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Poster - Would you be more careful if it was you that got pregnant?
  • Would you be more careful if it was you that got pregnant?
    Brooking, Alan, born 1928
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Would you be more careful if it was you that got pregnant?

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1969 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brooking, Alan, born 1928 (photographer)
    Atherton, Bill (art director)
    Sinclair, Jeremy (copywriter)
    Cramer Saatchi advertising agency (advertising agency)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.1704-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case TECHS

Many people found this poster shocking and even offensive when it first appeared. Contraception was a taboo subject for display in public spaces and the image itself subverts the model's masculinity. However, these shock tactics were effective in drawing men's attention to the issue of unwanted pregnancy. It is a famous example of the power of advertising, and the image has become part of popular British iconography, still referred to and reproduced.

Physical description

Photographic image of a heavily pregnant man.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1969 (made)

Artist/maker

Brooking, Alan, born 1928 (photographer)
Atherton, Bill (art director)
Sinclair, Jeremy (copywriter)
Cramer Saatchi advertising agency (advertising agency)

Materials and Techniques

Offset lithograph

Dimensions

Width: 416 mm, Width: 41.5 cm

Descriptive line

Poster for the Health Education Council, issued by the Family Planning Association. UK, 1969.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Pregnancy; Man; Sexual health

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Advertising; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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