The Sexual Conduct Policy that makes Georgetown’s condom ban look positively progressive
Abstinence or else!
This week’s City Paper cover story focuses on our coreligionists at Catholic University and the implications of an alleged sexual assault for their extraordinarily doctrinaire sex policy. The ending focuses on an extremely disturbing case of alleged rape, but the bulk of the piece is spent detailing what exactly a sexual conduct policy for a more pious Catholic college looks like:
- Sex is technically punishable by probation or even expulsion (although, during the 2006-7 school year, the only year statistics are available, there was not a single incident of sexual misconduct on the books).
- Not only are contraceptives banned on campus (obvs), students are encouraged to go to events like a talk on “Natural Family Planning” which involved “[t]his husband-and-wife team [coming] to my dorm lobby and [telling] us all how to avoid pregnancy naturally—by going in and measuring your mucus levels.”
- Masturbation is not allowed, either (although, shockingly, they’ve had a tough time enforcing that).
- Sexual assault is included in the same category of violation as consensual premarital sex, masturbation, and the use of contraceptives.
Next time you complain about having to schlep out to CVS for condoms, keep in mind it could be so, so much worse.