“Protect Your Panther”

The U.S. is usually thought of as a rather conservative country in contrast to most European countries, and it is often true, so I was surprised when I came across a “condom cart” at a college campus. While condom vending machines in public bathrooms or in pubs are pretty common in Europe, they are much harder to find in the U.S. and I know plenty of people who would not want such machines to be installed.

Condom Machine (photo by Sebastian Hartmann; found on Pinterest)

Condom Machine in Europe (photo by Sebastian Hartmann; found on Pinterest)

Thus, the re-purposed golf cart of Sacramento City College is a nice change. The condom cart is called the Condom Connection and drives around campus – especially at events – to offer free condoms, lube, and information concerning the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). The program is mostly run by students it seems but supported by a faculty member.

Photo of the Condom Cart on the SCC Website

I loved the cart design, the name “Condom Connection,” which reminds me of the local bakery called the Cookie Connection, and the entertaining¬† double entendre/slogan of “Protect Your Panther” (the college’s mascot is a panther) – although I think the slogan “Wrap Your Panther” would work well, too. So maybe the U.S. is not quite as conservative as stereotypes make it out to be – or at least not on college campuses and in California.

Close-up of the On-Campus Condom Cart

Close-up of the On-Campus Condom Cart

T-Shirt of the Condom Cart Staff -

T-Shirt of the Condom Cart Staff – “Protect Your Panther”

Find out more about the Condom Cart at Sacramento City College on its Facebook site.

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