Out in late March 2012
Available in e-formats - Amazon Kindle, Apple iTunes for iPad and iPhone, ePub & other formats
Authors: James Buckley & team
In 1988 the condom officially reared its head at the Olympic Games. About 8,500 were handed out at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games, an average of about one per athlete for the entire competition. Later this year at the 2012 London Games, 150,000 condoms will be distributed throughout the Olympic village.
In just two decades the condom has become a staple commodity at the world’s largest sporting competition, underlying a raunchy side to the Olympics, which for the most part goes largely unseen by the general public. Given the number of hormone-charged athletes living at close quarters for the duration of the Games, it’s not surprising that sex has bloomed in and around the village. The International Olympic Committee knows this culture is embedded into the Games, and spends thousands of hours promoting a safe sex message.
Sex & the Olympics: Condomania explores the importance of the condom and uncovers its controversial journey en route to becoming an Olympic tradition. It looks at just how many condoms are distributed and reveals which Games suffered a critical shortage in rubber contraceptives. It examines opposition to the provision of condoms at the Olympics and tells the story of how Salt Lake City, one of the world’s most religious places, reacted when the Winter Games ‑ and its supply of condoms ‑ hit town in 2002. And it delves into the vital role each condom plays in the fight against the spread of sexually transmitted infections in the Olympic village, particularly the potentially lethal HIV/AIDS virus.
This lovingly illustrated book profiles the critical role of the condom at the Olympics, for without it, the Games and the athletes simply could not perform.
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