As stated in our initial post, out main objection to Sex Week 2010 was not even that it was happening, but that the offices of Residential Life, Campus Life & Student Services, and Institutional Diversity were listed as sponsors. We are willing to grant that there is some validity to the claim that the University should instruct students on how to have safe sex—although that is certainly debatable—but we don’t think that obligation extends to every conceivable combination of male and female sex acts or the insertion of every imaginable object into every orfice of the body—as liberal as Brown is, it has to draw the line somewhere and a good place to start was the not-s0-subtly titled forum on ‘F*cking Fantasies,’ which was held Saturday evening and featured sex educator Megan Andelloux.
We wanted to get to the bottom of what was going on at the Sex Weeks events, so we dispatched our reporter to sit in on the forum. To be sure, there were some useful safety tips on sex toys and various lubricants, but much of the forum dwelled on how to maximize pleasure and fulfill various sexual fantasies. It seemed that no fantasy was too taboo for Andelloux, whose main point was that it is OK to think about incest, rape, and bestiality, as long as students don’t act on those thoughts. Andelloux has a right to her opinion, but we find it impossible to believe that this is an accepted proposition among the mental health community or that the University really thinks it is appropriate to teach students that such fantasies are healthy. At the end of the event, Andelloux showed clips from a pornographic video that she said was an example of ‘sex positive’ porn—the video depicted a man choking a woman and slapping her breasts while they were having sex—we can only be grateful that she declined to show any examples of what she considers ‘sex negative’ porn.
In the description of the event, which is posted on the comments section under our first post, organizers cheekily remark that students are in “college to get a challenging education.” While the event was educational, we don’t see how encouraging students to indulge in desires and sexual fantasies could in any way be considered challenging. Now, a lecture on the virtues of chastity—that would be truly shocking for an audience that didn’t even blink when showed a video of a man choking and slapping a woman during sex.