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Durex Ads: Um, WTF?

March 19, 2010 Advertising, Culture 1 Comment

Advertising commentators are all about this Durex ad campaign by the German designer Andrej Krahne, but we here at Sex and the 405 have a question: why is the woman made up of shiny happy words while the man is made of neutral or negative ones?

We hate to get all Jezebel on this, but just what message is Durex sending? That women feel no exertion during sex and that they exert no judgment or wisdom? And what’s with the fruits? Fruits? Really?

Let us tell you something, Durex — no matter how much we love sucking dick, we’re not thinking “happy, happy, happy, happy, happy” while administering a blowjob. Sorry to break it to you.

Oh, and we’re still confused about those fruits.

Images from Durex, via Penn Olson.

Love Thy Neighbor!

Most of the time, our editrix shuns the “go green” movement as a tool of evil to guilt us out of private jets and into commercial aircraft that treat us like cattle.

Every once in a while, though, a company will harness our fear of destroying the planet into a clever marketing campaign.

MeetLocals hit the nail on the head with this little ad. “Go green, date your neighbor.” If that’s not an automatic win, we don’t know what is.

Now all we need are some fuckable neighbors. Anyone else based out of the west side? Maybe we should join the site, but who needs to keep track of yet another site profile? These dating site people need to figure out how to do Twitter and Facebook integration so we can stop wasting time updating profiles all over the web.

Women vs. Men (The Pity Party)

February 13, 2010 Advertising, Culture No Comments

We here at Sex and the 405 are mildly amused and also a little bit sad. At once. How uncomfortable. Below is the Dodge Charger Superbowl ad. Below that is “the female version” response.

The spoof response:

We have a choice, you know. We don’t have to do any of these things. We know, we know. It’s a bleak thing to consider not settling and never finding a partner. But isn’t being alone better than this? Jeez!

Via Mir.

Do You Take It In The Ass? (NSFW)

February 3, 2010 Advertising, Culture, web 3 Comments

A question we’re sure a lot of people wish they could ask on a first date, but tend not to. As with anything that might be important to you, we here at Sex and the 405 think you should certainly ask. Don’t let them kid you, sexual compatibility is important in a relationship:

We are going to have this song stuck in our heads all day. The least we could do is share.

You’re welcome!

Via Peter Shankman.

The Hottest Bod in The World

Mid-December, we told you about a contest featuring some serious man meat, Hottest Bod in the World contest.

The results, ladies and gentlemen, are in: the winner, with over 20,000 votes is 26-year-old Jordon Nemitz and he’s coming to Hollywood later this month–in the form of a billboard, to be displayed for our oggling delight (as we battle gridlock traffic-induced nosebleeds) above the W at Hollywood and Vine.

Until then, we have secured some exclusive shots from last week’s NYC photo shoot with the Hottest Bod winner! Yes, you can click for bigger images. And yes, we know you love us. If you’re really nice, maybe we’ll bring you along when this hunk of man comes to town to party in a few weeks.

Until then…

Porn Star for the Neutering and Spaying of Animals

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, otherwise known as PETA, is well-known for its controversial, largely WTF? campaigns. Just last month, they got hell (literally) for some ads featuring Playboy model Joanna Kruga naked save for a crucifix.

Now, once again exercising their cleverness (not really?), they’re making a point about fixing your pets with porn star Sasha Grey:

Um… OK, PETA. But, look, we forgive you. I mean, it’s Sasha-effin-Grey.

Image via Fleshbot.

Carl’s Jr. Sells Sex–err, Salads with Kim Kardashian

December 28, 2009 Advertising, Culture No Comments

Some may say that Carl’s Jr. has pioneered the art of making real-life food porn with pop culture-relevant sexpots.

I say they have pioneered the commercials with so many different messages that you’re not entirely sure what is being sold until the end.

Remember the 2005 Carl’s Jr. commercial with Paris Hilton? You weren’t sure if she was selling a Bentley, car wash supplies, or a bathing suit until she took a bit of their spicy BBQ burger.

Now Kim Kardashian has an ad out for them that makes you wonder if you should be buying lingerie, fluffy towels, stain removers, or bubble bath.

(And why is Kardashian taking a bath before she finishes making a mess? And why does she eat with her hands if she’s so OCD about cleanliness?)

Which is totally not to say that I don’t think it’s hot. Though I really think the dressing should have dripped on her boobs. But that’s me. I like messy.

Image via What the Hell Are You Eating? Video via Manolith.

It’s A Hot-Off!

December 18, 2009 Advertising, Culture, Eyecandy, Men 1 Comment

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Look at those bodies. It’s the final round of Hottest Bod in the World contest, run by Body Heat, a men’s fragrance from Parfums de Coeur.

