The University Sex Week Returns!

Sex and University life seem to go hand in hand. Every night, students are out on the town trying to pull and either succeeding and irritating their flat mates with the loud moaning and groaning, or they are failing miserably and heading back home with their dick still in their pants.
Couple kissing and hugging on the bed in bedroom

We all know that sex is a part of your life when you’re younger, and some people have seen this as the perfect opportunity to talk to different university students about sex, relationships, and all things in between.

Sex Week UT

A surprising amount of young people still have no clue about sex and the various things associated with it. They don’t know as much as they should about STIs and STDs, and will take risks when at it with others by not using protection in the form on condoms.

For the two students Jacob Clark and Brianna Rader, this was a big problem. They knew that something needed to be done about it, and so at the University of Tennessee in 2013 they decided to start a little thing called Sex Week.

The university was actually one of the first 10 in the United States to host a Sex Week, with the aim of “expanding knowledge and conversations about sex”.

Each year, the week-long event allows students to learn more about sex, sexuality, sexual orientation, relationships, gender, and sexual health. It is a hugely important topic for them to address, especially with the amount of students still in the dark about sex.

Backlash

However, not everyone was happy with the introduction of this event. Instead of seeing it for what it is, which is highly educational, they saw it as inappropriate and began to demand that the university pull its funding from the event.

Local politicians opposed the event and the national media got their hands on it, which only drew more support from others wanting to see the controversial sex week gone for good.

Lawmakers in Tennessee decided to pass a resolution that condemned the week. They said that it was “an outrageous misuse of student fees and grant monies”. They also passed a second resolution which allowed any students who found the week to be “controversial or objectionable” to opt out.

After a long wait, where the organisers thought they were free, the university decided to pull funding. Not only was that a bit of a dick move, but they even waited until just a few weeks before the event started!

Fighting back with crowdfunding

Honestly, when this happened in 2014 it seemed like the event was over. They had none of the $11,145 of funding that the university had promised to them, and everyone seemed to be against them.

Yet they knew that this week was an essential part of their university’s education, giving their fellow students the chance to ask their questions about sex without feeling as though they were ridiculed.

Through the power of the internet, the organisers began to spread their story. Students and families began to donate to the cause, and they set up a crowdsourcing page to collect their donations together.

They managed to raise the correct funds they needed to run the event, meaning that the university’s pulling of funding and all of the objections were effectively ignored… and rightly so!

A good cause

The University of Tennessee’s Sex Week is a hugely important event, as well as a good cause for others to donate to. Their mission statement says that “Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee strives to foster a comprehensive and academically-informed conversation about sex, sexuality, and relationships”.

The Sex Week UT website goes on to explain that the event “is all about creating a safe space for everyone, regardless of personal beliefs, values, or sexual orientation. Issues surrounding sex, relationships, and gender are relevant to everyone, whether you’re having sex now, later, or not at all.”

So sexyIt might sound like a very standard educational event, and while this year they have discussions about STIs, religion and sexuality, and also personal grooming, there are also some creative events going on, such as poetry slams and drag shows.

Best of all? The events going on throughout the week are both free to attend and also open to the public. Win/win!

Student sex

What was student life like for you? Was it filled with sex, midnight booty calls, and booze, or did you put your head down and study?

You can share your student stories with us by visiting the Escort Norway forums, or by leaving a comment in the box below.

How do you think you would have felt about a sex week at university? Would you have gone to the events, or would you have just carried on as usual?

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Lara Mills is a writer who has four years of sex industry expertise behind her. Since she entered the adult industry, she has worked on the Escort Advertising forums, before moving into her current role three years ago.

Since then she has gained a fine reputation with her blogs on sex advice, sexual health and amusing news stories from around the globe. She is also a campaigner for the rights of sex workers from all over the world.

In her spare time, Lara keeps herself active by going running, and is something of a film buff. She also loves to go travelling.
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