This Spotify ad gives me the creeps.
I can’t tell if it is supposed to be making fun of teenagers making out or is seriously telling teenagers that the right playlist is all you need to “seal the deal.” She does not look like an adult to me, but I’m willing to conceded that I could’ve crossed the too-old-to-tell line. However, if she’s a high school girl and if it’s not a joke that I’m missing, I feel like the concept unhelpful, ill-timed and out-dated.
Instead of this ad, we should be telling our teenagers: Use your words, like your parents taught you at the age of two, to ask if taking the next step of having safe sex is appropriate and seek enthusiastic consent rather than finding Barry White on Spotify. Or go home because if you’re too immature to have a conversation with your partner about sex, you are definitely too immature for sex.
Perhaps, the ad caught me on a bad day — some people certain thought I took the Multigrain Cheerios TV ad about a mom so excited to fit into her teen daughter’s jeans too seriously — but I hate how many lies we perpetuate around sex and consent and rape and healthy relationships and marriage and falling in love and staying in love. A romantic or sexy or fun playlist is nice but to get into someone’s pants? That’s ridiculous if you haven’t both decided the pants should come off before the playlist begins.