If you walked into Crawford Hall on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m., you would have seen condoms scattered across tables, sex toys on display and boob cupcakes. You were probably wondering, “What exactly was going on?” The answer: Drew’s Planned Parenthood Generation Action chapter hosted the school’s first ever Sex Olympics.
“We wanted to make Planned Parenthood GenAction more visible on campus,” said Katie Sparks (’21), President of Generation Action. “We believe that sex positivity is important to share and we wanted to do our best to educate people on safe and consensual sexual activity.”
Over 175 people stopped by to check out the event, every table was filled. It was so popular that it soon became standing-room-only in Crawford. The first 100 people to arrive at the Sex Olympics were given a goody bag which included candy, a Planned Parenthood button, two condoms, a sample of lube, a flavored dental dam and a card with information about the items.
Of course, it would not be the Sex Olympics without a little competition. The event had games designed to be fun and educational for attendees to learn more about healthy and safe sex practices.
Some of the games were played in teams, such as one called “Name that Sex Position” which featured powerpoint point slides of different sex positions. Whichever team held up the correct name the fastest got a point and the team with the most points at the end of the game got two extra tickets to enter in the raffle at the event to win various sex-themed prizes.
Other games, like “Condoms on Bananas,” “Pin the Clit on the Vulva” and “Bra Unhooking,” had individually selected contestants. For these games, a random generator decided who would play, since so many attendees had signed up. Sparks said, “Our [The Generation Action Board’s] favorite [event] that was executed was putting condoms on bananas because it was hilarious to watch.”
The prizes for the event included a wide array of sex toys, such as vibrators, a double ended dildo, strokers, candy underwear and more. For those who wanted something a little more tame, there was also Planned Parenthood swag. In addition to winning prizes through games, participants also had eleven opportunities to win a prize through a raffle.
COURTESY OF LUISA VARGAS ('21)
“I love to see programming like this; I think it’s really important to gain sex education while making it fun,” said Makayla Rico (’22). “[It] keeps people invested while also being educated whether they are conscious of learning or not.”
Those who attended seemed to really get into the competitive spirit of the Sex Olympics. During the events in which individuals participated, people were rooting for and cheering on the person they wanted to win. Luke Henry (’21) said he really enjoyed, “the constant fun events and funny prizes.”
If you missed this years Sex Olympics, fear not! “We have already started planning for next year to make it even bigger and better!” said Sparks. Keep an eye out next semester for other Gen Action events such as “VAGentines Day,” which Sparks states said will focus on vaginal health and self-love.