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Know Your Street Art: Sex, Sex, Sex 

Wednesday, Jun 1 2016
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A sticker in the Mission District depicts a large-breasted woman licking a lollipop that says "Fuk u." The shock isn't finding a sex sticker on a San Francisco pole — sex images are a given in a city that celebrates the primal urge for physical intimacy — it's in finding another piece of street art, this one in the Inner Sunset, that warns about the dangers of pornography.

"Porn Kills Love. Fight for Love" is the handiwork of a conservative group in Utah that — as SF Weekly's Siouxsie Q reported in October — plastered billboards with the same message around the Bay Area, which caused a fair amount of consternation and head-shaking. Lots of people said the group, called Fight the New Drug, is trying to moralize behavior in a region where pornography is widely celebrated. Someone with Fight the New Drug, or a supporter, spray-painted "Porn Kills Love. Fight for Love" on the sidewalk right across the street from a Presbyterian church, in a neighborhood that's considered one of San Francisco's more conservative. But the message — done in pink to attract attention — also reportedly appeared on a Castro District sidewalk. The spray painting in the Sunset has lost a bit of its luster now that pedestrians have stepped on it. But Fight the New Drug is expanding its operations, and began a formal presence in San Francisco in April.

The counterpoint lollipop sticker in the Mission sits right above an "Obey" sticker (by the artist Shepard Fairey) that features the visage of Andre the Giant. Both stickers offer immediate visual cues about their origins and messages. Each is a tongue-in-cheek pronouncement that uses humor and displays of flesh to make its point high up on a random pole. The "Porn Kills Love" messages are downers, things people will only notice if they're looking down on the sidewalk. But the contrasting works don't mean that San Francisco is in the middle of a "street art war" about sex practices. At least not yet. – JC

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