Concerning the Watchmen movie giveaway condom, Annalee at the Bitch blog writes:
However, Ned at Manolith puts it all in perspective:
"While most blogs seem to be talking about this clash between the ideals of the comic series and the commercialism of this promotional item, I was first struck by the overt connection being made between sex and comics. The idea of the "fan boy" has been a topic that I have personally been really interested in lately, so seeing this opportunity for guys to essentially have sex and think of themselves as a superhero* is especially intriguing.
Some may think that a feminist discussion surrounding this condom is a little played out, since the idea that comic books are frequently a boy's club isn't exactly groundbreaking (neither is the notion of men being protectors). However, this does seem especially interesting, right?"
"Like most of America, I have a boner for the new Watchmen movie. Yup. I am so excited to see it, I have a boner."Is there anything sexist about this promotional Watchmen condom? Is a certain gender being discriminated against? Is there a statement being made?
Or is it just that this blue Dr. Manhattan condom sufficiently deals with the massive fan boner?
(of course, women can't have boners, typically. so where does that leave them in this equation?)
(I'm all about giving away free condoms, btw. They are expensive. Though I have my doubts about that blue one.)