It’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:
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.
Did you know January is Cervical Health Awareness Month? You didn’t? Me either, until a few weeks ago. And I’m a sexologist. Anywho, in light of Cervical Health Awareness Month, I thought I’d write about this biggest threat to cervical health – Cervical Cancer!
Cervical cancer is caused by a particular strain of Human Papilloma Virus, or HPV. Ever heard of it? If you were alive in the early to mid – 2000s you may recall a series of commercials with young women expressing their desire to be “one less…” girl with HPV that is. The commercials were rather catching. I still remember them to this day. There are approximately 100 types of HPV. However, only about 40 of them effect the genitals. There are high risk types of HPV that may lead to cervical cancer and low risk types that may lead to genital warts.
I’ve written about the topic of HPV in 2 previous articles. The first is, Michael Douglas Got Oral Cancer From Doing What!?!. This article covers the basics of HPV, while the second article, Keepin’ it Safe ‘n Sexy with HPV Vaccines discusses the benefits of getting vaccinated for HPV. Given the angle of previous articles, this one is going to be a short and sweet plug for a well-written account of how one young woman was diagnosed with a high-risk type og HPV. Losing it:The semi-scandalous story of an ex-virgin by Danielle Sepulveres is a great read for anyone wondering what it is like to be young and in love, trying to make sexual decisions for the first time. Unfortunately, while Danielle made some great decisions she made one decision that had a lasting impact and resulted in an HPV diagnosis. In “Losing it,” Sepulveres takes the reader on a lightly edited journey of what it is was like for her to learn that she has tested positive for HPV – a high risk type at that. She shares the uneasy experience of telling her partner only to realize that for some strange reason she was more concerned about his feelings than he was about hers or the fact that he’d given her HPV.
While there are a few inaccuracies such as what a colposcopy procedure entails, the book is great given the intent and purpose. I highly recommend this book to any young people who are considering sexual activity or whom already are experiencing the world of sexual pleasure. I recommend it so much that I’m actually assigning a chapter for my students to read. Until next Saturday….