University asks students if they've ever ‘gagged on a penis’
- Michigan State University wants to know whether students have ever “gagged on a penis” or “ejaculated on someone's face” as part of a new "College Sex Survey."
- The survey, which is ostensibly about reducing sexual assault, also poses intimate questions about students' pornography-viewing habits and use of sex toys.
A new “College Sex Survey” sent out by Michigan State University is asking students if they have ever “gagged on a penis” or “ejaculated on someone's face.”
According to the screenshots obtained by Campus Reform, the optional research study aims to “learn more about college students’ experiences with sex, sexuality, pornography, relationship violence, and sexual assault.”
“Our overall goal is to improve campus services and programs around these types of experiences,” the school added.
The description repeatedly makes clear that “participation is voluntary,” noting that some participants “might feel uncomfortable answering some of the study questions,” and have the option of skipping questions or ending the survey at any time.
The survey, which is estimated to take half an hour and does not mandate participation, quizzes students about intricate details of their sexual relationships, including questions on pornogrophy, reaching an orgasm, using sex toys, and much more.
“How often do you think about porn while having sex with someone in order to maintain your arousal?” one question asks, providing participants with a list of possible answers.
Another question asks students if they “ever engaged in penetrative sex” that involves “a vibrator or a dildo,” a “bottle or vegetable,” or “hands to penetrate a sex partner.”
“When I found out about the survey sent out at MSU I was laughing because I thought it was a joke,” Chrissy Clark, a student who took the survey, told Campus Reform. “I first saw it on barstool MSU, which is an Instagram that parodies college students. I thought that it might be an extra credit opportunity for a student research assistant but it was a serious survey sent out to students to understand sexual assault issues on campus.”
While Clark noted that “it doesn’t shock me that MSU is putting more of its resources into understanding more about sexual assault ‘culture’ on-campus” in light of the Larry Nassar scandal, she also stressed that “some of the questions had nothing to do with understanding assault” and that “it was like an awkward invasion of privacy.”
In addition to questions on oral sex and anal penetration, the survey also asks if participants have ever been pregnant, whether they have “kissed someone of the same sex/gender in front of others for their entertainment,” and what device they use to consume pornography.
One lengthy question even asks students “how often you have reached orgasm” in several hypothetical scenarios, such as “while receiving oral sex while you were watching porn,” “while receiving oral sex with a toy while you were watching porn,” “while engaging in penetrative sex (penis or toy in anus or vagina) while watching porn,” and more.
Michigan State University provided Campus Reform with the following statement about the survey:
“The university does not ever see the data that are collected by researchers via anonymous surveys. Unfortunately, pornography has become the primary source of sexuality education for youth. We are seeing students who feel pressured to engage in these extreme sexual behaviors. Understanding how prevalent these behaviors are, helps to create sex education programs that help young people to refuse these behaviors if they do not want to engage.”
When Campus Reform inquired about the funding for the survey, the principle investigator of the study, Dr. Megan Maas asserted that it was not an MSU-sponsored project, explaining that all data are stored with a software research company called Qualtrics.
“In fact, this study is confidential for MSU students only,” Maas remarked. “We did not spend any money on this study. The participants' identities are unknown, as it was anonymous.”