NuvaRing: Sexual Misinformation?

So I’m watching Glee on Hulu because homework is boring and the internet is slowly but surely taking over the world. And because I don’t like interruptions, I opt at the beginning of the clip to watch the two-minute NuvaRing spot, instead of watching the whole episode with commercials throughout.

The scene: there are a bunch of women (props to NuvaRing, they’re not all white) sitting around a pretty garden table, laughing together as they share their hilarious, completely relatable experiences with birth control pill mishaps. The woman in purple embarks on a gripping story about how she dropped a pill while on the subway, and started calling around to pharmacies to ask “if they had any extras.” One pharmacist tells her, “You could probably just use protection, like condoms…”

Woman-in-Purple gives a mock scream of horror, as the rest of the table bursts out laughing at this silly, silly suggestion—clearly, they all agree with woman-in-purple’s assertion that, “that defeats the entire purpose!” Haha. Silly pharmacist. Everyone knows that the only risk of sex is pregnancy, so if you’re on birth control, go ahead, do whatever whacky things you do in your bedroom. You’re covered.

Does anyone else get really annoyed by things like this? It’s bad enough that hardly anyone thinks things like oral sex are “serious” enough to use protection for. And then there are the people who are “saving themselves for marriage,” or are products of abstinence-only sex education and rarely use any protection at all, but that’s a whole ‘nother category of sexual ignorance. But really, NuvaRing, really? Yeah, go ahead, tell your entire viewership that one form of birth control is enough, you don’t need any other sort of protection whatsoever. Come on, people. What about STDs? And yeah, what if you miss a pill, what if something goes wrong?

Then of course, there’s the troublesome line of thinking that, in heterosexual sex, protection is entirely the woman’s responsibility. Of course men don’t need to worry about protection, they’re not the ones getting pregnant!

I mean, I get it, “Wear the NuvaRing and… well, and use a condom anyway” isn’t the best advertising campaign, but isn’t there enough sexual ignorance in America?

What are people’s thoughts on this ad, and about some of the sexual misinformation floating around out there?

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