Colleges host 'sex week'
Is 'Dirty Talk' on your syllabus this semester?
Spring is in the air, and for quite a few colleges, so is "Sex Week."
Sex Week is a full week of classes and events dedicated to sex and relationship topics; Yale, Harvard and a handful of other universities have made it an annual tradition. Yesterday, for example, Brown University wrapped up their weeklong sex-ed agenda with a "Lace and Leather Burlesque Workshop."
Eric Rubenstein and Jacqueline Farber, two Yale College graduates, organized the first ever Sex Week in 2002. Yale describes the week as "an interdisciplinary sex education program designed to pique students’ interest through creative, interactive, and exciting programming."
More on MSN Living: GQ's foolproof guide to online dating
Harvard hosted its first Sex Week just last year. Organizers noticed there were a variety of campus events available on sex, love and gender, and they wanted to find a way to connect them.
Harvard's Samantha Meier is co-president of Sex Week, and, according to her, the University's faculty and administration have been supportive:
“Even our office of career services has signed on for an event,” Meier said.
According to LiveScience, many colleges use titillating titles like, "Sex and Chocolate in the Dark" and "Dirty Talk" simply to get students in the door. The goal is then to open a dialogue about sex and relationship topics in a comfortable setting. And while the classes take place on campus, the environment is much more intimate than you'd probably expect from a university:
"Celebrate Sex Week with an open discussion about all things sex in a safe, comfortable environment," reads Brown's Sex Week event list. "Bring blankets, pillows, friends, and questions for a night of cozy conversation in a dark, anonymyzing space."
More on MSN Living: Men reveal 7 biggest first date complaints
Perhaps not surprisingly, Sex Week hasn't been immune to controversy, especially at Yale, where porn stars have occasionally been asked to speak. Pat Robertson's "The 700 Club," a talk show that airs on the Christian Broadcasting Network, recently denounced the college tradition. Guest Nathan Harden, author of "Sex and God at Yale," said:
“There’s really a war being waged on the mind by the faculty and administration…Why would anybody send a little girl to Yale to think that she might get subjected to sadomasochism?”
Porn star "Maggie Mayhem" was invited to Yale last year to contribute to a discussion on ethics and pornography. She sought to help answer the question, "Is it ethical to film sex?"
And while a course like "Dirty Talk" might sound explicit, it's supposedly less about bedroom behavior and more about cultivating closeness with one's partner. As one student told the University of Southern California's "Neon Tommy" publication:
"It was just like, being consensual and comfortable in expressing yourself with your partner."
What do you think? Is "Sex Week" too over the top for college?
Photo: College sex week / Brown University (© Kenneth C. Zirkel/Getty Images)
Sex is something that the parents should be teaching their kids, not the school. And the worst thing is to seek advice from porn stars. They offer nothing beneficial. The sex they have on screen is devoid of any caring and compassion. It's all about selfish lust.
you can't go to college to gain wisdom anymore; you have to go so you can become a total fool and become stupid and in debt.
what a bunch of pathetic degenerate snot nosed pukes.
love: friendships, dating, sex & marriage
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie finally took the plunge, but marriage isn't always a good choice for everyone.
Learn how these surprising tactics can really improve your relationship.
Use these tips to up your chances of finding love.
Find out how paired-off ladies might feel lacking—and how you can make your relationship satisfying.
These signals are seriously subtle, but they can give you real insight into what's going through your husband's mind.
Check which changes are necessary to stay happy together.
We know some of this may sound obvious, but these simple statements can make both of you happier.
Making your relationship more secure, connected, and intimate doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. Try these expert tips and reap the rewards now—and in the long run.
For those times when nothing big and horrible happened--but nothing is feeling right either.
What's more fun than animals in weddings? We've rounded up eight of the cutest.
Your puppy is all over your Instagram, Facebook and fridge, so there's no reason not to include him in your engagement pictures too. The best engagement photos give viewers a peek into your life. If you’re a dog owner, take this opportunity to show off your pooch, like these 22 couples did! And we can't thank them enough.
Our married blogger gets real about checking out other guys when you're taken.