Public university Sex Week to teach masturbation, when orgasms are a ‘political act'
- One event will tell students when lube is “a tool of the revolution” and what health issues “are involved in back-door lovin’.”
- Organizer: these events are necessary to reduce sexual assaults on campus,
University of Tennessee (UT), a public school, has announced the schedule for its second annual Sex Week, complete with lectures on orgasms as a political act and masturbation.
One event, “Get Wet: Exploring the Connections Between Sexual Pleasure, Health, & Advocacy” will ask students “When is an orgasm a political act? When is lube a tool of the revolution?” The event description promises that host Megan Andelloux will "demonstrate how three components of sexuality - pleasure, health, and advocacy - flow into one another as we explore a variety of topics centered on reproductive justice and sexual freedom."
The event will also inform students “which sexual health issues are involved in back-door lovin', why you should care about sex workers' rights, and how you can defend your own sexual freedom through self-love.”
An event hosted by porn actress Tristan Taormino, will answer questions like "Can porn be ethical?" and "What is 'good' porn?" The self-described feminist pornographer will also share her thoughts on "why she thinks anti-porn feminists haven't watched enough porn."
Taormino’s film experience includes acting and producing credits for House of Ass and directing credits for Expert Guide to Hand Jobs for Men and Women and Chemistry 4: The Orgy Edition, according to IMDb.
Taormino will also host a Q&A session to "answer ANY question you have about sex, sexuality, and gender."
Another event, “We Can’t Stop: Orgasms and Masturbation" asks “How do you masturbate?" and promises that "Dr. Lindsey Doe will give us all a hand on this often frustrating topic.”
Other events will include “My Milkshake Brings All the Boys to the Yard: Aphrodisiac Cooking Class,” “Drop It Like It's Hot: Sex Week Dance Class.”
UT’s first Sex Week made headlines last year for planning to spend $20,000 on events including a “Golden Condom Scavenger Hunt” and lectures by a sexologist titled “Big Orange, Big…;)” and “How Many Licks Does it take….”
Amid criticism, the school cut $11,145 in state funds from the program, putting on a scaled-back version using $6,700 in student fees.
Earlier this month, a Sex Week organizer defended the controversial events, saying that they are necessary to reduce sexual assault.
“In order to combat rape culture, we have to stop the sexual repression, because less sexual oppression leads to less sexual violence,” junior Nicky Hackenbrack, a board member of Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee (SEAT), wrote in a piece for The Daily Beacon, the college’s newspaper.
As a public university, UT receives both federal and state taxpayer funds.
Sex Week will run from March 2 through March 7.
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