The Cauldron (Cleveland State University) (02.22.10) -
Marking National Condom Week, members of the GLASA at CSU
recently partnered with Planned Parenthood for an STD
awareness event that saw almost 1,000 condoms distributed to
students. During the outreach, GLASA volunteers staffed a
table where students were asked to try their hand at putting a
condom on a model penis.
"When people are having sex, we want them to be doing it
safely whether they're using male condoms, female condoms or a
dental dam," said Mark Szabo, a volunteer. "We also want to
teach them how to properly put on a condom. Some people think
they know how to do it, but when they come to the table, they
show us the incorrect method. We show them the correct
GLASA members also offered guidance on using dental dams and
female condoms. Information from Planned Parenthood on
abstinence and birth control was available as well. Volunteers
actually ran out of condoms and ended the event earlier than
The outreach used a large inflatable phallus and activists in
penis costumes to attract attention, which was a bit much for
some members of the CSU community.
"We used these methods to tone down the seriousness of the
issue and to ensure that we got people's attention," Szabo
said to one person who questioned the group's approach.
"People are scared to talk about sex. We wanted to bring the
subject out in the open, to make it more fun and less taboo."