Sex Week to be most provocative yet

The sixth annual Northwestern University Sex Week offers risque lineup

April 03, 2012|By Taylor Ervin, RedEye

Northwestern University's college feminists are set to launch their sixth-annual Sex Week on Monday, April 9.  The annual week-long event is aimed at sparking conversations about sex and sexuality among students.

This year's line-up features a diverse set of speakers and performers including a panel on sex in Hip-Hop called "Wait Till You See My D!ck" and a slam poetry open-mic night.

"Conversations like the ones we'll be having during Sex Week open the door for greater understanding and acceptance and by presenting these really important topics in a smart, sensitive, and entertaining way, we hope to reach our campus community and beyond," said Sex Week co-chair Amanda Mather in a news release April 3. "Sex Week has a unique ability to host this dialogue, as a religiously and politically unaffiliated group. We aren't afraid to present something contentious and we always seek to provide relevant, and engaging content with something that appeals to everyone."

According to a statement released by Sex Week organizers, this year Sex Week will offer "its most provocative set of events yet." Sex Week co-chair Kelsey Sheridan hopes that more controversial events that address the LGBT community and other marginalized groups like feminism and submission in BDSM culture will help create a more inclusive discussion of sexuality.

"[BDSM] is something that even within this really liberal, progressive, sex positive community can sometimes be ignored," Sheridan said.

The Sex Week committee actively sought to create a more controversial set of programs as a way to address the now infamous "f*** saw" incident that occurred last winter in Professor Michael Bailey's human sexuality class.

Bailey will also participate in Sex Week delivering a presentation on his homosexuality research.

All sex week activities are free and open to the public. The full calendar of events is listed below.

Monday, April 9
4 to 6 p.m., Searle 3-220
Getting Bi: Bisexuality Workshop with Laura Stuart and Doris Dirks
Co-sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center
*Registration required

7 to 8 p.m., University 121
Sex Sells: Sex and Sexuality in Advertising with C. Riley Snorton and Mohanbir Sawhney

8 to 9 p.m., Annenburg G02
How to Hate Women and Have Bad Sex: Trolling the Men's Right Movement
Co-sponsored by Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault (MARS)

Tuesday, April 10
noon to 3 p.m., Northwestern Room
Sexpo: Sexual Health Fair
Co-sponsored by Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators (SHAPE)

5 to 6 p.m., Harris L07
Draw All the Things!: Contemporary Gender Issues in Comics with Anne Moore

7 to 8 p.m., Harris 107
Co-Sponsored by The Women's Center and SHAPE

8 to 9 p.m., Harris L07
Wait Till You See My D!ck
A Panel on Hip Hop, Gender and Sexuality

Wednesday, April 11
6 to 7 p.m., Norris Louis Room North (205A)
Sexy Swing Dance Lessons with BLAST
Co-sponsored By BLAST

7 to 8 p.m., University 121
Baby, I Was Born This Way?: Sexual Orientation Lecture with Dr. Bailey

8:30-9:30 p.m., Dittmar Gallery, Norris
Slam, Bam, Thank You Ma'am: Sexy Open Mic Night
Co-sponsored by Slam Society

Thursday, April 12
5 to 6 p.m., Kresge 4425
Feminism and Female Submission in BDSM: A Presentation by the Pleasure Chest

7 to 8 p.m., Swift 107
Sex Tapes, Purity Rings and Drive-Thru Weddings: A Night with BITCH Magazine
Co-sponsored by SHAPE and Her Campus

8:30 to 9 p.m., Location TBD
Sexy Bachata Lessons with BLAST
Co-sponsored by BLAST

Friday, April 13
Noon to 1 p.m., University Christian Ministry
Hooking Up with God: Pressure and Sexual Decision Making with Rev. Julie Windsor Mitchell
Lunch provided by UCM

3 to 4 p.m., Searle Health Center
Sex after Sexual Assault: Workshop with Eva Ball

Saturday, April 14
Not That Kind of Film Fest: Documentary screenings
Co-Sponsored by SHAPE

2 to 3:30 p.m., Swift 107
"Paris Is Burning" Documentary Screening

4 to 6 p.m., Swift 107
"The Scarlet Road" Screening and Discussion on Sex and the Disabled
with sexuality educator Kelly Connell

6 to 7 p.m., Swift 107
Sex Positive: Documentary Screening

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