Now I know why so many people want to go to Harvard. Harvard University’s annual Sex Week observance, which launched yesterday, includes a workshop about losing your virginity (I must be special because I didn’t need to learn that in class) and another called “What What in the Butt: Anal Sex 101″ that aims to teach the Ivy League students how to have anal sex.
Come learn everything about anal sex from the experts of Good Vibrations, a sex-positive store located right in Brookline! They will dispel myths about anal sex and give you insight into why people do it and how to do it well. They will cover a wide variety of topics, including: anal anatomy and the potential for pleasure for all genders; how to talk about it with a partner; basic preparation and hygiene; lubes, anal toys, and safer sex; anal penetration for beginners, and much more! Learn the facts about this exciting yet often misunderstood form of pleasure, find out the common mistakes people make, and get all your questions answered!’
Not everything on the menu for sex week is geared toward fun and profit. There’s plenty of political self-flagellation. Take for example a workshop called “Jungle Fever”:
Have you ever said or heard the following? I Iove [insert racial or ethnic group here] because they always [insert stereotype about said racial or ethnic group]! If so, then you have either experienced or participated in exotification. Exotification means objectifying someone’s racial or ethnic identity, treating that identity – and that identity alone – as what defines them or makes them [sic] desirable. To learn more about exotification and its problematic nature, come to the exotification panel on November 6th from 6-8 pm in TIcknor Lounge.
Other workshops include include “Brown Girlz Do it Well: a Queer Diaspora Remix,” a workshop that will “situate our personal narratives within broader systems of racism, casteism, classism, islamophobia, and imperialism.” Sex Ed 101 promises to teach students the ins and outs of safer sex, including the proper use of dental dams. And “Fifty Shades of False: Kink, Fantasy, and Fetish” is expected to delve into how the bestselling book apparently got BDSM all wrong.
Then of course there is a trolling around campus in a costume meant to resemble a giant vagina.
If that’s the prevailing view among students on what a vagina looks like, maybe they do need some basic sexual instruction.
Sex Week is coordinated by Sexual Health Education & Advocacy throughout Harvard College, or SHEATH, a recognized student-run organization on campus. The events are billed as free and open to the public. PLUS California Exotic Novelties, which calls itself “the world’s largest pleasure product company, will be giving out free sex toys.
I am guessing that most of these students are already sexually active and know how to conduct business in the bedroom, but even novices in the art of lovemaking may have a problem with student government funds being used for something this frivolous. I’ll bet you parents paying tuition are none too pleased with this program.
Cross-posted at The Lid