Great Sex: Are You Coming?

Posted: November 11, 2013

SCORE, Vita Nova Lecture Hall, Sallie Tiernan Field House
November 18-20, 2013

Great Sex: Are You Coming? is a three part series on sexual health focused on consent and sex positivity, orgasm and masturbation education, and difficulties students may have that could prevent a healthy and positive sexual experience. We will emphasize the importance of consent, education, and sex positivity to promote dialogue about sexual health across the Scripps College campus.

The role of residential advisors in the Scripps community is to build a safe space among the residential community in an inclusive and positive way. Not only are the topics addressed in this series applicable to college life, these conversations can continue outside the walls of Scripps.

#Defined Lines

#Defined Lines brings feminist therapist Tiombe Preston ’95 back to campus to workshop the problematic cultural implications of blurred lines and consent. This session is dedicated to defining consent, having a conversation about what sex positivity looks like, and the importance of partner communication. In an earlier training with the resident advisors, Preston spoke of the “opt out” culture most college students have; this culture is based on the need to “opt in” to say no, rather than the expectation being no from the beginning. This is extremely important because this can be a reality for students at the 5Cs and there is a need for consent to be defined and for sex positivity to be promoted.

A Discourse on Intercourse

Before one can engage in a healthy sexual relationship with others, it is important to know one’s own sexual self and limitations. RAs Elaine Chan and Rose Cooper Finger partner with the Scripps Advocates of Survivors of Sexual Assault to create A Discourse on Intercourse, an event tackling the mental and physical barriers preventing positive and healthy sexual experiences and ways to work with them, and the lack of a discourse by Scripps students on sex, an experience that a significant portion of the student body partake in during college.

Elaine and Rose want this event to be accessible to students with and without sexual disorders, sex pain disorders, or trauma related pasts. Getting down to the basics will put everyone on the same plane.The event will be preceded by a trigger warning, given by Scripps Advocates. The event will comprise an icebreaker in which students decorate the walls of the discussion space with statements regarding what  they feel makes them sexy.

The RAs and representatives from Advocates will lead a discussion on what students think sex “looks like” – with the goal to agree there isn’t one way to have sex. The presenter (either a feminist therapist, sex educator, or informed gynecologist) will give a small presentation discussing physical and emotional difficulties with sex and what can cause them, and will answer medically-related questions (sourced from question envelopes placed on RAs’ doors). Students will be given small mirrors with diagrams of the vaginal area at the culmination of the event, to better get to know themselves and their vaginal area. Funding will be used to bring in an informed, approachable, and compassionate speaker, and to purchase small mirrors to pass out to students at the event.

The Orgasm Talk: Are You Coming?

The third series event is, The Orgasm Talk: Are You Coming? bringing Scripps students together for a two hour workshop and Q&A session hosted by an experienced Sex Educator/Workshop Leader from The Pleasure Chest Los Angeles. Topics covered include the orgasm, how to achieve orgasm, masturbation, and sexual health.

About The Pleasure Chest: Since 1971, The Pleasure Chest has pioneered a sex positive culture, with an emphasis on education, enjoyment and inclusivity. The Pleasure Chest celebrates sexuality and the infinite forms of its expression through a simple belief that no question is too silly, no fantasy too wild, no desire too crazy and no instinct wrong. The Pleasure Chest’s objectives are simple: to facilitate discovery and to encourage exploration.

The audience for this series is Scripps students. Through residential life, we hope to promote the event not only in our residence halls, but through other student groups and departments on campus. We hope to submit small sheets for students to ask anonymous questions through their mailboxes, with flyers across Scripps, and through online means. Elaine Chan, Rose Cooper-Finger, May Kim, Kiley Lawrence, Maddie Ripley, Laiseng Saechao, and Victoria Verlezza of the Scripps College Residential Life program are hosting the series in collaboration with It Ends Here, Scripps Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault, and Choice USA.

Scripps College is committed to the principle that living and learning are not only compatible, they are inseparable. As an academic, residential community, Scripps students are expected to develop academically, socially, and culturally. This process involves the exchange of ideas as well as working together to maintain the balance of community living and personal needs. The College believes it is important for students to deal with situations by relating to others maturely and responsibly, and provides opportunities to develop a sense of community by participating in the enforcement of rules and guidelines that are appropriate and beneficial for all residents.

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