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Apr 21

Gaining the power back

Posted on Monday, April 21, 2014 in Guest blogger, UC Berkeley

Shep_logo rainbow transparent How much have you heard about sexual assault prevention here on the UC Berkeley campus? Other than protecting yourself, do you know how to handle a situation that just feels off? If you are like me, the chances are that the only time someone has address the topic of sexual assault here on campus was when you had to complete the EmpowerU requirement your first semester in Berkeley. Now how many students can honestly say that they paid attention to the whole presentation and can reiterate the information?

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Photo: http://notadamandsteve.com/dealing-with-sexual-assault/

My thoughts regarding the current state of sexual assault prevention efforts on campus is that there is a lot more that can be done. It feels like the students only hear of sexual assault when it is already too late and someone close to them or themselves have been affected. Do the students understand which resources and the process of a sexual assault case go through here on campus? I know the resources on campus but it’s sad to hear that the majority of students are not that lucky. I would like to see more efforts done to prevent sexual assault. I understand that April is sexual assault month but how many know this?

Both of my experience with EmpowerU were informative and beneficial. Not only did I relearn the steps to prevent sexual assault for myself but for others. The workshops still has the same effect on me even though it has been little over a year. The videos used throughout the presentation are impacting and explicit show the signs of someone in trouble. The other videos shows how anyone can be affected by sexual assault and it empowers others to speak out for there are others who can relate.

The EmpowerU video will impact the campus positively for the video will be available for anyone to review and access. We are living in a technology based society, where social medias are spreading messages and information. Social medias reach more students faster and also has the benefit of reaching other people in the world. The new EmpowerU video has the capacity to inform various students on sexual assault and how to take the necessary steps to prevent this from happening.

One thing that I personally will do to prevent sexual assaults is by spreading the word. I will making myself available for anyone that wishes to talk and I can also host workshops at the resident halls as part of spreading the word. By participation in events throughout the month of April where I can ask others to join me in bring awareness on the issues that surround us. To create a safe community where the sexual assault can be addressed and resources provided will be the best way to spread the word among our society. Together we can bring power to our voices. Lucero for grp blog

“Lustful” Lucero, UC Berkeley SEXpert

 

Apr 4

Self-Directed STI Testing Comes to Tang!

Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014 in Sexy Saturdays, UC Berkeley

Ms. Robin, Sex Goddess logoDid you hook up with someone and now you’re not sure if you have an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection)? Or has it been a while since your last STI check? If you’re answer is “yes” to either question posed you are in luck!!!! You can get tested for STIs at the Tang Center without scheduling an appointment. How? Using the new University Health Services, Tang Center Self-Directed STI Testing option, that’s how. We’ve been working on this new service for 3+ years and not it’s finally come to fruition. I, for one, am super excited about this new service and testing option!

Self-Directed STI Testing is available to all UC Berkeley students regardless of having enrolled in the University’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).  However, if you are hoping to use this new service you will need to have an eTang Portal email address, which can be setup online at your convenience. While there are many STIs that you could be exposed to the new self-directed testing option is limited to the following common tests and sample collections:

  1. HIV anti-body test using a blood sample SS STD image
  2. Chlamydia test using a urine sample
  3. Gonorrhea test using a urine sample

This new service is great for students who are at low-risk. Low-risk students include students who do not have any current physical symptoms. Is that you?  This service is not intended to replace medical appointments, but rather to serve as an additional screening tool for STIs.  This service is not recommended if you are experiencing any symptoms that may be associated with STIs such as a rash, itching, unusual discharge from the vagina or anus, or other common symptom. If you fall in this latter camp, I encourage you to schedule a medical appointment to be seen and obtain treatment, if necessary. I would also encourage you to schedule a Health and Wellness coaching appointment if you are not sure why you think you are at risk for an STI or if you would like information on how to prevent STIs in the future.  If you were the victim of a sexual assault or think you should get tested because you had sex while you were high or drunk and cannot recall if you used a condom or dental dam you are encouraged to schedule an appointment with our Social Services staff.

