As promised, David Gregory’s original response to Sex Positive Week
I know a number of us have been preoccupied by the outrageous debacle regarding Our Lady of Fatima, but another matter must be brought to our attention.
Subtly painted on opposite ends of Gaston Hall just below the ceiling are two words: “Wisdom” and “Virtue”; as we are all aware, the idea as that students who gathered in Gaston for convocation at the end of their Georgetown careers would have gained in wisdom and virtue. A lofty goal, yes, but one to which Georgetown remains faithful. On occassion, this ideal is violated, and once again we find ourselves in the midst of such an occurrence.
I was not really aware what “Sex Positive Week” (sponsored by GU Pride, United Feminists, and Georgetown Solidarity Committee) was all about until flyers began to pop up across campus over the past couple of days. …
The rest, after the jump.
Monday’s event, “Sex Positive…What’s That?” brought in speakers from two non-profit organizations, one of which (Black Rose) “is a not-for-profit organization which provides a forum for the many different expressions of power in love and play. This can include dominance & submission, bondage & discipline, fetishism, cross-dressing, to name a few.” The other organization, the Woodhull Foundation, is a non-profit dedicated to protecting the power and freedom of sexual expression. They “oppose abstinence-only sex ‘education’ and endorse an age-appropriate, comprehensive approach to sex education” and “seek to protect and foster scientific research on sexuality.”
Tuesday’s event, “Torn About Porn,” is about discovering pornography that is not objectifying and degrading, but “rather radical and empowering”. Enough said.
Wednesday’s event, about celibacy and virginity, discusses the “illumination of other healthy and equally satisfying sexual preferences that don’t necessarily adhere to the generic understanding of sexual intercourse by all of society”. I suspect all this rather tame language veils an attitude which lies directly in opposition to Georgetown’s fundamental identity and mission.
Finally, perhaps most outrageous, is Saturday’s event, “Relationships Beyond Monogamy,” which advocates the exploration of sexual activitiy outside of committed relationships. This is a perversion of everything the Catholic Church teaches on human sexuality, twisting the end of human love and sexuality into something horrendous and thoroughly destructive.
My main point is this: Is all this really conducive to forming us as good human beings, people who will be ready to engage the world and our fellow man with respect and genuine love? Is Georgetown honestly living up to its mission when it supports events such as this? Is Georgetown creating more virtuous individuals? The answer, as the tradition of the Church teaches, is very clearly a resounding no. In fact, all of this corrupts and distorts the end for which we are created. For those few of you who I have copied who might not agree with this claim, it does not matter whether you agree or not; what does matter is that you understand exactly what Georgetown stands for, given that it is first and foremost a Catholic University. We might as well say CatholicUniversity, treating the two terms as one, for one cannot divorce one from the other without beginning to destroy Georgetown itself.
The fact of the matter is this, quite frankly: given Georgetown’s core mission, the University in no, way, shape, or form, ought to have endorsed Sex Positive Week, and should in no way, shape, or form, continue to support similar events. Action must be taken. Complacency is completely and entirely unacceptable. Below I have also quoted an excerpt detailing the University’s stance toward things of this nature, so that those of you who are unfamiliar with the code can read up. This is honestly the single most offensive thing I have encoutered at our beloved school. As one friend put it (regarding the flyers, which read a slew of words, including “FUCK, BDSM, Butthole, Labia, Ejaculate, Cum”), “This is NOT protected under the first amendment. I have a right to walk through the halls of my school and not be assaulted by sexual imagery.”
I am not sure what any next steps might be, or what discussion we can have. But I am sure of this: something has to happen. Don’t get me wrong: I am not angry. I am, however, deeply hurt and upset that Georgetown would support anything like this. A number of students would love to meet with any or all of you to discuss this, so please let me know when and how you would like to continute this conversation.
Yours for Georgetown and the Greater Glory of God,