On Thursday afternoon around 4pm, I handed out 30 condoms from the
Sather Gate to Wheeler Hall.
Different from my prior expectation, the experience of handing out
condoms cannot be described by a single word of either hard or easy. As
Berkeley is known for its diversity of students, people reacted differently when
they were handed a condom. Some people simply ignored the condom and
rushed to their classes while others were glad to take the condoms and asked
questions about the SHAW.
Most interestedly, some people expressed interest about the condoms
themselves. As we were handing out the rainbow series of condoms this time,
some people asked me if they could get a ultra thin condom instead and some
other students would also prefer extra large ones. Therefore, for future condom
handing activities, it might be worth considering the idea of preparing a diverse
range of condoms and give them out based on the need of people.
Another detail that worth mentioning is that (biological) gender might
affect the possibility that one would take a condom in public. During my
experience of handing out condoms, it appears that more males than females
would accept the condoms. While the reason of this could be traced to culture or
their birth origin, the way that females were taught differently from males might
be part of the answer to this question.