Sex column in student newspaper asks Texas to provide masturbation lessons for girls
Writers for the column are Fabulous Frank, Virgin Veronica, and Sexy Sally
Newspaper has received $281,873 from the publicly funded Student Services Budget Committee
The student newspaper at The University of Texas at Austin will continue with a controversial sex column despite backlash in recent days over an article demanding that the State of Texas provide masturbation instructions for it's young female residents.
The column, which appeared in the The Daily Texan late last month, featured four students who regularly write on a variety of sexual topics for their peers.
“Girls in Texas aren’t taught how to pleasure themselves any better than they’re taught where to get birth control, so I learned with my hands under the covers by myself,” wrote a student under the alias "Committed Caroline." “I learned where to touch and how.”
“It’s nice to enjoy a night just the two of us: my vibrator, and me that is,” she continued.
The other writers are a gay man who goes by the pseudonym "Fabulous Frank," a student who says she is not sexually active called "Virgin Veronica," and "Sexy Sally," who writes that although she “may sound like a whore,” she is just someone who enjoys “casual sex” with “gentlemen friends.”
In another column, "Sexy Sally" shares that she has so much sex that she does not need to masturbate.
“I found a good friend who was down to do the nasty whenever and wherever I wanted,” she wrote. “Since then I’ve had pretty consistent sex and haven’t felt the need to masturbate on my own.”
The newspaper has received $281,873 from the Student Services Budget Committee, which allocates student fees, since last August 12, according to financial documents released by the school.
In the middle of the columns, an advertisement to donate to the student publication appears that states “Donate to the Daily Texan & support the best student journalism in the nation.”
The newspaper made headlines earlier this year for financial problems so severe that it narrowly escaped having to reduce their print publication schedule from five days to four.
In an article published Wednesday and updated today, The Daily Texan reporter Larisa Manescu acknowledged that many people have had a problem with the column.
“The Daily Texan’s sex column series just turned one month old, and as expected, it’s already received some backlash,” she wrote.
She continued to state that the newspaper has no intention of backing down on the column:
“Having a column where four anonymous writers of varying sexual orientations and experiences talk about a weekly topic, ranging from first kisses to masturbation, is beneficial to a college population because it desensitizes taboo topics and embraces the diversity of sexual history and preferences,” she wrote.
More criticism of the column also appears on the newspaper’s Facebook page.
In a comment on a post titled “Fabulous Frank: My First Kiss,” alumnus John Owens, who said he used to work for the paper as a student, expressed his frustration:
“Seriously? I'm not intending to insult this guys (sic) experience, because we each have our own stories to tell, but a feature story about a 14 year old getting a blowjob?” he wrote.
The Daily Texan did not respond to requests for comment from Campus Reform in time for publication.
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