It’s Friday/Valentine’s Day! You know what that means? Time to get that sweet sweet consensual lovin’ on! (Though let’s be fair, it should always be that time). We wanted to take this time to remind everyone about access to protection on campus, so we asked Willa Beckman ’15, who works for WesWell, a few questions:
Students can get condoms for free on campus?? What’s the deal with that?
Yes! Students can get SO MANY CONDOMS FOR FREE ON CAMPUS. We have a whole wall of condoms in the WesWell office at Davison Health Center. Come by and grab some! Also, if you work for reslife, you should come pick up one of our pre-made goodie bags to keep your residents protected all the time!
Tristan Taormino ’93 lecturing on her college book tour. All images c/o Taormino.
The editors of The Village Voice wanted someone to write about sex. Dan Savage’s weekly advice column “Savage Love” was gaining popularity and had outgrown its place in the back of the paper, alongside 900 numbers and ads for escorts. Sex needed a new section.
They convened a meeting. The late Don Forst, editor-in-chief at the time, asked if anyone had a writer in mind. One editor suggested the “Adventure Girl” columnist from the lesbian feminist publication On Our Backs. Was that the same woman who wrote that book on anal sex, another editor asked. A third wanted to know if she used to run her own ‘zine.
All three had in mind the same person: Tristan Taormino ’93, author, feminist pornographer, and now, sex columnist. They brought her into the Village Voice offices.
“They said they had one concern: Is there really that much to write about sex? Can you keep that going for a while?” Taormino said. “And of course, I kept it going for almost a decade.
“My answer then, and proves to be, yes.”
As Taormino has shaped her career, her brand of feminism has promoted realistic views of sex and sexuality by keeping politics and ethics at the forefront of her work. She had to carve her own path, but in doing so, she paved the way for dynamic change.
Tomorrow (Thursday) from 7 – 9 PM in Bennett (long live Fauver) Lounge, Rosy Capron ’14 and Brendan O’Donnell ’14 will be facilitating the final Privilege and Policy at Wesleyan discussions. The topic this week will be sex, gender, and relationships at Wesleyan.
Things that might come up include male-female ratios of faculty and students in different departments, treatment of male vs. female sports teams, gendered spaces (bathrooms, program houses, Greeks) on campus, the queer community, the privileging of males over females in admissions, services provided (or not provided, or costs not covered) at the Health Center for trans* students, treatment of queer students by faculty, staff, and students, sexual assault, and anything else you would like to discuss.
Please join us this evening for the discussion!
Date: Thursday Nov 7
Time: 7PM to 9PM
Bennett Freshman Fauver Lounge
A lovely invitation from Natalie Sacks ’14:
Interested in what an English thesis might look like? How about creative nonfiction, classical music or sex? This Tuesday, Julia Conrad ’14 will be giving a talk on her thesis topic, “Sex and the Symphony.” Come listen to how she chose the topic, what research she has done so far, and whatever else you have questions about. Whether you’re considering writing a thesis yourself or just a fan of the topic, we’d love to have you.
This event is part of the English Major Talk Series sponsored by the Majors’ Committee, so stay tuned next semester for more thesis talks!
Date: November 5, 2013
Time: 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Place: Downey House Room 113
Love your peers? Love health? Love advocacy?
If you said yes to these questions, then you’d be one heck of a Peer Health Advocate (PHA)!
Join the awesome WesWell team that brings SexQuest, WeSheep, puppies, the Mindfulness Carnival, oh Megan! and world class health education to Wes.
Apply to be a PHA HERE by noon on Fri. Sept. 27!
Drop a line to weswell(at)wesleyan(dot)edu if you have any questions.
Miriam Olenick ’13 writes in about the campus publication most likely to elicit amusing reactions from your parents this weekend (yes, that’s the cover pictured above):
Unlocked, Wesleyan’s art and sexuality magazine, is HAWT off the press and ready for purchase. Copies are $5 a piece, but if you can show me where your work/sexy modeling is you get a free copy!
Sam Maldonado ’13, Stefan Skripak ’13, and I will be selling copies from our respective homes until we get kicked out of this place on Monday. If you’re not here for senior week, Unlocked will be selling again at the beginning of next semester. We’re sorry for the delayed gratification — we had a bit of a struggle with our printers.
For now, contact me at (917) 371 8501, Sam at (413) 328 5406, or Stefan at (215) 527-9002 and we’ll figure out a time/place to get you a copy.
Contact: Sam Maldonado ’13, Stefan Skripak ’13, or Miriam Olenick ’13
Cost: $5 an issue
Spring is definitely in the air and as the end of the semester draws near, some sweet summer lovin’ is in sight! With so many orgasms on the horizon, let’s take a look back through the sexual histories of a few brave Wes students by asking just two simple questions: What is the story of the first time you came? And what is the story of the most recent time you came?
Here, we recount the first and last orgasms of some sexy Wesleyan sharers. All names have been changed to aliases chosen by the interviewee for the sake of privacy.
Coming at you from the world’s sexiest peer health educator, Jeanne McPhee ’13:
The annual quest for sexual health knowledge and prizes comes at you tomorrow at lunch in Usdan.
Race a buddy in a condom race, learn how to guard yourself from stalkers, and take photos using sexy consent phrases. Along the way, collect prizes and give-a-ways from each of the tables scattered around Usdan. If you visit all of the stations, you will be entered into a drawing to win a high end sex toy like this
, or this!
Come join us, you sexy folk you.
Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Place: Usdan Tables
For more on condom usage at Wesleyan, read this.
This is a school where people are down to talk about sex. We’re more than eager to share stories of last night’s sexcapades with our friends. We advocate for consent and take a stand against sexual violence. We’re open to going to lectures, taking classes, and engaging in discussions about sex. So at a school where everyone is so gung-ho about sex, why do people still seem to be confused about condoms (this is not how it’s done)?
Of course, there are many ways to have safe, consensual, positive sexual experiences as well as tons of different forms of birth control. But if you are using condoms, you may relate to some of these struggles. From the humorous to the disturbing, here are some of the best and worst anecdotes and experiences we’ve heard lately about the plight of the condom. Who knew a thin layer of latex could be so controversial and amusing?
You might hear the terms “sex” and “gender” tossed around quite a bit at Wesleyan— but why exactly do these continue to be such pressing issues in our country’s public sphere? Alanna Greco ’13 invites you to, perhaps, find out why, as the 26th annual Diane Weiss memorial explores this topic :
The Diane Weiss ’80 Memorial Lecture is an annual FGSS lecture that
the family of one of the first Women’s Studies majors at Wesleyan
endowed in her memory. This year, “Sex, Gender and Public Life”
explores both why sex and gender remain such persistent issues in the
U.S. public sphere, and also why they remain persistently separated
from issues of government and economics in that same public
Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Pac 001