Is your sexual health important to you? Us too!
Lucky Bloke, where I am founder and CEO, has been inundated for months with emails from
“Twitter for Business,” urging us to try out @TwitterAds and turn our followers into customers.
We submitted this sponsored tweet to @TwitterAds program. It was swiftly rejected:
This is hardly explicit or x-rated. (Frankly, it’s not even r-rated.)
Furthermore, neither this tweet (nor our website) link to explicit “sexual content.” Nonetheless, not only was this tweet rejected, our entire account was deemed ineligible because Twitter doesn’t actually allow promotion of safer sex items or contraceptives – even including education around safer sex.
What is actually at work here is the perpetuation of stigma and shame around sex.
Our blacklisted tweet does acknowledge one thing: The essential role pleasure plays in improving consistent condom use. Studies show that if a condom doesn’t fit properly, men are less likely to use them. Lucky Bloke responds to this need by advising customers on their condom options and how to choose proper-fitting condoms.
Twitter’s ban on sexual health items and education is not acceptable.
We are committed to standing up for sexual health and demand that Twitter change it’s faulty policy.
Sign our petition to Twitter to change its advertising policy. Join us as we #Tweet4Condoms!
Twitter states that in 1.1 million people on Twitter in the U.S. alone are interested in health.
However, organizations and businesses dedicated to promoting safer sex education are denied Twitter’s huge audience.
In the fight against the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies, condoms are the first line of defense. If you restrict the distribution of condoms, you are restricting efforts to save lives
Join us and take a stand.
For public and global health. Because sexual care is health care!
Ready to be heard?
Other’s Are Speaking Out
Lucky Bloke isn’t alone. Other nationally renown businesses and organizations such as TheSTDProject and Bedsider (two of our Expert Contributors) are also speaking out against the challenges with Twitter that have blocked their sex education outreach.
We’re demanding change with our #tweet4condoms campaign.
We’ve had great coverage in ThinkProgress, RH Reality Check and you can read our CEO, Melissa’s op-ed here! We’ve had amazing people sharing via their blogs, and publications have even started their own petition (with more than 4,600 signatures) to help get Twitter to change their ad policy so that it supports the dissemination of crucial health information about sexual health and condoms.
The momentum sparked other organizations — Bedsider, Momdoms and The STD Project — to courageously come forward to speak about how Twitter has blocked their accounts or censored their sponsored tweets that contain “sexual content.” Read about it via RH Reality Check!
Larry Swiader, director of digital media at Bedsider, who has had inconsistent success advertising sexual health messages with Twitter has described the situation best:
“They’ve asked us not to talk about sex in a way that is overtly pleasurable, if you will,” …“It’s a funny request because sex is pleasurable, it should be, and it’s healthy when it is. So it puts people in a bind, especially somebody like Melissa [White, CEO of Lucky Bloke], whose business model is built around the idea that people disassociate pleasure from condoms, and that’s part of the reason people don’t use them.”
Let’s acknowledge condoms for what they are: a necessary, safe, socially acceptable way for people to protect their health — and let’s encourage Twitter to show the world that they are utterly unafraid to challenge anyone who attempts to stigmatize or marginalize condom use.
Become our ally. Sign our petition. Share our cause. Take a stand for sexual health.
All the ways you can support the cause and share the campaign:
- SIGNING: our petition asking Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo to remove stigmatizing
and harmful restrictions on condom advertising. http://bit.ly/LBpetition
- SHARING: the campaign’s media coverage!
ThinkProgress: Twitter Is Being Pressured To Stop Censoring Ads About Condoms
RH Reality Check (Our op-ed): Twitter Banned My Company From Promoting Safe Condom Use
RH Reality Check: Twitter Bans Company From Advertising Condoms, Citing ‘Adult or Sexual Products’ Policy
- TWEETING: @twitter / @TwitterAds / @DickC (Twitter’s CEO)
with the campaign hashtag: #Tweet4Condoms
Here are some tweets. Copy/paste your pick!
#Tweet4Condoms because sexual care is health care: http://bit.ly/LBpetition #Tweet4condoms
A #condom a day keeps the doctor away! http://bit.ly/LBpetition #Tweet4Condoms
Condoms are a global health necessity. I stand w/ @theluckybloke to change @Twitter‘s ad policies http://bit.ly/Tweet4Condoms #Tweet4Condoms
#Tweet4Condoms because if you restrict the distribution of condoms, you are restricting efforts to save lives http://bit.ly/LBpetition
Put an end to @TwitterAds restrictions that impede condom access. Sign #petition http://bit.ly/LBpetition #Tweet4Condoms
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