Sex week kicks off on campus

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For many faculties and universities, Valentine’s Day supplies the right entrée to Sex Week, a sequence of occasions and workshops on all the pieces from consent and physique picture to contraceptives and STI testing. Among this yr’s extra inventive choices: a “make your personal intercourse toy” workshop and “condom bingo,” by which gamers use condoms to mark their playing cards.

“People come to campus with all kinds and ranges of training about intercourse,” stated Tammi Simpson, vp for group and inclusivity at Hood College in Maryland, which hosted its first-ever intercourse week final week. “We really feel like having a weeklong program normalizes the dialog and permits us to be open and talk about not solely intercourse, however sexuality, pleasure and sexual well being.”

The faculty hosted eight occasions, together with a professor-led dialogue on the reproductive journeys of transgender and nonbinary individuals. The Queer Student Union co-hosted condom bingo and joined with the Black Student Union to sponsor Black Love Day, by which college students have been invited to assemble, eat collectively and meet new buddies.

Amanda Dymek, director of wellness at Hood College, who helped manage the week’s occasions, stated it was particularly gratifying to look at college and college students work together throughout a dialogue titled, “There’s Power in Your Pleasure,” led by a intercourse educator.

“The maturity and the vulnerability that was shared throughout our night program … was actually great to see,” Dymek stated. “Our college students have been so trustworthy, mature and self-reflective in sharing with our specialists their experiences in relationships and find and growing their very own sexuality.”

Tulane University in New Orleans has scheduled greater than 20 sex-related occasions this week, beginning with a Sex Week Kick-Off giveaway of condom kits and intercourse toys. Students also can play a “Wheel of Fornication” sport to win small prizes whereas studying details and statistics about intercourse and sexuality, or attend the “Black Bodies Need Love Too” dialogue concerning the sexual lives of Black college students on campus.

At Ohio State University, Student Advocates for Sexual Health Awareness (SASHA) is internet hosting 20 occasions—together with one centered on writing thank-you notes to abortion suppliers in Ohio and Texas, which received the discover of conservative media retailers resembling Fox News and The Daily Caller, sparking a flurry of criticism on-line and from the college’s Students for Life group.

A spokesperson for OSU told Fox News Digital that no taxpayer {dollars} have been used to sponsor the occasion, and that “Ohio State has a deep and abiding dedication to free speech.”

SASHA can be internet hosting a dialogue on “light masculinity” with Schuyler Bailar, the primary brazenly transgender NCAA Division I swimmer, in addition to an occasion along side Lion’s Den, a nationwide intercourse store, the place college students can study totally different intercourse toys and equipment.

The student-run group Sex Week at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is internet hosting 11 occasions this week, together with a do-it-yourself intercourse toy workshop—again by common demand from final yr—by which college students can decide a toy mould and make their very own intercourse toy utilizing a silicone combination. At the dating-profile photograph shoot, college students can get their photograph taken so as to add to their on-line courting profile for apps like Tinder and Bumble. And there’s a speed-dating occasion, the place college students go on miniature dates collectively.

Two occasions needed to be postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, stated scholar Emily Coulter, a lead organizer for the college’s intercourse week: the group’s signature drag present and a Rocky Horror Picture Show screening. Both occasions have been pushed again till later within the spring, since they draw massive crowds; Coulter stated the drag present often attracts 200 college students.

Sex Week at UNC Charlotte goals to host occasions about issues that college students can’t simply discover on-line—resembling physique picture and its position within the enjoyment of intercourse, which Coulter stated might be particularly useful for many who gained weight throughout the pandemic.

“Students are usually not going to come back to an occasion to study how you can put a condom on,” Coulter stated. “Google is freely out there and YouTube is freely out there. It could be very straightforward to get these sources. So we focus extra of our consideration on the issues that we expect are fascinating. I wish to hear concerning the newest analysis about how our society thinks about our relationship with intercourse and gender and consent.”

Vanderbilt University in Tennessee is internet hosting a Sex Ed and Healthy Relationships Week with eight occasions. Bailey Via, program coordinator of the college’s Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, stated she’s most trying ahead to “What Sex Meant to Me: Exploring the Talk Among Different Identity Groups.”

“We’ve carried out a model of this occasion prior to now, and it went rather well, so I’m very excited to convey it again this yr,” Via stated. “This occasion will characteristic a panel of Vanderbilt college students from totally different racial and ethnic backgrounds as they talk about how the communities inside which they have been raised have influenced the way in which they view relationships, intercourse, sexuality, id and extra. This occasion is prone to spark some nice dialog about how all of us have totally different influences that inform the way in which we view intercourse and relationships.”

Via stated it’s necessary to proceed educating college students on intercourse with the intention to fill within the gaps for many who might not have had a lot sexual well being training.

“We imagine this work is so necessary, as a result of it helps college students take advantage of knowledgeable and secure selections for themselves relating to intercourse and sexual well being,” Via stated. “We need everybody to have autonomy of their sexual resolution making, and the extra everyone knows, the extra autonomy all of us have.”

The University of Denver is internet hosting a Love + Sex + Health Week consisting of seven occasions, together with a queer-inclusive and supportive consent training workshop for college kids who might have felt alienated by conventional intercourse training.

Most of the intercourse week programming is both hybrid or digital, so college students who may really feel uncomfortable or shy going to an occasion in particular person can nonetheless attend just about, stated Andrea Thyrring, Denver’s well being promotion coordinator and coordinator of gender violence prevention and training for the American College Health Association Campus Safety and Violence Coalition.

“We are actually attempting to construct as many alternatives for entry to those packages as potential, whereas additionally recognizing college students actually wish to join with each other and with educators in particular person,” Thyrring stated. “So I’m simply actually excited that we get to stability accessibility and inclusion with that need for in-person programming once more.”

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