Right now could not be a better time to launch the University Health Services, Tang Center Self-Directed (STI) Testing as April is STD (sexually transmitted disease) Awareness Month! It is always a good idea to know your STI status, especially if you plan on being sexual with others. Happy testing!  Until next Saturday…

Keep it safe and sexy,

Ms. Robin, the Sex Goddess

Have a topic or question you’d like me to address in a future Sexy Saturdays article? Send it to me at RMills@sexucation.org.

Mar 8

The Great Thing About Foreplay

Posted on Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Sexy Saturdays, UC Berkeley

Ms. Robin, Sex Goddess logoDo you remember your first PG-13 make-out session? I do. I was 13 years old. I was in my first “real” relationship. I was in my room or somewhere – I don’t really remember that part. What I do remember is kissing my partner for minutes at a time coming up only for air. When I say minutes at a time, I think we kissed for about an hour. During the make-out session we touched each other under our shirts. The sensations that my body experienced were AMAZING! It was the first time my vagina tingled that special way that it does when I’m horny. When the session was over my panties were soaked and my partner had an erection that was clearly visible through his super baggy jeans.  We hadn’t had sex of any kind – just passionately kissing and touching. I’m not talking about the kind of kiss you give your Grandma. I’m talking about the type of kissing that involves open mouths and often an exchange of saliva. You may know it as French, TV, or deep kissing, swapping spit, tongue wrestling, doing the tongue tango, or some other name.  That PG-13 make-out session was my introduction to sexual experiences and foreplay.

While kissing is the most common form of foreplay, it is not nearly the only form.  Foreplay is any verbal or physical interaction that foreplay 2leads to sexual desire or arousal. Often time’s foreplay is used as a prelude to orgasm or sex – whatever type you may be having. Verbal foreplay may be calling your partner on the phone and telling them how much you want to ravish them the next time the two of you are together. It may be speaking in sexy, breathy voice, or whispering sweet nothings or dirty talk. Physical forms of foreplay may include cuddling, kissing, touching, and oral sex, and more. The great thing about foreplay is that literally anything you and your partner(s) do to turn each other on counts. How hot is that!?!

Goal of foreplay is to have a pleasurable sexual experience.  It may or may not be a prelude to orgasm or sex. The duration of foreplay varies from experience to experience. You may have a short period of foreplay that lasts just minutes. You may have foreplay that starts in the morning and lasts all day. For the record, women report wanting longer periods of foreplay than men do. Figured I’d throw that out there as a hint to any of you hoping to have sex with women.

foreplay 1There are several hormones that play a role in sexual arousal including testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and more. Foreplay is important as it helps to stimulate the release of these sexy hormones and heighten sexual experiences. If you are using foreplay as a prelude to sex with penetration it is a great way to get your vagina wet enough or penis erect in preparation. If you are using foreplay as a prelude to orgasm, it is a great way to stimulate your partner all the way to your goal! If you’re not using foreplay as a prelude to sex or orgasm as many people do, it’s a great way to build intimacy between you and your partner(s).

Today is a great day for some foreplay. Call, text, or snapchat that lucky someone and tell them all the things you want to do to them…consensually, of course! You’re on your way to enjoying foreplay. Until next Saturday…

Keep it safe and sexy,

Ms. Robin, the Sex Goddess

Have a topic or question you’d like me to address in a future Sexy Saturdays article? Send it to me at RMills@sexucation.org.

Jan 30

36th Annual National Condom Week at UC Berkeley

Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 in Sexy Saturdays, UC Berkeley

Ms. Robin, Sex Goddess logoIt’s almost here! I can’t wait! This event comes every year on February 14. Do you know what I’m talking about? That’s right! National Condom Week is coming soon! National Condom Week started on the UC Berkeley campus in 1978 by a group of students wanting to promote safer sex to their fellow students through education and humor. However, the idea to pair a safer sex awareness event with the widely recognized and celebrated, Valentine’s Day was not only sexy, but rather clever as well. So clever that National Condom Week events started popping up all over the US at other universities, colleges, high schools, health centers and other venues whose audience included potentially sexually active young people. Today, National Condom Week events are held in the US and in the United Kingdom (UK). February has also become recognized as National Condom Month. Good job, UC Berkeley students for creating an event that has lasted longer than…I think I’ll leave that one alone.

