Now, thousands of folks who work in TV and Film descend upon Cannes three times a year (MipTV, Festival, and Mipcom) and spend their days going from Hotel to Palais to Dinner to The Grand. And repeat. But how many of us actually lift up our heads as we go about our business?
The day after the market I decided to keep my iPhone in hand, and photograph the goings-on as I shopped for the wife and kids. What did I notice? Condom machines! Condom machines on almost every block. It made me think about a few things. Sex was obviously the first thing. But attitudes about sex was next.
The French clearly look at sex differently than Americans. And I’m a little embarrassed to be prudish about it myself (and that’s the story I’m sticking to!).
The French look at sex as a fun, in the moment experience that feels good, that may (or may not) be tied to any level of love. And that’s all fine. In fact, it’s all perfect. Sex is fun and sex happens. Therefore… make condoms available to everyone. Men, women, teens, etc. Put them on every corner.
Americans on the other hand do their best to make a teenager have to go to planned parenthood for a rubber. Or bring a pack of condoms up to the counter at the local drugstore in front of their neighbor. Or worse, have to ask for them behind the counter.
Jeez… Is sex so bad that we have to hide it behind some counter as if to say “If teens must have sex, I’d rather it be unprotected. That will show them!” Not to mention the tipsy adult couple that just wanna get it on. I say let them have sex.