February 25, 2014

ACTION: University of Tennessee promoting porn, hooking up, violent sex

“A sexual empowerment club” on University of Tennessee’s campus has organized a “Sex Week,” March 2-7, 2014. Events during the week promote things like hooking-up, kink or violent, torture sex and pornography, and how to use sex toys.

They do not educate students on things like pornography’s ties to human trafficking, healthy views of sex, or in discussing the objectification of women in porn and how the porn industry fosters this.

These should not be allowed on a public, state university campus and funded by public tax dollars. UT’s General Counsel, as stated in a public State Capitol hearing on the matter earlier this month, even explained that the University did not thoroughly review the week’s events and speakers.

You can contact university officials here:

Events include:

Centerfold: Pornography–the Ethics & Politics of Producing Pleasure, Tristan Taormino
Can porn be ethical? What is ‘good’ porn? Award-winning author and director Tristan Taormino shares her personal journey from writer and sex educator to self-identified feminist pornographer. Hear about her first foray into porn on and off camera and what led her to form her own company, Smart Ass Productions. She will share her definition of feminist porn (as a growing genre, industry, and movement), what she hopes to accomplish with her films, and the challenges she faces in the mainstream adult industry. As “reality” and representation collide around issues of gender, sexuality, race, and class in pornography, Tristan will argue that feminists must disrupt normative depictions in the medium and create new kinds of imagery. She’ll discuss the role consumers play in the movement, how internet economies have shifted the industry, and why she thinks anti-porn feminists haven’t watched enough porn. Since Tennessee is one of the top ten porn-viewing states, this event will encourage a serious discussion on porn, a phenomena of sexuality that plays a much bigger role in our lives than we realize.

Calling Dr. Love: Ask a (S)expert!, Tristan Taormino
Tristan Taormino is an author, columnist, sex educator, speaker, porn actress, and filmmaker. She has spoken at Harvard, Brown, and Yale. She will be available to all to answer ANY question you have about sex, sexuality, and gender.

Stay the Night: Hook-Up Culture
Should I stay, or should I go? We often ask ourselves when it’s clear we’re doing more than just “hanging out.” Reid Mihalko will speak on hook-up culture, including the impacts on health and the influence of social media. How do you make sure that you’re hooking up in the way you feel most comfortable? He will discuss why we ‘hook up’ and what role hooking up plays in campus life.

Get Wet: Exploring the Connections Between Sexual Pleasure, Health, & Advocacy
When is an orgasm a political act? When is lube a tool of the revolution? Megan will demonstrate how three components of sexuality – pleasure, health, and advocacy – flow into one another as we explore a variety of topics centered on reproductive justice and sexual freedom. Get ready for a wild ride into the slippery world of sexuality and politics! Megan will teach you which sexual health issues are involved in back-door lovin’, why you should care about sex workers’ rights, and how you can defend your own sexual freedom through self-love.

We Can’t Stop: Orgasms & Masturbation
What happens to your body during an orgasm? How do you have an orgasm or help your partner have an orgasm? How do you masturbate? Dr. Lindsey Doe will give us all a hand on this often frustrating topic.

For a complete agenda of UT’s “Sex Week” Activities see the schedule here: http://sexweekut.org/schedule/

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