National Condom Week returns to the UC Berkeley campus on Monday, February 10th – Thursday, February 13th from 11am – 1pm each day. The 36th annual safer sex awareness event by the Sexual Health Education Program (SHEP) Sexperts will not disappoint. In addition to providing free safer sex kit samples and bringing out our famous costumes, here’s a sneak peak at what’s planned: NCW 2014 2

Dam-It Monday looks at commercial and do-it-yourself barrier methods such as dental dams, gloves, and finger cots. What barrier method would be complete without its best-friend lube? This day will also look at different types of lubrication and how each may enhance your next sexual experience.

Insert-It Tuesday will share information on how to use properly use insertive condoms in a vagina or anus. There are some super fun activities planned for this day including insertive condom hacky sack, Vulva and anus “pin the tail,” and an insertive condom fisting activity to show how stretchy these sexy condoms can be.

Wear-One Wednesday focuses on traditional condoms commonly worn on a penis, toy or phallus. Fun activities include traditional condom demos, creating your own condom lollipops, and testing the durability of traditional condoms by filling them with water and tossing them at a consenting opponent. You like how smooth I worked consent in, don’t you?

All-of-the-above Thursday will combine all of the safer and sex information and activities and bring them to you on exhilarating day! If you missed a day, or an activity, or loved something so much you want more this day is for you!

Huge thank you to the following companies and organizations for your generous donations:

  • Wallace O-Farrell, Inc
  • Sir Richard’s Condom Company
  • Okamoto, USA
  • Adam & Eve

Until next time…

Keep it safe and sexy,

Ms. Robin, the Sex Goddess

Have a topic or question you’d like me to address in a future Sexy Saturdays article? Send it to me at RMills@sexucation.org.

Dec 28

Holiday Virgin?

Posted on Saturday, December 28, 2013 in Sexy Saturdays, UC Berkeley

Ms. Robin, Sex Goddess logoAre you a holiday virgin? My family came to visit for the holidays and my 20-year-old cousin informed me that she is a holiday virgin. I admit I had no idea what a holiday virgin was. My younger cousin put me up on game and told me a holiday virgin is someone who has not yet experienced being kissed on various holidays such as New Years, Valentine’s Day and under the mistletoe on Christmas. You can also earn the label of holiday virgin if you’ve never had a Valentine to share the day with or never had a special someone take you out to see the Christmas lights. I have mixed feelings about the concept of a “holiday virgin”. On one hand it’s sad and self-shaming. On the other hand it may be sex positive and empowering.  

Having never heard the expression, I wanted to know more about it to more accurately form my opinion. Apparently “holiday virgin” was added to Urban Dictionary in 2011 by a tumblr user. Additionally, several tumblr sites pop up during a google search for the phrase. Many tumblr users who use this phrase seem to use it similarly to the way my cousin used it. Others use it as a checklist of sorts; posting an image similar to image 1 and crossing off their holiday debuts – if you will – as they happen.

Image 1. Holiday virgin

Image 1. Holiday virgin

The sexologist in me sees things a little more complicated. On one hand, while I get that the phrase “holiday virgin” is supposed to be fun, the negative undertone is neither fun nor sexy to me.  I say this because the way in which my cousin said she was a holiday virgin didn’t leave me with a happy feeling in my gut – and not only because my cousin is a gorgeous, chocolate, young woman with a body that’d make Barbie mad. Tumblr posts supported my intuition that there are negative connotations and feelings associated with being a holiday virgin.  It makes me wonder if the young people who use it may be feeling some type of way about having “lost” their “virginity”.  

