School hosts workshop on ‘pleasure’ of ‘touching yourself’

The Undergraduate Student Government of Arizona State University, Tempe is hosting a workshop on getting “the pleasure you want and deserve” from masturbation.

According to the event description page posted on Facebook, the workshop will host an expert to discuss masturbation on February 13, and address ways in which students can “[get] in touch” with themselves through sexual self-gratification.

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“Getting in touch with yourself by touching yourself,” the event description reads. “Join pleasure professional Natalie Treacy for a shame-free, pleasure focused discussion about masturbation and self exploration to get the pleasure you want and deserve.”

While images obtained by Campus Reform appear to suggest that the event was originally titled “Go F*ck Yourself," the workshop's currently title was apparently changed to a less provocative "Go Love Yourself."

The images of the original event description also appeared to link the lecture with “O.School,” an organization that strives to create “intimate spaces to talk about sex and pleasure online” by hosting live streams and lectures “to help you overcome shame, heal from trauma, and develop skills to communicate and set boundaries in the pursuit of your sexual pleasure.”

In November 2017, the Undergraduate Student Government also hosted two events featuring guests from O.School, including a talk on “the sex ed you deserve” and communication in intimate relationships.

While the updated version of the slated workshop still retains the same slogan, the event is no longer directly linked to the sex ed group that was involved in previous campus projects.

According to the Undergraduate Student Government website, the organization is committed to backing “Arizona State University’s Culture of Intimacy” campaign intended to “change the climate around healthy sexuality.”

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“By bridging the gap between sexual assault and other topics such as gender identity, birth control, or STI prevention and testing, we have the power to positively affect intimacy on our campus,” the organization explains, also noting that its objective is to create a “new director position to focus on issues of intimacy and healthy relationships.”

Campus Reform reached out to the Undergraduate Student Government for comment on the matter, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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