Durex confronts sexual stigmas to promote inclusive sexual satisfaction
Durex's new brand positioning is an acknowledgement of both the pressures society places on our sex lives, and a reminder that we can choose to cast them aside in favour of a more positive outlook.
Deputy Editor, BITE
Durex has unveiled a major new positioning and visual identity, railing against sexual taboos, stigmas and outdated, non-inclusive attitudes. Devised by Durex’s global creative agency Havas London, it marks a significant development in the 91 year-old brand’s marketing strategy.
In 2017, Durex conducted a global sex survey, asking 29,000 people questions about sexual taboos, preferences and concerns. It set out to explore how sex lives are evolving around the world, and to establish how people think and feel about sex and what impact that has on the rest of their lives.
It revealed an ever-changing sexual landscape, one that in particular resulted from the pervasive spread of information, both positive and negative, online. Two thirds of those surveyed are not fully satisfied with their sex lives; 71% of guys use porn as inspiration for their sex life; while 1 in 2 people have never been tested for STDs.
This Valentine’s Day, Durex want to challenge sexual norms and move away from previously stylised depictions of sex, citing the unsustainable amount of pressure that people are put under from the media, dating apps and their peers. The brand have released a new visual identity and positioning from Havas London, ‘Challenge the norms’, that proposes more positive and inclusive attitudes towards sex.
The campaign’s aim is to normalise sex for everyone, no matter how it looks; to open up the space for honest conversation and ensure that no one feels excluded from it. The open letter released this Valentine’s Day wants to tackle the idea that good sex only happens on special occasions and challenge rather than enforce societal sexual conventions.
On a day when red roses pile up on office desks and shops sell out of heart-shaped confectionary, Durex’s campaign is a refreshing one, particularly from a 91-year-old brand that has historically talked about sexual safety, not satisfaction. It’s an acknowledgement of both the pressures society places on our sex lives, and a reminder that we can choose to cast them aside in favour of a more positive outlook. As the letter reads, “Worry less about how it ‘should’ look. Celebrate how it can feel.”