It amazes me in the worst way to know even in today’s society young people have so much internal shame of having sexual desire and expressing sexual agency to the point that even consensual safer sex experiences are not okay.  As a result, young people are now making up ridiculous phrases like being holiday virgins. In other words, the self-shame of losing  virginity is still so strong that young people seriously believe they can hold on to even a portion of the title of being a “virgin” by adding the word “holiday” in front of it. As if this new label somehow reclaims a little of the “virginity” they so-called lost. This is part of the reason the phrase “losing one’s virginity” is problematic.

On the other hand, it is not lost on me that the phrase “holiday virgin” is also being used similarly to how I use “sexual debuts” to describe different and varied first sexual experiences! When looking at the phrase through this lens it seems like a fun, descriptive label with sarcastic undertones. This is more in line with my sex positive perspective.

Speaking of sex positive – the idea of having a way to proudly distinguish your long-term, single and/or abstinent status during the holidays sounds rather cool and a little empowering even – just think of something else to call it. The word “virgin” is so loaded and is exclusive of non-penis-vagina sex.  That’s all I’ll say on that since I’ve spoken to this in the Sexy Saturdays article, The First Time.  I suggest using holiday debut. Best of luck with your next or initial holiday debut! Until next Saturday…

Keep it safe and sexy,

Ms. Robin, the Sex Goddess

Have a topic or question you’d like me to address in a future Sexy Saturdays article? Send it to me at RMills@sexucation.org.

Dec 14

NuvaRing: To Use or Not To Use?

Posted on Saturday, December 14, 2013 in Sexy Saturdays, UC Berkeley, Women's health

Ms. Robin, Sex Goddess logoI was horrified to learn that my preferred birth control for young women has come under major fire. One of my co-workers asked me if I’d heard about all the NuvaRing lawsuits recently.  I did some research and found articles dating back to 2008 with regard to NuvaRing causing blood clots and even one young ladies death. Though I knew of the potential to cause blood clots, I was shocked, amazed, and pissed simultaneously at what I had found. After getting over that, I started thinking about my own recent health issues and how some are directly related to my use of the NuvaRing. In fact, I just took myself off the NuvaRing for the second time after having been a faithful user since 2005.

In April of this year, I decided it was time to go back on hormonal birth control. Of course, I chose to go back to the NuvaRing – it had so many benefits for me in the past that I didn’t even really consider any other contraception.  The NuvaRing was the perfect option for me. It is a combined hormonal method meaning that it has synthetic versions of estrogen and progestin. As such, it has all the perks like regulated and shortened menstrual cycle, decreased cramping, acne control, having to only change it once a month, and more. The best feature of the NuvaRing was that I could take it out, have sex, rinse it off and put it back in my vagina without fear of unintended pregnancy.

Unfortunately, due to severe complications with my pregnancy and delivery my hormonal composition changed. Since having my daughter my body responds differently to everything. Within 3 months of going back on the NuvaRing, I started to have extremely painful cramping. It felt like someone had shoved a vice grip up my vagina and proceeded to rip my vagina and anus out from the inside. That’s not what’s up. To top it off, I had a 21 day period. Needless to say that didn’t go over well in the relationship I was in at the time. SS nuvaring

In addition to the nasty cramps and way too long menstrual cycle, I started experiencing symptoms of pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder, PMDD. The PMDD was the worse! My behavior was erratic and my emotions were out of control. I would cry uncontrollably for no good reason one minute then yell at my daughter for no good reason the next minute. After doing some research I found information that stated the NuvaRing could cause symptoms commonly associated with PMDD including depression, suicidal thoughts, and other scary stuff. Naturally, I went to see my gynecologist who prescribed Prozac to treat the PMDD and advised me to continue tracking unwanted side effects while using the NuvaRing. I went home and researched Prozac. From what I was able to find, Prozac was not a good option for me. As such, I decided to stop using hormonal birth control altogether. Guess what happened? My menstrual cycles went back to normal within 1 month! No more nasty cramps ripping my vagina apart, crazy mood swings, or super long periods. Now, I’m just my normal crazy.

