2007/07/24

Totally Tubular

There was a unique fashion show in Beijing on July 11th. It was put on by a sponsor of the 4th China Reproductive Health New Technologies & Products Expo and focused on the sponsor's product. Thankfully, a Reuters photographer dutifully took pictures of all the designs for those of us who did not attend.

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Hats and craft items were displayed at the entrance, and the fashions ran the gamut from swimsuits to wedding gowns. All made from the product of Guilin Latex Factory, which is ..... condoms.

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The purpose of course was to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention. I have a dozen puns to go with this story, but I'll spare you. I'm sure you can "stretch" your imagination and come up with your own.


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Actually, I think it's a clever way to bring attention to a serious global problem. They at least deserve a tip of the cap for having a reservoir of creativity.

Trivia: The word "gamut" comes from Middle English and means the complete scale of musical notes. An estimated 39.5 million people are living with HIV or AIDS, of those, approximately 2 million have access to medication. The disease is out of control in Asia and Africa.

11 comments:

Reena said...

That second picture sure was ironic. Funny actually and the last one looked nice, except when I looked at it a little closer. :))

Pandabonium said...

Reena - As you say, that hat almost looks like something a person would wear until you study it a bit. At least it's water proof. :o

By the way, in the previous post, Momo wondered if you eat eggplant in India?

The Moody Minstrel said...

What's really fun is buying condoms at the local drugstore and watching the teenage girl at the cash register go totally to pieces.

Maybe I should write a post about that.

Swinebread said...

Very creative anything that brings more awareness about HIV/AIDS is a good thing. I understand it's exploded in China.

Now, maybe they should do a show to raise awareness about how Chinese companies shouldn't cut corners, because many of their products are hazardous to human (and pet) life.

Don Snabulus said...

That post was quite a rib-tickler.

Too bad they can't do things like this in The Land of the (Formerly) Free and The Home of the (Formerly) Brave.

Pandabonium said...

Moody - tell you don't need a bag and watch her face.

SB - their bureaucracy is really poor and corrupt which was bound to happen with the focus on economic "growth". The US is trying to catch up by dismantling the regulatory agencies in the interest of corporate profits. Or in the case of pharma, letting the industry run the agency. Buy local. Buy small name.

Snabby - such a show and the idea behind it would really rile the religious right hypocrites.

ladybug said...

I think this is a great idea! It's fun AND sexy (a little bit). I like the first dress, and the fan, the best!

And yes, brings attention to a big problem. In Africa, it's such a huge problem, some countries are doing a pretty decent outreach, other are using the Islamic/Xian freak out method.....I mean the "sex is bad, women are temptresses, and if you get HIV/AIDS you are going to hell" method.

Pandabonium said...

Ladybug - that's a favorite of religion: take something that is natural and which everyone is genetically destined to do and label it as "sin". If they can get people to believe it, they have ultimate leverage.

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

It beats the Fijian nurse's story of demonstrating that 'thing' on a finger and telling the Indian bush woman to do this. A few month's later the woman returned to the clinic and said it didn't work and she was pregnant.
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Pandabonium said...

Wendy - lol. perhaps she needed one for each finger?

Swinebread said...

I'm off to the farmer's market