The Student Union Building was host to an unusual game of ring-toss during the fourth annual Sexual Wellness Fair, as horse shoes and rings were tossed at a pair of dildos on stage.
The game was put on by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of sex-positive performers who help educate young people about safe sex practices while in drag as nuns. They approach sex education dressed as nuns to highlight the differences between them and the Catholic church.
“They’re like the opposite of the church in a lot of ways,” said Tim Carbary, administrative coordinator for the Campus Acitivites Board.
The sisters also demonstrated proper condom use by having audience volunteers hold dildos as the sisters properly applied condoms to them. Participants then switched roles with the sisters, and applied the condoms themselves.
“They’re drag queens who teach us about safe sex so we know what we’re doing,” said Kelsi Johnson, community and health services coordinator.
Their performance was not purely educational. Their aim is to have fun and be entertaining as well.
“They’re fabulous and they totally hit on me,” said Carbary.
Johnson played a major role in planning the fair. She served on a committee along with several psychology and sociology professors, including Kathryn Clancy, Erica Dixon, and Rob Cherry.
This year’s fair included community organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the Washington State Department of Health. There were, however, fewer outside participants this year than last.
“Regardless of that, I feel like it was a really successful event,” said Johnson.
That success can be measured by the number of condoms and other contraceptives taken by students. The condoms were offered for free at a “salad bar” and were handed out by Student Senate representatives in condom costumes.
According to Johnson, approximately 4,000 condoms were provided for the fair, 3,000 of which were taken. The condoms were not, however, the most popular items.
“There were also dental dams,” said Johnson. “Those went like hotcakes too.”
Lubricants were offered as well, Johnson said. They were the most popular offering at the “sex salad bar.”
The task of acquiring 4,000 condoms is no easy undertaking. Several thousand were donated by Planned Parenthood, and many more were purchased by the college.
“I [bought] them bulk, it’s cheaper that way,” said Johnson.
As an annual event, the Sexual Wellness Fair will be hosted again next winter, said Johnson, who will be continuing in her position next year. She plans to make the event even bigger than this year.
“I want it to get as big as possible,” said Johnson. “As many condoms as I can hand out to make sure people are having safe sex, the better.”
In the works for next quarter is another fair, this time to be focused on general wellness, said Johnson.