I disclosed my personal situation with the NuvaRing to encourage any readers who may be on hormonal birth control or considering it to read the patient insert fully and ask any questions about information you may not understand.  Even if the question seems stupid or juvenile. Granted, the patient insert is long and boring – I’m not going to lie. Reading it may help you avoid an experience like mine or like the young woman, who passed away as a result of using the NuvaRing. If you are a happy NuvaRing user, great! I am in no way trying to convince readers not to use the NuvaRing. I am encouraging you to make an informed decision regarding your hormonal birth control method and available options. Until next Saturday…

Keep it safe and sexy,

Ms. Robin, the Sex Goddess

Have a topic or question you’d like me to address in a future Sexy Saturdays article? Send it to me at RMills@sexucation.org.

Nov 30

HIV: Where Did It Come From?

Posted on Saturday, November 30, 2013 in Sexy Saturdays, UC Berkeley

Ms. Robin, Sex Goddess logoMost people in the US are familiar with HIV/AIDS as an acronym. But ask them what the acronym means and you’ll get all sorts of answers – many of which will be close but not quite right. This tends to be true regardless of age, gender, and race or ethnicity. As such, today’s Sexy Saturday’s article is going to answer what HIV stands for as well as the number 1 question  I tend to get at HIV workshops.  

HIV/AIDS – what the heck does it stand for? HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is a viral infection that weakens the immune system making it difficult for the human body to fight off infection and disease.  HIV is the virus that leads to or causes AIDS.  

AIDS is an Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. There are only a few ways to earn a diagnosis of “full-blown” AIDS. An AIDS diagnosis meaning that a person’s HIV has progressed to the more serious and potentially fatal syndrome. Two common ways to get an AIDS diagnosis are to be infected with HIV and

  • have a significantly low number of healthy blood cells, and/or
  • become co-infected with an opportunistic infection

 Where did HIV come from? There are several unproven theories as to where HIV first began. However, scientists studying HIV and AIDS have found a very similar infection in some apes, chimps, and monkeys. The infection in primates is known as Simian Immunodeficiency Virus, or SIV.  Some of the more popular theories include: Origins of HIV

  • A hunter theory in which people in parts of Africa hunted monkeys and other primates for food. Somehow the infected monkey blood entered the human body to create the human version, HIV.  It is likely that during the butchering process a hunter may have cut him/herself allowing the infected primate blood to enter their body.
  • People in Africa engaged in sexual intercourse with infected monkeys. Really!?! This is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard. I’m not even going to address this any further.
  • HIV was created in a laboratory by US government agencies and tested on people in Africa.

While I get questions about the origin of HIV from many people, people of color who ask usually want to know if HIV was created as a way to get rid of us and other undesirables such as gay folks. For many people who are not Black, I’m sure this sounds a bit crazy. However, for some Black and/or gay people there is some basis to this argument.  HIV in the US was originally termed GRIDS for Gay Related Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Early cases of HIV in the US were largely concentrated among gay men, and Black people before being correctly identified as a “human” infection.

The question of how HIV entered the US has its own set of theories including one about a gay pilot, which I find the most interesting. Some people believe there was a horny, gay pilot that basically traveled the world having sex with sexy gay men and thus spreading HIV along with his love. I’m just playing – I don’t know how horny he was.

What do I believe as a Black woman, and sexologist? I believe in the hunter theory as that makes the most sense AND has the most scientific support.  As for how HIV spread from Africa to other parts of the world, I currently believe in the more recent colonialism theory. The colonialism theory is a compilation of a several theories and offers plausible explanations for the origins of HIV and how it became an epidemic that was eventually pandemic.  As for how I believe HIV entered the US – the jury is still out on that one. However, if you would like more information on the various theories as to the origins of HIV, including how it likely started, where, and when, Avert, an awesome internationally based HIV and AIDS charity organization has great information that you can access at http://www.avert.org/origin-hiv-aids.htm. Until Next Saturday…

Keep it safe and sexy,

Ms. Robin, the Sex Goddess

Have a topic or question you’d like me to address in a future Sexy Saturdays article? Send it to me at RMills@sexucation.org.

