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Safe Sex (for beetles?)


An amusing new campaign is out to promote both safe sex and endangered species conservation:

“The Center for Biological Diversity announced its participation in the second annual Global Population Speak Out, a month-long effort to publicize the crisis of unsustainable human population growth. The Center is speaking out as part of its overpopulation campaign, which addresses the devastating impacts of overpopulation on endangered species.

As part of its actions for GPSO, the Center for Biological Diversity will distribute 100,000 free Endangered Species Condoms beginning on Valentine’s Day and has launched an educational Web site chronicling the devastating impact of human overpopulation on endangered species.”

I am a little puzzled by the “win a lifetime supply of endangered species condoms” contest.  Lifetime of ….me, the human? The species on the condom?
And how do they calculate what a lifetime supply is, anyway?  Is there an average daily condom usage statistic that you plug into (heh!) a formula of some sort?  It probably uses your age as an adjusting denominator for the total amount.  I’m just sayin’…..

Despite the painful Seuss-ian rhyme, I am very entertained by this.  I would totally sign up to distribute the condoms if they could promise me they would all be beetle skins. So to speak.

Please suggest alternate slogans for other insectile prophylactics in the comments!


Bug_girl has a PhD in Entomology, and is a pointy-headed former academic living in Ohio. She is obsessed with insects, but otherwise perfectly normal. Really! If you want a daily stream of cool info about bugs, follow her Facebook page or find her on Twitter.

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  1. Of all of the insects to be used to promote safe sex, the American Burying Beetle seems like an odd choice. So the only slogan I can come up with is –

    “Unless you want an brood hungry little one, cover your mouse carcass before you bury it. ”

    Arthropodish love

  2. Just can’t get that tweedle beetle puddle paddle battle on a poodle eating noodle out of my mind.
    Thanks for making this Abstinence Tuesday, bug_girl!

  3. before you get all ANTsy in the pansty and rock out with your COCK-roach out with the larvae of your life, be safe. as a wise praying mantis once said, put a condom on your head or when i’m done you’ll soon be dead (or you’ll simply be a tasty meal when i am done).

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