The University of Arizona (UA) offered students at their Phoenix campus a 3 credit course in Sex, Health, and AIDS this semester and will host a Condom Olympics as part of enrolled students’ educational studies and course credits. Professor William Simmons hopes, “…this will get students comfortable knowing what condoms are.”
As reported by The Daily Wildcat, an official student run newspaper at UA, activities for the Condom Olympics included, “athletic events such as a condom-wrapped egg toss,” “seeing and making condom art,” and a “condom scavenger hunt.”
According to UA’s official course listing website, this undergraduate course seeks to, “…explore this social and disease phenomenon from a number of perspectives.” Professor Simmons opts to grade based on, “action learning assignments,” as opposed to term papers and exams. He did not comment further on his teaching philosophies to the press.
The Condom Olympics were timed to be a part of UA’s SexTalk Week Resource Fair during which a giant walking condom, named Mr. Condom, made a special appearance to promote student awareness.
Although some sources have been quick to judge the Condom Olympics as being useless or infantile, we advocate for condom cognizance in all forms. If an egg toss and a cute condom mascot will increase the comfort level students have around condoms, their chances of using them both correctly and regularly are much greater and we think that’s great!