Sex Week is not only for sexually active students. Sex Week is just as much for those practicing abstinence. The possibility of practicing a sex-positive form of abstinence will be explored in addition to sex education methods that teach abstinence without denying that sexuality is fundamental to the human experience.
Sex Week will include programming that will stimulate discussion around the historical roots and manifestations of ideas about virginity, including its often gendered connections to religion and the prescribed set of sexual behaviors generally associated with "losing" or "keeping" one's virginity. Students will be invited to explore and articulate what virginity means to them physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and the concept of consent will be vitally important to arriving at an understanding of what virginity means for members of our community.
Sex Week is for LGBTQ, asexual, and straight students. Every program we host will be in a safe space and friendly towards the LGBTQ community, and several events will cover topics relating to LGBTQ sexuality. In addition, asexuality, the absence of sexual attraction, will be embraced as an identity category along the spectrum of human sexuality, rather than as a lack of sexual orientation.
Sex Week will include programming that encourages and celebrates safe sexual practices, including usage of condoms and birth control. Sex Week will inform people on how to obtain various forms of contraception, as well as how to avoid and treat STIs. Our programming is committed to being medically accurate and will discuss how to talk to one's doctor about sex.
Sex Week will include programming that is compelling, insightful, and relevant to people along the gender spectrum. In addition to having hospitality towards all genders, Sex Week will foster discussions about the theory and history behind gender roles in our culture and the expectations those create for interpersonal relationships and relationships with society. This will include discussion about prescriptive versions of masculinity and femininity and their healthier, more sustainable alternatives, as well as the limits put on individuals because of their gender role performance.