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SASsy 6 Series: Sexy, SASsy, Safe Condom Sense

Posted on 28. Feb, 2013 by in Condoms

SASsy 6 Series: Sexy, SASsy, Safe Condom Sense

SASsy 6 Series: Sexy, SASsy, Safe Condom Sense

February isn’t just the hot month of L-O-V-E, it’s also National Condom Month. As this sizzling month comes to a close, here are 6 SASsy things you should do with condoms all through out the year.1. Check the expiration date before use. 

Condoms typically have a lifespan of five years. Only a diamond lasts forever, you know.

2. Store in a cool, dry place. A condom isn’t something that needs sun to grow. 

Don’t store in the glove compartment and guys, don’t keep one in your wallet which you inevitably sit on. Butt warmth is still warmth.

3. Get lubed! Lube is your friend. 

Put some at the tip of the condom before rolling on the penis for added pleasure. Use liberally while gettin’ some action as lubricant provides added security against condom breakage–told ya, lube is your friend.

4. Roll on the entire length of penis before any actual penetration takes place. (NOT after a few initial dips!)

An erect penis already has pre-ejaculation fluid (also known as pre-cum) which can get you pregnant or give you an STD.

5. Make sure you’re “ring-side”. A condom is not reversible. Make sure outter ring is on your side before you roll on. 

Try as you might, an inverted condom will not cover the entire length of a penis, and no, it has nothing to do with his size.

6. Trash the old stash. 

Throw away any condoms that you haven’t used in 3 months or more even if they haven’t expired. Better to be safe than….

Oh, and please be pleasurably polite: Wrap your used condom in a tissue and throw in a garbage can. : )

A SASsy reminder: Correct and consistent use of condoms is your best form of protection against mistimed pregnancy AND STD infection so be sexy, SASsy, safe all the time.

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Sex and Spirituality: Using art and contraceptives to teach sexual health

Posted on 14. Dec, 2011 by in Condoms, Contraception, reproductive health, RH in the Philippines, Safe (Sensible) Sex, SASSy contests, SASsy Events

Sex and Spirituality: Using art and contraceptives to teach sexual health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ms. Anna R. Oposa
Project Manager
ART-H Mandala Contest
+63917-851-0209
[email protected]

SEX AND SPIRITUALITY:
USING ART AND CONTRACEPTIVES TO TEACH SEXUAL HEALTH

(Quezon City, Philippines—December 14, 2011) Sex and Sensibilities (SAS), in partnership with DKT Reproductive Health (Frenzy Condoms and Filipinay), held a mandala art making contest using contraceptives at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Over fifty (50) students attended the ART-H Primer, a sexual health workshop and mandala making orientation, in Palma Hall. The participants then created mandalas using Frenzy condoms and birth control pills provided by DKT-Reproductive Health.

UP students at work

Utilizing the power of social media, the students’ designs and messages on key topics such as reproductive health and informed choice went viral on Facebook and Twitter. The project stimulated a lively discussion among the social networks. The use of contraceptives as art to communicate pressing issues also received a positive response from the public.

The UP Samahan sa Agham Pampulitika landed in 3rd place and received P10,000 in cash prize for their work entitled, “Beyond pills and condoms: EQUALITY and UNDERSTANDING.” The UP Artists’ Circle Sorority placed second and received P12,000 for their mandala called, “Give life without losing yours.” The grand prize was awarded to the UP Visual Communication students from the College of Fine Arts. Their artwork received P15,000, and an additional P2,000 from the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines for the best tagline, “Safety in Diversity.”

“Safety in Diversity” by the UP Visual Communication Students

The word “mandala” is Sanskrit for both “circle” and “center.” Mandalas are reflections of the spiritual self because they offer a unique and powerful way to self-discovery and healing through the use of imagery, symbolism, color and balance.

This project was supported by the UP-Diliman based network, RH AGENDA (Reproductive Health and Gender Advocates Movement) and sponsored by DKT Reproductive Health, manufacturer of Frenzy condoms and Filipinay line of contraceptive pills.

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Sex and Sensibilities.com (SAS) is a non-profit website committed to improving the level of understanding of sexual reproductive health rights among Filipinos through the dissemination of accurate, practical and factual information on STI/HIV prevention and population and development in governance. SAS open to all, and is represented in other online media outlets, including popular social media networks Facebook and Twitter.

