Harvard’s Sex Week Promotes Sexual Health and Pleasure for Students

If your college doesn’t have Sex Week, your campus is behind the times. The trend started at Yale in 2002 and just last month, Harvard hosted its very first.

In the last week of March, Harvard offered a student-run program of all things sex, including panel discussions, lectures and information tables.

Sex Week provides a balance of education on sexual health and pleasure. Students can listen to panels on bondage, gay and lesbian sex, and the ethics of pornography. Traditionally, sex education’s main focus has been on the transmission of STDs, safe sex, and rape prevention.

“I think that what our generation is doing is really trying to address these issues in a way that respects individual experiences and beliefs and identities,” said 23-year-old Samantha Meier, one of the two student planners of the event at the university. “And I see Sex Week as a part of that.”

At a time when surveys reveal students are having less sex than past generations, college campuses across the country are trying to prepare them for the experiences to come.

“I think there’s this hook-up culture at Harvard where people assume that everyone’s having sex all the time, and that’s not necessarily true,” said Suzanna Bobadilla, a 21-year-old junior at the university.

Brown University, Northeastern University, the University of Kentucky, Indiana University and Washington University have also followed the trend. Sex Week has faced hostility from students and alumni from all these colleges.

Some don’t like the idea of colleges using its resources to promote sex, while others believe that Sex Week puts to much emphasis on pleasure and not enough on health.

What do you think? Is Sex Week an event that every college campus should provide, or does such an affair promote a careless, pleasure-first approach to sex?

Via The NY Times








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