Weird History 24 Ridiculously Over The Top WWII-Era STD Prevention Posters  

Melissa Sartore
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List Rules Vote up the funniest WWII-era STD prevention posters.

Venereal disease during WWII was an enemy the US military used propaganda to battle. Posters (and videos) warned of things like the enemy in your pants, potential disease-spreading women, and the lurking presence of sexually transmitted diseases around every corner – all meant to slap servicemen in the face with the message "PROTECT YOURSELF!" And they delivered this message with some fun vintage STD slang to boot. 

Vintage STD posters paid particular attention to syphilis and gonorrhea, two diseases that were problematic during both WWI and WWII. During WWI, VD cost the Allies as many as 18,000 lives per day. With treatment for gonorrhea lasting 30 days and syphilis taking six months, this severely affected the number of servicemen on hand. As a result, 1930s and 1940s propaganda urged prevention as well as treatment, playing on men's senses of duty, masculinity, patriotism, and intelligence in the process.

Women were villainized, and men were shamed, but, overall, disease rates decreased exponentially during WWII. So, give the Allies another victory along with that shot of penicillin.

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Protect The Little Pants Inhabitant You Take Everywhere

Protect The Little Pants Inhab... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 24 Ridiculously Over The Top WWII-Era STD Prevention Posters
Photo:  LyricalWillow/Imgur
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The Enemy Is Disease, Disease Is The Enemy

The Enemy Is Disease, Disease ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 24 Ridiculously Over The Top WWII-Era STD Prevention Posters
Photo:  Arthur Szyk/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 34.0

1942

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You Never Know What You're Going To Get

You Never Know What You're Goi... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 24 Ridiculously Over The Top WWII-Era STD Prevention Posters
Photo:  US Army/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

1940

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You Don't Need Her!

You Don't Need Her! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 24 Ridiculously Over The Top WWII-Era STD Prevention Posters
Photo:  US Navy/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

ca. 1942

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