Students brainstorm for this year’s Sex Positive week
Those are some of the events that the 20 students crammed onto the plush couches in the Women’s Center suggested when they met Tuesday night to begin planning this year’s Sex Positive Week.
The week is based around the idea that sex, in whatever context—heterosexual, homosexual, BDSM, or strictly within marriage—is nothing to be ashamed of. (And it was a very sex positive group—although Vox identified herself as a reporter and therefore not a meeting participant, she was still encouraged to take part in the introduction game, by naming the food she finds most sensual.) It will be the second time that Georgetown plays host to Sex Positive events, and judging by Tuesday night, the week may turn out to be as outre as last year’s.
Agreeing that they want to focus on “empowerment, education, and positive body image,” the students decided that they want to hold diverse events—some tame and communal, like an open mike night and student-centric discussions, and some more aggressive events, like a potential “guerilla theater”-style event in Red Square, in which women would act as female statues demonstrating “how lesbians have sex.”
“I’m so down for that,” one student said.
A student later cautioned against planning events that were too far out of the ordinary in order to give the week a broader campus appeal.
“I would really like to see this week reach out past communities like the queer community and women’s community and maybe toning it down or having a good balance of themes, just so it’s more mainstream,” he said.
The idea wasn’t overly popular among the other students. One girl said that because for a lot of people, “there’s no space to think about sexuality however we want, it feels damn good to have a chance to be aggressive. I am really anti-‘balance’ and watering it down.”
Others agreed that while some events could be aggressive—the word ‘bullhorn’ was used in a sentence with ‘Red Square’—not all events warranted an in-your-face approach.
Sex Positive Week was given the very tentative dates of February 22 – 26. That leaves a lot of time for students to book the performance duo known as “Female Orgasm,” organize a forum on asexuality, and invite a group to help organize another sex toy party. But Olivia Chitayat (COL ’10), the defacto moderator of Tuesday night’s meeting, reminded the other students that their proposals will have to go before SAC.
Last year, Georgetown’s first Sex Positive Week drew a lot of attention because some of its events were school-funded. Racier events and advertising material, like the off-campus sex toy party, weren’t funded by Student Activity Commission money, but others, like the zine featuring sex poetry and images, were. Other events last year included speakers on open marriages, BDSM, and sexual freedom, and a pornographic director who spoke on non-monogamous relationships.
In fact, among the students in the Leavey Center on Tuesday night was David Gregory (COL ’10), the editor-in-chief of the conservative Georgetown Academy and one of the biggest critics Sex Positive Week had last year.
“I feel like the elephant in the room,” he said.
Gregory encouraged the other students to try to induce more conservative or religious students to attend this year’s events.
“So you can talk about how gay sex is wrong?” one student said.
Gregory continued, “My sense was you guys didn’t draw a lot of ‘me’ to the events out of a genuine sense of learning and dialogue last year.”