During World War II, a foe far more insidious than the aggressive Axis powers was felling our boys fighting overseas. Venereal disease had always been a huge problem for American troops, but in 1942 the government got serious about schooling soldiers to be more conscientious with their erections. Protect Yourself is…
The Return of Count Spirochete was a 1970s educational film that warned kids about the dangers of doing it. This surreal cartoon depicted syphilis as a vampire and gonorrhea as an evil pitchfork-wielding demon who climbs in your urethra.
Back in the day, venereal disease was the bane of the bored and horny soldier, and military propaganda posters resorted to sensationalist tactics to make privates scared of their privates. Mother Jones has collected some of these stunningly bizarre placards.