Vassar sex magazine hosts silent sex toy auction
Vassar College ended February with a sex toy auction complete with “high-end” donated products.
The auction is an annual tradition hosted by Vassar’s Squirm Magazine, a submissions-based magazine dedicated to discussing sexuality in the media and on campus. The annual event is held to raise funds for the magazine’s publishing and began soon after the magazine’s founding in 1999.
At the auction, students were allowed into the room in small groups and went silently from item to item to bid on each object.
The items up for auction consisted of high-end sex toys including dildos, BDSM equipment, and a collection of handmade products. One of the handmade products was bed restraints made by an alumnus to specifically fit the Vassar College beds.
Students rejected the claim that the sex toy auction had anything to do with the popularity of the movie version of 50 Shades of Grey and claimed the film is a description of an abusive relationship unrelated to the BDSM movement.
Squirm reportedly garners donations from sex toy companies across the country and even from alumni.
In an interview with the campus newspaper Miscellany News, Squirm President Morgan Williams explained the careful consideration for each item in the auction.
“We had a couple things we were debating—what sort of image that we wanted to be portraying,” Williams told Miscellany News. “We had a sex doll of Sasha Grey and we were like ‘that’s a little weird…’”
Other items auctioned at this year’s event included the “Flickering Tongue” and “Doc Johnson’s XTend It Kit,” a penis enhancement toy.
Vassar is a private college located in Poughkeepsie, New York.
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