Gratuitous contests like these make life worth living. I don’t know how many countries are represented or whether every hot hunk in the world was given a fair chance and I don’t really give a damn. Here are the three finalists and that’s more than enough for this woman.

If you can pry your eyes for a second, I’ll tell you about this thing. These three dudes are engaged in the last round. Their points from this vote will go to their overall scores, bringing them one step closer to World Hotness Domination, or, rather, a billboard over the new W in Hollywood and $10,000 to burn around town (which will last him all of two minutes the way we roll here, but, hey, welcome to L.A.)!

A guy’s rank in the competition is determined by a point system: they get one point for every time a visitor to the site rates him hot and 15 points for each fan they get on Facebook. The contest also involves a series of duels, for which the winner gets 5 points for every Facebook fan their opponents have.

Call me primitive, but there is nothing hotter than seeing men duel.

So go poke around the site and pick a hunk to drool over. The winner’s going to need someone to show him around town once he gets here, right? I’d volunteer, but I’ve myself my own out-of-this-world hot hunk right in my bed waiting for a different kind of final round, so it’s all you, baby. Yeah, I thought you’d like that.

Information and image from HottestBodInTheWorld.

Nudes and Catholic Iconography for the Love of Animals

December 10, 2009 Advertising, Culture, Eyecandy, Women 1 Comment

Playboy model Joanna Krupa is all tangled up in a controversy regarding her latest contribution to the expansive catalog of controversial PETA ads.

Krupa, a practicing Catholic, is depicted in one PETA’s “Be An Angel For Animals” ads nude with only a crucifix to cover her naughty bits. Another ad features her topless, holding a dog to cover her chest, and a dangling rosary.

Needless to say, people are pissed. We here at Sex and the 405 think it’s in poor taste, but this is PETA, after all. They love to court controversy.

In the words of Lisa Lange, senior vice president of communications for PETA: “Sex does sell.” No explanation about how Catholicism fits into all of this, other than the fact that Kruga is a practicing Catholic.

Image via Trash Selector. Information from Newsy.

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That Steam allows the objectification and sexualization of female characters in a variety of its games but refuses to accept a game about actually engaging with women in a more interactive fashion is astonishingly backward.

FetLife Is Not Safe for Users

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Why You Should Vote No On Prop 35

Should people who benefit (parents, siblings, children, roommates!) from the earnings of “commercial sex acts” (any sexual conduct connected to the giving or receiving of something of value) be charged with human trafficking? Should someone who creates obscene material that is deemed “deviant” be charged as with human trafficking? Should someone who profits from obscene materials be charged with human trafficking? Should people transporting obscene materials be charged with human trafficking? Should a person who engages in sex with someone claiming to be above the age of consent or furnishing a fake ID to this effect be charged with human trafficking? What if I told you the sentences for that kind of conviction were eight, 14 or 20 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $500,000, and life as a registered sex offender?

Pretty and Calls Herself a Geek? Attention Whore!

If you are a woman, you might be given a chance to prove yourself in this community. Since there is no standard definition of what a “geek” is and it will vary from one judge to the next anyway, chances of failing are high (cake and grief counseling will be available after the conclusion of the test!). If you somehow manage to succeed, you’ll be tested again and again by anyone who encounters you until you manage to establish yourself like, say, Felicia Day. But even then, you’ll be questioned. As a woman, your whole existence within the geek community will be nothing but a series of tests — if you’re lucky. If you aren’t lucky, you’ll be harassed and threatened and those within the culture will tacitly agree that you deserve it.

Cuddle Chemical? Moral Molecule? Not So Fast

Zak’s original field, it turns out, is economics, a far cry from the hearts and teddy bears we imagine when we consider his nickname. But after performing experiments on generosity, Zak stumbled on the importance of trust in interactions, which led him, rather inevitably, to research about oxytocin. Oxytocin, you might remember, is a hormone that has been linked previously to bonding — between mothers and children primarily, but also between partners. What Zak has done is take the research a step further, arguing in his recent book, The Moral Molecule, that oxytocin plays a role in determining whether we are good or evil.

How to Avoid Pissing off a Stripper

Let’s talk about the strippers. Whether they like to be half-naked or not, whether they enjoy turning you on or not, there’s one thing they all have in common: they’re working. Whether you think that taking one’s clothes off for money is a great choice of career is really beside the point (is it a possibility for you to make $500 per hour at your job without a law degree? Just asking). These women are providing fantasy, yes, but that is their job. And as a patron of the establishment where they work, you need to treat them like you would anyone else who provides a service to you.

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