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Winners of the ART-H Mandala Making Contest

Posted on 10. Oct, 2011 by in Condoms, Contraception, HIV/AIDS Awareness, reproductive health, Reproductive Health Bill, RH in the Philippines, SASSy contests, SASsy Events, Sexual Reproductive Health

Winners of the ART-H Mandala Making Contest

We are pleased to announce the winners of the SAS ART-H Mandala Making Contest! The scores were based on the judges’ evaluation, Likes on the SAS Facebook page and attendance during the ART-H Primer. The respective taglines and statements were also taken into consideration.

And now, the works and statements of the winners:

3rd Place – UP Samahan sa Agham Pampulitika

Beyond pills and condoms: EQUALITY and UNDERSTANDING”

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Understanding, awareness and women empowerment: these are the three essential factors needed to realize the passing of the Reproductive Health Bill, which this mandala promotes.

The lotus at the core, made from the male and female insignia, signifies the need for UNDERSTANDING, which is essential to the success of the RH Bill.

The outward pointing motif calls to mind the need to spread AWARENESS in the issue of RH.

And finally, the numerous faces of women in the mandala calls us to recognize WOMEN EMPOWERMENT.

These 3 elements combine to create a powerful visual message that calls us to pass the RH Bill and address the RH issue now

2nd Place – UP Artists’ Circle Sorority

“Give life without losing yours.”

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This mandala as a whole represents significance fo women in their responsibility and capability to give continuation to the circle of life, in which they behold their beauty as a provider and nurturer.

The inverted triangle symbolizes the female genitalia and the three spirals symbolize women’s omnipotent power. These are surrounded by blossoming flowers that represent the blossoming of women and their potentials.

The maple leaves connote the sweetness that new life brings and at the same time, the openness to sexual pleasure through responsible and safe actions.

The condoms used to beautify the mandalas signify that men and women complement each other in order to create beauty in life.

1st Place – UP Visual Communication students, College of Fine Arts

“Safety in diversity.”

At the very center of our mandala is a triskel. These three circles connected to each other is a common element of the traditional mandala. For this specific piece, it symbolizes the three kinds of gender preferences. Straight males are symbolized by a ♂, straight females are symbolized by a ♀ and other sexual preferences combine the two symbols.

Around the triskel are “feathers.” Feathers constitute wings and wings are symbols of freedom. The central and supporting elements combined deliver the advocacy for freedom of choice in sexual preference.

At the middle of the triskel are random dots, with one red dot at the middle. This red dot symbolizes the chance of getting sexually transmitted diseases. Despite the freedom, there is still a risk. To prevent these risks from emerging, the red dot is surrounded with several contraceptives.

Our mandala recognizes the different sexual preferences of people but still reminds them of always being SAFE.

The prize for the best tagline also goes to the UP Vis Com group: “Safety in Diversity.”

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The groups will be awarded when classes resume on the second week of November.

We would like to thank our judges: Dr. Eloi Hernandez of the UP College of Arts and Letters, Ms. Beth Angsioco of the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines, Mr. Red Tani of the Filipino Freethinkers and Mr. Carlos Celdran of Celdran Tours.

We would also like to thank our sponsor, DKT-Reproductive Health (Frenzy Condoms and Filipinay birth control pills), and our UP-based partner, RH AGENDA.

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Mandalas from the SAS ART-H Contest

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by in Condoms, Contraception, reproductive health, Reproductive Health Bill, RH in the Philippines, Safe (Sensible) Sex, SASSy contests, SASsy Events

Due to unfavorable weather conditions, we had to move the contest proper to Monday, October 3. The UP students were such troopers. They arrived armed with sketches, additional research, extra adhesives and lots of ideas. Their designs were inspired from what they learned at the ART-H Primer, where Sex and Sensibilities gave a sexual health workshop and Prof. John Paul “Lakan” Olivares delivered a mandala making workshop.

The UP students created their final designs using condoms and pills based on what they learned from the primer and explain the relationship between their designs and related issues on informed choice, reproductive health, gender equality, etc.

After three hours of cutting, gluing and working together, they came up with the following products:

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UP Samahan sa Agham Pampulitika

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UP Artists’ Circle Sorority

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UP Circle of Industrial Engineering Majors

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College of Fine Arts Visual Communication students

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UP Association of Political Science Majors

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UP Social Science and Philosophy Student Council

You may read the groups’ respective explanations AND vote for your favorite mandala by clicking “Like” in this album. Make sure you “Like” the Sex and Sensibilities page first! Behind the scenes pictures here.

Many thanks to our sponsor, DKT Reproductive Health and our UP-based partner RH AGENDA for making this possible!

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