The Oberlin Review

“Solarity” Failed Students By Refusing to Provide Condoms

Taylor Andrews, Contributing Writer

December 13, 2019

 This weekend, I was extremely disappointed that I was not allowed to provide condoms at Solarity. As a Sexual Information Center student staffer, I aim to increase access to safer sex supplies for Oberlin’s campus. I have personally done so by filling the condom bins in both Mary Church Terrell Main Library and the Science Center. Additionally, in my role as a Residential Assistant, I make condoms freely available for my residents at my door.  Solarity is one space where the need for safer sex supplies has been overlooked. In general, music events tend to involve riskier behavior with drug usage and sexual practices. Solarity is no exception. If you decide to hook up with the person(s) you are with after a n...

Sexual Information Center to Implement New Programs

Leo Lasdun, Senior Staff Writer

February 22, 2019

Oberlin’s Sexual Information Center will be increasing access to emergency contraceptives, pregnancy care, and important transportation services, in addition to hosting a program called the Oberlin Doula Collective, which was founded last summer. The SIC was recently given 1,000 units of emergency contraceptive by the company Vagisil and is in the process of distributing it this semester. “We have it for free in the Science Center and Mudd [library] as well as in our office so that it’s available for students to easily grab,” said College junior and SIC staffer Amanda Stavis. The SIC has established a number of ways to distribute the emergency contraceptive, including giving staffers buttons that read...

In Planned Parenthood Debate, Local Inaccessibility Overlooked

Editorial Board

September 25, 2015

As House and Senate leaders traverse the caustic battleground that is this year’s federal appropriations bill, it’s evident that the future of Planned Parenthood’s funding has been precarious. But last night marked a possible turn in the road for the reproductive health organization, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed a bipartisan stopgap spending bill that effectively strikes the Planned Parenthood argument from the overall appropriations legislation. It’s expected to clear the Senate, and if it does, it’s smooth sailing for Planned Parenthood — for now. As with many other targeted spending cuts, the mounting opposition against the organization’s possible defunding has been palpable. Man...

College junior Maya Wergeles holds office hours in the Sexual Information Center. The SIC plans to host a week of events which take a broad, intersectional view of sex and sexuality.

Sexual Information Center Renames, Refocuses Safer Sex Week

March 6, 2015

The Sexual Information Center announced plans last week to host a weeklong series of events designed to replace and reimagine the goals of Safer Sex Week. The event, called Radical Explorations of Sexual Health and Personal Experience, was announced after the organization decided to discontinue Safer Sex Night last spring and undergo an ongoing reconfiguration of the group’s objectives. “We hope that the RESHAPE event will engage everyone, or at least as many people as possible, in issues...

SIC Burlesque Show Features Mix of Traditional Performances, Emerging Acts

Tristan Cimini, Staff Writer

December 5, 2014

On Tuesday night, the Sexual Information Center turned the ’Sco into a burlesque club. All proceeds benefited Preterm, a clinic that provides compassionate abortion care in Cleveland. Each ticket purchase bought guests unlimited drinks and a raffle ticket for prizes, such as a box of Awake N’ Bake cookies and “the ultimate slumber party kit,” which included glow sticks, temporary tattoos, glitter and more. Sexual health trivia in between sets offered the audience a chance to win candy bars and M&Ms. College seniors Juli Ruoff and Sarah MacFadden were the event’s lively and entertaining hosts. College sophomore Annika Hansteen Izora started off the evening by taking the stage to share an emotionally relatable...

Body Positive Burlesque Show Stays Tame

Mary Fischer

April 18, 2014

On Tuesday, amid controversy over the cancellation of Safer Sex Night, the ’Sco opened its doors for the Sexual Information Center’s second-sexiest campus tradition: the annual Burlesque Show. While the show turned out not to be so explicit after all, it was attended by a diverse crowd whose support and high spirits made an otherwise tame evening successful and, as presumably intended, empowering for the attendees. To most, “burlesque” refers to a sexy variety show, usually staged in nightclubs and featuring plenty of nakedness. The SIC’s program, however, was intended to play toward the burlesque’s earlier, less extravagant and less sexualized tradition, with a noticeable lack of nudity. This relative...

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