One of my proudest moments as a sex educator happened my senior year of college, at 2 a.m. on a cold winter's night. The phone in my apartment rang, catapulting me awake, and when I picked it up my friend Sally* was on the other end yelling at me.
"I hate you." she shouted, "I could have had sex with a really hot guy tonight, but we didn't have a condom. If I hadn't spent 3 years listening to you talk about safe sex, I could have just closed my eyes and hoped, but you just had to ruin it for me. You suck."
In response, I congratulated her for behaving responsibly, hung up the phone, and went back to bed. More than fifteen years later, I still remember the conversation and laugh about it... and so does she.
Fortunately, the newest generation of college students will never have to call and berate their sex educator friends because of a lack of condoms, at least not if they attend The College of NJ. A student there has started a condom ambulance that will deliver condoms to needy students on campus. During the hottest weekend evening hours, the service even promises delivery within five minutes! If only we'd had something like this back in MY day, I would have gotten a lot more sleep. On the other hand, I would have missed out on a fabulous story.