Why is Sex Week on the Dirty Dozen List?
A variety of studies indicate that sexual assault on campus is a significant although underreported problem. The problem is now so serious that President Obama has launched the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, chaired by Vice President Biden. According to the White House press release announcing the program, “Studies show that about one in five women is a survivor of attempted or completed sexual violence while in college.”
While the numbers and frequency of such crimes may be in dispute, it is undeniable that pornography-use by the perpetrator is a factor in many assaults both on and off campus. The link between pornography and crime is well documented on our website PornHarmsResearch.com.
It is therefore perplexing that many colleges and universities, including some of our nation’s top schools, are succumbing to student pressure to welcome so-called “sex week” celebrations to bring hardcore pornography, as well as pornographic displays for public consumption on campuses. Some schools even include lectures on sex by naked instructors and demonstrations encouraging students to engage in BDSM, or violent torture sex.
At Yale University, where sex week was first initiated a dozen years ago there are two reported rape cases just this week as we launch the annual Dirty Dozen List. The assaults were reported by students who attended an annual “BDSM” party (where students dressed up in bondage costumes and violent porn was projected on the walls of the room).
Sex week celebrations have now spread to Harvard, Columbia, University of Chicago, Brown, Northwestern, University of Tennessee, University of Michigan and a smattering of other schools.
On this site we will continually update contact information of university and college officials at schools that allow sex week celebrations.
It is noted that on some campuses students concerned about sexual assault, abstinence, and respect for the sexes are muscling their way onto the agendas of sex week celebrations to bring balance to the events.
Examples of Sex Week Activities:
- Brown: Fornication 101
Megan Andelloux is a certified sexologist and sexuality educator, and the director of the Center for Sexual Health and Pleasure in Pawtucket, RI. Her presentation, Fornication 101, will introduce students to carnal knowledge, comfort in awkward situations and hot safer sex behaviors. Topics include, but are certainly not limited to: ejaculation, petting kitties, putting condoms on with your mouth, anal adventures, G-spot stimulation, and sexual positions. You will not want to miss this!
- University of Chicago: Porn
We’re bringing in a director of 400 porno films, Axel Braun, and showing a favorite parody film, Star Wars XXX. Learn about the process, and discuss the stereotypes stemming from porn. Other films include documentaries on the g-spot and comedies.Visit Sex in the Media for PG-Porn, sex in commercials, and other videos.
- University of Chicago: “Rope Workshop”
Want to learn to tie your partner up? Curious about bondage, but didn’t know how to try on your own? We’ll be showing the basics of rope tying, and a bit beyond the basics!
- Harvard: “How to Lose your Virginity,” “Sex Toys 101,” and “Munch, Dinner & Kink”
- University of Michigan: Kink for Beginners
Thinking of getting acquainted with kink, or curious about BDSM? Start here to learn about safety, communication, and other tips. Participants will learn about basic BDSM concepts and how to safely and respectfully navigate new experiences.
Take Action: For the General Public
- Sign this Petition to University Officials (we will add to the recipient list throughout the year, so please send again soon)
- Tweet School Officials
Click here to send to all on our list OR use this tweet: #sexweek at top universities promoting #porn, #sexual torture & #hookingup – Stop the exploitation!
- Share Your Story
All stories will be shared anonymously. Click to here to submit.
- Distribute this handout to your friends and family and ask them to get involved.
Take Action: For University Students
- File complaints about inappropriate events at your school. Encourage your friends to file complaints as well.
- Organize events on campus that teach the truths about pornography, sexual violence and healthy intimacy. Contact us if you need help finding speakers or organizing.
- Host a table during such campaigns and distribute materials highlighting the realities of pornography, sexual violence and healthy intimacy.
- Talk to your peers about the harms of pornography and ways to protect against it. Learn more at PornHarms.com or PornHarmsResearch.com. Encourage their involvement in efforts to oppose the pornification of our culture.
Some of the Universities Promoting Sex Week:
- University of Michigan
- University of TN
- University of Chicago
Sponsors of Events Include:
- Student Activity Fees
- Public tax dollars at the public schools
- “Sex toy” shops
- Condom companies
- BDSM “specialists”