By Tess Harris
When I attended my first Safer Sex Night last year, I went, I danced, I left after ten minutes, and I decided I would not go again. So this year, when I found out that Safer Sex Night fell on a Thursday, my usual shift, I was a little bummed out that I would again have to be surrounded by sweaty naked people and (literally) steaming walls. However, that feeling was short lived, because I soon realized that this Safer Sex Night would be a bit different than it was for me last year—after all, what better night for some solid and entertaining people watching? Since I began working at the Sco last semester, I have rediscovered my love of people watching—especially drunk, horny, dancing college kids people watching. That may sound a little weird, but hey, you try it and get back to me and then we’ll see how weird it is… But I digress. Yes, I worked Safer Sex Night this year, and let me tell you, it’s pretty different being on the other side of the bar at this classic Oberlin event. Overall, I was surprised at how much fun I had being there as more of a watcher than a doer. Continue reading
By Sassy S.
Three years after my first Safer Sex Night I attended my last one to find that not only has my bra-size changed but so has my concept of what it means to have a good time. Continue reading
By Nick Perry
Sometimes when I’m walking home alone after a party, shindig, soiree, or some other social gathering for which all participants consumed indeterminate amounts of alcohol I murmur that Jenny Owen Youngs tune, “What The Fuck Was I Thinking?” I find that I’ve been doing it appallingly often recently. Safer Sex Night was no exception.
By Elana Meyers
A sour stench hovered in the heavy air and I looked down to only see skin—so much skin. I found myself caught in a whirlwind of sweaty bodies, glaring lights, and catchy music. I glanced to my right to see a guy ripping off his nipple tape letting out a deep and painful sounding scream. To my left was a thick sea of scantily clad grinders, dancing much more obscenely than they would at the usual splitchers. I searched for the appropriate words with which to label the scene. “Ridiculous,” “hilarious,” and “liberating” crossed my mind. I looked down and realized that I was less naked than most. A friend came up to me and said, “Elana, you are so clothed right now.” Disappointed in myself? Yes. But I have an explanation. Continue reading
By Kristopher Fraser
On December 5, the Oberlin HIV Peer Testers in association with the Sexual Information Center (SIC) and Safer Sex Week hosted a workshop on HIV education. The workshop was led by Oberlin HIV Peer Testers Annie Nigra ’14 and Mollie Nisen ’14. I commend these two wonderful peer testers for leading a workshop that was informative, educational, sex positive, and open-minded. Continue reading
By Emily Feld
I recently attended the workshop Alcohol & Consent, which is just one of the fabulous workshops happening this week on campus for Safer Sex Week. All the workshops promote sex positivity. Consent is a crucial element of sex positivity, which promotes having a positive outlook on safe sex. Continue reading
By Carolyn Weinstein
On December 4, the Sexual Information Center hosted a BDSM 101 workshop as part of this year’s Safer Sex Week. Led by three SIC staffers, the one and a half hour talk covered topics in the BDSM acronym: bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism. Continue reading
By Ruby Dienstag
It was 6:50 on a Monday night, and I had been sitting on the steps of Wilder Porch smoking (against the rules ‘cause I’m a badass woman) while pensively looking out into the darkness of Wilder Bowl. It had been a long Monday and I wasn’t exactly thrilled to go to the Kinky Krafts Safer Sex Workshop. I had been slightly disappointed with the last few workshops I attended because, while I usually leave with knowledge that I previously did not have, I also leave with a lot more questions. Kinky Krafts was different. Continue reading
By Kitt Disston
In the absolute minefield of entertaining, sex-positive workshops being offered during this year’s Safer Sex Week, the Oberlin SIC has managed to offer some interesting, informative and stimulating (pun intended) dialogues regarding sex and sexual health. I attended one such workshop last night entitled “What’s Sex Got to Do With It? Keeping Reproductive Justice Sexy.” Continue reading
By Elana Meyers
“Why did we choose squirt shop?” I asked my roommate.
“Because it sounded funny,” she responded.
And it was true. There was no specific reason we chose squirt shop as our safer sex class, but we knew we wanted tickets and thought an informational class would be an amusing way to get them. Continue reading