More than 400 Airmen took time out of their day to watch â€œSex Signalsâ€ live show at the Mirage Club on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 10.
Sex Signals is an improvised, two-person presentation geared to educate Airmen about the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding sexual assault. The show uses different scenarios, audience participation and humor to get their message across.
â€œThe show discusses things that are hard to talk about,â€ said Fawzia Mirza, Sex Signals actress. â€œThe humor we use in the skits disarms the uneasiness and allows people to learn the information weâ€™re telling them. Also, the interaction is a great way to get the audience involved.â€
Sex Signals is offered for every branch of the military. Each version reflects the terms, jargon and customs and courtesies for the particular branch.
In the Air Force, Airmen often rely on others to get the mission accomplished. If someone is sexually assaulted, it may affect more than just the individual, it could potentially hinder the completion of the mission.
â€œSexual assault in the Air Force compromises mission readiness,â€ Mirza said. â€œThe ability to weed this out is a way to create a stronger Air Force. I think the military is a great place for the rest of our culture to look to as an example.â€
The performance was very well done. The actors were both very animated and kept the audience laughing. The information was given in a way that is often different than what Airmen are used to, and the interaction with the crowd kept them engaged. George Zerante, Sex Signals actor, finds the reactions of the audience and the way they receive the information to be one of the satisfying aspects of performing in the skits.
â€œThe most rewarding thing about doing this is when I see someone in the audience who agrees with what weâ€™re talking about and understands they can do something about sexual assault,â€ George said. â€œItâ€™s great when Airmen come up to me after the show and say â€˜that was the best training Iâ€™ve ever had.â€™â€