College hosts sex and masturbation tutorial in a church

College hosts sex and masturbation tutorial in a church

Female OrgasmWhen I was growing up, my father, who never finished high school, would lovingly taunt me whenever I failed at a task that involved the hands more than to did the head. “What’s wrong?” he would ask, half-joking. “Didn’t they teach you in your fancy books?”

Some learning, of course, comes naturally, without the need of a teacher or classroom. Despite this truism, The College Fix reports:

Allegheny College’s Ford Memorial Chapel was transformed into a boudoir of sorts Wednesday night, as professional sex educators advised students in attendance how best to touch themselves and their partners to reach orgasm in what was billed as an educational seminar.

The sexologists who conducted the seminar were Marshall Miller and Kate Weinberg, who have been making the rounds of college campuses. Last month, the duo sponsored the same workshop, titled “I Heart the Female Orgasm,” at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMTC).

Ford Chapel, the College Fix notes, is where Catholic mass and non-denominational services are conducted weekly. Some students were understandably upset by the choice of venue, but the university’s chaplain, Jane Ellen Nickel, gave the event her blessing, explaining:

The program advocates responsible, respectful decision-making regarding sexual behavior, and includes the option waiting for marriage, a message that resonates with many students of faith. While the name may have some shock value, the event itself is consistent with our policy of opening the building to campus groups. We would love it if students at such an event experience the chapel as a welcoming space, and then feel encouraged to attend a religious service or program.

Many students came out in support of the event, which was held a week to the day after Ash Wednesday, hawking buttons, t-shirts, and hats emblazoned with the program’s logo. One excited female student is quoted as shouting, “I have needs!” while a friend shrieked, “I have condoms! Jesus!”

In an attempt to ameliorate concerns of religious students, Weinberg touched on on a portion of the Book of Genesis that deals with masturbation:

So this primary anti-masturbation story is about this guy, Onan.… And Onan refused to sleep with his brother’s wife, so he spilled his seed on the ground — that’s how it’s defined — and for that, God struck him dead….

A lot of Bible scholars say that’s the primary anti-masturbation story, but I don’t really see it. Onan wasn’t struck dead for masturbating. He was struck down for not sleeping with his brother’s wife. So the masturbation wasn’t the sin. So obviously, you know, the Bible is something that is interpreted in a lot of different ways.

So according to Weinberg, the Bible teaches that failing to commit adultery incurs God’s wrath. I wonder if she ever got around to explaining how that “interpretation” squares with the Ten Commandments.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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