from a few years back. Love the commercial but love their product even more…

16 violet September 22, 2008 at 10:57 am

anon email entry #2:

Has to be this safer sex & aids prevention campaign I saw a few months back.

17 violet September 22, 2008 at 10:54 am

anon email entry #1:

The Iron Bed Company here in the UK once had huge window posters featuring a picture of one of their beds, with “GIVE HER ONE” written underneath :)

It was probably late 90′s, and I’m afraid I don’t have a photo, but it’s easily the biggest innuendo I’ve seen in a mainstream marketing campaign.

18 Lindsay September 22, 2008 at 9:14 am
19 Toni September 22, 2008 at 4:50 am

I’m posting both here and I sent an email. For some reason, my entry last week never showed up when I just posted here…

For this week’s contest, I’m going to go with a book I have on my shelf, called “XXX: The Power of Sex in Contemporary Design” (available on Amazon at It’s a great look at how sex has been used in all kinds of campaigns, from subtle to downright explicit, and how sex and sexy images can range from mainstream to not-so-mainstream. And as a bonus: the cover is made of black rubber. I highly recommend it!

20 Curvaceous Dee September 22, 2008 at 1:31 am

I think the Snicker’s ‘nuts’ campaign, here in New Zealand, was absolutely the best: – watch the behind the scenes story, and the ads, on the site :)

(Men in hot lingerie – you can’t go wrong!)

xx Dee

21 twizted September 21, 2008 at 9:54 pm

This one’s sexy AND it made me laugh – twice!

22 Ken September 21, 2008 at 8:23 pm

I realize it’s tame by TinyNibbles standards, but the “Shave Everywhere” ad campaign from Philips Norelco still amuses the hell out of me.

I was so impressed I bought one, and all my fruits and vegetables were quite smooth there for awhile.

23 Hannah September 21, 2008 at 8:06 pm
24 mia September 21, 2008 at 7:01 pm

I love this sexy, spanish condom ad. Cute girl, cute guy. Works for me :)

25 Sarah September 21, 2008 at 6:52 pm

I was immediately reminded of this sexy, fun and BEAUTIFUL pro-condom ad campaign by James Jean. Here’s a link to his blog w/ pictures of his process and the final posters:

26 Cate September 21, 2008 at 5:54 pm

This is the only image I can find of one of the most controversial ad campaigns to appear in Australia. Searching for the ad I found newspaper articles, essays and forum discussions. That an ad that was only briefly shown eight years ago can still provoke such a stimulating discourse is pretty hot in itself. Plus the National Library of Australia is the only place that seems to still have a visual record of it, damn those librarians are a saucy bunch.

27 bh September 21, 2008 at 5:31 pm
28 Daeni September 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm

“When you turn your car on, does it return the favor?”

That ad was on TV here…for a few days. It’s gotta be my favorite.

29 Susan September 21, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Guaranteed-to-be-persuasive French commercial promoting eating fruit.

30 love September 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm

this one is downright controversial

31 love September 21, 2008 at 4:53 pm

this one is downright controversial

32 Stephanie September 21, 2008 at 4:17 pm
33 jerry September 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm

I still remember these WHO ads from a few years ago.
Wish I could find better quality copies of them.

34 Lolita September 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Here’s my sexy entry for your contest!

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