Via Reuters:

“An AIDS awareness group in male-dominated India is touting a new, colourful way to dispel chauvinistic notions about sex: comic books.

“Population Council, an international voluntary group, is distributing 250,000 copies of comics among residents of shanty towns in four cities to help change social attitudes and stress the dangers of unsafe sexual practices.”

6 Responses to Elsewhere

  1. gynocrat says:

    So much for ero comics being about escapism…

  2. davidpwelsh says:

    Edu-ero? Still, if they keep people from being infected or women from being abused, best comics ever.

  3. gynocrat says:

    That’s a good point, I wonder, are there any other media outlets in India, that are trying this same initiative?

    Too get call all uncool and heavy: What about men and women in same sex relationships? Last I heard, they can still acquire STDs and also be victims of relationship abuse. [snark] Oh but wait–people in same sex relationships are just about having sex anyway, so … any manga for them, or about them, would just be for titillation purposes only. ((^_-)) [/snark]

    You know, I’m reminded sadly, just what would’ve happened if Peter Parker had only been written to use a condom…

  4. davidpwelsh says:

    It doesn’t seem like it would be the first resort, no. It seems like a pretty smart one, though, and I was kind of taken by how much their descriptions of the pros of using comics — discrete, disposable, portable — sounded like condoms.

    Good question about same-sex equivalents, too. I can think of tons of topics, especially with regard to ways to protect rights as a couple — medical power of attorney and stuff like that. And heck, they’d be useful for straight couples who don’t want to marry for whatever reason.

    “You know, I’m reminded sadly, just what would’ve happened if Peter Parker had only been written to use a condom…”

    Oh, believe me, the call of the spandex-latex jokes is powerful.

  5. Which comic book are they distributing?

    Since some comics can easily REINFORCE those stereotypes.

  6. davidpwelsh says:

    They’ve created some specifically for the project that dramatize things like HIV testing, domestic violence and other related issues.

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