 

 

Nov 9

Offended by a Penis: My Apologies

Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 in Sexy Saturdays, UC Berkeley

Ms. Robin, Sex Goddess logoNearly 5 years ago, I cleverly planned a surprise for the students in the program I coordinate – a life-size penis for National Condom Week! It was great. We pulled up in the official vehicle and out emerges this young woman dressed in a life-sized penis costume!  Dressed this way, she distributed condoms and other safer sex supplies, posed for pictures, and brought attention and visibility to our event and program. From that point on the huge penis became a staple of our program, our mascot.

The students in my program have a great time dressed as a life-sized penis! For those who may be more shy at first, the penis or one of the other costumes, provides a way to ease into outreach. I know it sounds crazy but being in a full-size costume allows for some anonymity and encourages audience members to approach the students as opposed to the students having to approach the audience.  The costume is also a great draw for those students who aren’t shy and enjoy a little attention every now and then. During recruitment being able to wear the penis costume is often cited as a reason for joining our program. Students want to be the penis!

The penis has appeared in many events. I’ve received multiple requests to borrow the penis costume. One student wanted toDSC00666 shoot a short sexual health film and use the penis as a prop.  This past June the penis costume made its debut in the San Francisco PRIDE parade. In all of these years I’ve never received negative feedback about the penis costume. However, that very thing happened at our most recent event – Sexual Health Awareness Week (SHAW).

I was informed that a student was offended by the presence of a large penis roaming a student frequented space. While this is but one opinion, I want you to know that I take your concern seriously. To the student who wrote in and anyone who else who may have been offended by seeing a life-sized penis walking around campus, I apologize.  It was certainly not my intent to offend anyone. My intent was rather to bring sexual health education to campus in a fun and interactive way while increasing visibility for my program.   

Using humor to attract attention and awareness to sexual health is not new nor is it a Bay Area thing. Recently, Alaska has adopted this method with their condom distribution campaign, “Wrap it Up, Alaska.” This campaign targets teens and young adults with condoms wrapped in matchboxes with sexy and/or humorous phrases. Sexual health is a serious and important topic. For information on this topic to be effective it must be delivered in such a way that the intended audience can hear and receive the messages. In other words, if I make learning about sex boring people won’t want to do it – learn about sex that is. However, if I make learning about sex fun and interesting they may want to learn more. Let’s face it; it’s hard for many people to talk about sex. Being able to laugh about it helps. However, I will be more mindful of possibly offended people in future penis appearances.  Until next Saturday…

 Keep it Safe and Sexy,

Ms. Robin, the Sex Goddess

Have a topic or question you’d like me to address in a future Sexy Saturdays article? Send it to me at RMills@sexucation.org.

 

Nov 2

Sexy, Can I…?

Posted on Saturday, November 2, 2013 in Sexy Saturdays, UC Berkeley

Ms. Robin, Sex Goddess logoAs the issue of sexual assault on college campuses becomes more visible a feminist activist group, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, developed a pretty awesome guide to consent just for college students! The guide is in the format of an online magazine designed to encourage college students to promote a “culture of consent” as opposed to the current rape culture that seems to prevail at many US colleges. The concept of college campuses promoting and encouraging a culture of consent is super sexy!

The 21-page magazine offers college students tips and advice on how to change the cultural climate on their campuses. It includes fun, interactive quizzes as well as information on Title IX and how sexual assault on college campuses should be properly handled. There are also interesting profiles and images of college activists from several colleges. The magazine suggests organized events such as consent workshops to DIY models of spreading the word. An image of students wearing white t-shirts with home-made written messages of consent supports the DIY model. Sexy can I

One of my favorite images from the magazine is a series of red plastic cups that often make appearances at college parties. However, these red plastic cups are adorned with a dialogue bubble that reads “ask first…” I love it! I also love that the magazine is culturally inclusive with many races and ethnicities represented. Not to mention, male students advocating sexual consent. Super hot!

