Don't sleep with mean people

This is the new campaign of Canadian rapper Baba Brinkman who is crowd-sourcing funding for a music video with the slogan don’t sleep with mean people.


His inspiration was an ancient Greek play called Lysistrata, in which the women collectively withhold sex from their husbands and lovers as leverage to get them to end the Peloponnesian War.

Brinkman acknowledges that this is a form of eugenics but he justifies it on the basis that it’s bottom up rather than top down and people are already selective about who they sleep with. I would also argue that why would you want to sleep with a mean person anyway? The more subtle message is that it’s not cool to be mean, and if you are mean, this is a sure pathway to celibacy.

2 thoughts on “Don't sleep with mean people

  1. That is so funny. Please assure me that this is meant to be a joke, or is Brinkman serious? His statement adds new meaning to the concept of ‘bottom up rather than top down decision making’! Is this his attempt at ‘brinkmanship’?

    1. I think it is meant to be something funny but with a serious message. This is what he says on his website:

      The beauty of “Don’t Sleep With Mean People” is that it works on multiple levels. At the deepest level, it has the potential to transform our species by reducing the frequency of “mean genes” in the human gene pool. But even in the short term, once people learn that bad behaviour is a one way ticket to celibacy, the world will very rapidly become a more peaceful and cooperative place.

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