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

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.

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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:

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

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