This is the kind of culture I’d like to see at all college campuses regardless of whether it’s a community college, private college, or public university.  I’d like to believe that the work I do contributes to this culture eventually being reality and not the exception. I agree with FORCE co-director, Hannah Brancato, when she says “If you only learn about consent in an auditorium, it will be hard to put into practice in the heat of the moment. But if consent is also surrounding students in their party culture and in their social spheres, it is more likely to sink in. College students are the best people to teach other college students about how enthusiastic, consensual sex is the best sex.” Check out Consent: A Good Time for Everyone and start changing the culture on your campus today! Until next Saturday…

Keep it Safe and Sexy,

Ms. Robin, the Sex Goddess

Have a topic or question you’d like me to address in a future Sexy Saturdays article? Send it to me at RMills@sexucation.org.

Oct 12

Sexual Health Awareness Week (SHAW) at UC Berkeley

Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2013 in Sexy Saturdays, UC Berkeley, Women's health

Ms. Robin, Sex Goddess logoIn 2008, a group of sex positive students in the Sexual Health Education Program (SHEP) brought Sexual Health Awareness Week (SHAW) to the UC Berkeley campus. That was the same year I began coordinating SHEP.  While I would love to take credit for bringing SHAW to the US, that honor belongs to then student, Joanna Mi, who was acting as the interim coordinator until I was brought on staff about 2 months later.  Well, I’m pretty sure it was my former students who started this event in the US as I did a bit of research for this article and couldn’t find any SHAW events dating earlier than 2009 in the US. I was, however, able to find information on SHAW in the United Kingdom (UK) that may possibly predate the event at UC Berkeley.

With the planning and support of fellow students Jenna Gaarde, Monica Nguyen, Kate McCombs, and Rachel Kirk, Joanna and the rest of the students in SHEP threw a fair on Sproul’s Savio Steps to increase student awareness of sexual health. This event continues each fall semester.  I’m writing about it now because on Monday, October 28th – Thursday, October 31st student sexperts in SHEP will host and sponsor the 5th annual SHAW!

This week along awareness event will once again take place on the Savio Steps on Upper Sproul. SHAW is no doubt the sexiest event ofSHAW 2012 the fall semester and you’re invited! Cum join me and the SHEP Sexperts for a week of education and awareness with fun, interactive games, sexy prizes, and more! This is an all-inclusive event with information for people with various levels of sexual health education and sexual experience from none to tons. There will be information for people of all sexual orientations as well as  transgendered students.  

Each day you are welcome to take pictures with our hard to miss, life-size SHEP penis and pick up free safer sex supply samples, if you need or want them.  There will be Sexperts available to answer your sexual health questions, or teach you the proper way to use safer sex supplies and make using them sexy!  Each day will have its own sexual health focus ending with a Sexy Halloween costume contest. This is a taste of what’s planned for sexy attendees:

  • October 28th       Magic Monday:  Learn about men’s sexual health including testicular health, erectile function, and common genital conditions and treatment options for all man identified persons.
  • October 29th       Truthful Tuesday:  Learn the truth about women’s sexual health including what to expect during a women’s health exam and how to perform sexy self-breast exams for all women identified persons.
  • October 30th       Wicked Wednesday:  Learn about sex under the influence of drugs and alcohol and how to engage safer and legally. Increase your awareness about wicked sexually transmitted infections including modes of transmission, symptoms, and prevention.
  • October 31st       Turn on Thursday:  What turns you on? Complete the prompt, “_____ turns me on!” on the SHEP Facebook page. Turn-on’s can be sexy, funny, both or neither. Compete in our Sexy Halloween costume contest – take a picture in your Halloween costume at a campus landmark and share it with us on our instagram page by tagging us @UCBSHEP or #UCBSHEP.  Win a semesters worth of safer sex supplies!

You must be a registered UC Berkeley student to be eligible to win the online contests. Otherwise, anyone is welcome to attend this event. If you’d like to throw your own Sexual Health Awareness Week on your high school or college campus, I’m happy to consult with you. Until next Saturday…

Keep it Safe and Sexy,

Ms. Robin, the Sex Goddess

Have a topic or question you’d like me to address in a future Sexy Saturdays article? Send it to me at RMills@sexucation.org.

 

 

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