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The University of Illinois-Chicago student facing jail time for acting out 50 Shades of Grey scenes on a sex partner isn’t an outlier at the school.

The College Fix found campus-sponsored activities over the years that celebrate BDSM activities and encourage students to participate in weird sex games.

Freshman Mohammad Hossain was charged with “sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female student,” according to the Chicago Tribune. On Monday, Judge Adam Bourgeois released Hossain on $500,000 bail.

“He would say that it was consensual,” public defender Sandra Bennewitz argued in court, referring to Hossain’s sexual activities with the unidentified woman, a previous “intimate” partner.

The alleged assault involved tying up the woman, striking her with a belt and punching her several times, according to the Daily Mail. Hossain told police they were “re-enacting scenes from 50 Shades of Grey.”

Unlike the oft-heard campus rape narrative of a victim who is inebriated during sex and only much later reports it as rape to campus authorities, Hossain’s partner told him to stop “and began shaking her head and crying,” Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Karr told the court, the Tribune said.

When she struggled to free her arms, Hossain held her arms behind her back even as she pleaded for him to stop, and he held the door shut when his roommate interrupted their encounter, Karr said. The woman called police after telling another person what happened, she added.

Media reports of the court appearance suggest that Hossain and his partner did not decide on a “safe word” to use during their encounter, a standard recommendation for BDSM activities.

Condom education encourages the most reckless way to put it on

While the alleged assault occurred in Hossain’s dorm, he is hardly the first member of the UIC community to try his hand at BDSM.

For example, the school hosted a 1998lesbian health conference” that included a presentation on “Leather/BDSM in the Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Women’s Community.”

A sociology Ph.D. student at the university gave a 2012 presentation in her department entitled “Beyond Whips and Chains” about BDSM.

And every year, the university’s Wellness Center and Center for Research on Women and Gender host a “Safer Sex Fest.”

The first festival in 2010 included some bizarre games, according to The Argus, an independent campus newspaper.

One game included a female trying to pop a balloon on a male student’s lap “using different sexual positions” in order to “condition participants to use a condom,” which one observer said didn’t make sense, The Argus said.

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Another game, a “condom relay race” intended to teach students how to properly put on and remove condoms, featured some students ripping open the condom packages with their teeth or ignoring their expiration dates in their haste to win the race, students told The Argus.

Festivals in following years featured the same farcical games.

Neither the Wellness Center nor Center for Research on Women and Gender responded to Fix requests for comment, and the UIC administration did not return requests for comment.

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Hossain is a graduate of Amundsen High School, a local public school in Chicago. His LinkedIn profile lists him as a camp counselor, who led a “Summer Youth Education Program.”

He has no problem being half-naked in front of strangers, posting multiple pictures of himself on Instagram going back to high school.

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If Hossain wants to be freed from the chains of puritanical sex rules, he might think of transferring to University of Chicago.

The school serves as “parent organization” to a BDSM club known as “Risk-Aware Consensual Kink,” which received student government funds to pay for “trial memberships” in a dungeon-themed BDSM club, as reported by The Fix.

It also hosts an annual sex week: Last year’s included presentations on flogging and electrocution. This year’s sex week will also involve a “Bondage 101” class, though it unexpectedly features InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on a panel on “Christianity and sex.”

The University of Chicago defines sexual abusers as those who have “a strong belief in extreme gender roles” and are “jealous and possessive.”

College Fix reporter Matt Lamb is a student at Loyola University-Chicago.

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Porn stars in college used to try to keep their profile low. Remember the kid from Grove City College?

That changed with the emergence of the Duke porn star Belle Knox and her newer sorority sister in smut, East Carolina University’s Carter Cruise, as The College Fix has documented.

We may be getting a preview of the next college porn star, courtesy of a glowing profile in The Eagle at American University – “Gwen” the sophomore and girl next door:

[O]n any given night she might also be suspended from metal hooks attached to a pendulum of thick ropes, arms behind her back, not very clothed and taking orders from a top, or dominant partner, in a dungeon. The Crucible in NoMa, Maryland served as D.C.’s primary dungeon for local kinksters, including Gwen.

Gwen is an up-and-coming bottom, or submissive partner, in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia’s BDSM community. Her involvement in the scene started after she joined a social networking site for kinksters. Later, her friend invited her to The Crucible.

It’s taken Gwen only two months to get invited to a DMV fetish ball and Philly kink convention.

The story lays out how normal BDSM is (it’s only half sexual) and how “much older” kinksters want to “play” with Gwen, not because she’s barely legal but because of her “attitude”:

“One of the most common things I’ve gotten is people really want to play with me because, apparently, I have this energy that is super positive and open and whether you are believer of energy or play or not, it’s a factor,” Gwen said. “It’s an amazing thing to feel and to be the recipient and the cause of.”

She speaks of getting into BDSM play the way you’d talk about a professional mentor:

Gwen’s attitude has led to her rise in the local scene. Well-known people in the BDSM community have wanted to play with the AU sophomore since her introduction, and her first partner turned out to be well-connected.

“I’ve been very blessed to have been brought into it at such a level,” Gwen said. “I’ve just been very lucky and very thankful for that and [it has] opened a lot of doors for me.”

She’s gotten nothing but affirmation from people who enjoy tying her up, burning her and “suctioning [her] skin until it swells and reddens.” The Eagle even includes photos of Gwen in her ropes.

Except for her use of an alias – showing there’s some shame left in the ivory tower – Gwen’s story sounds a lot like Carter Cruise’s.

The former East Carolina sorority girl has spoken of her love of hazing, her inability to turn down a sex dare (“I never want to be a pussy”), and her testing of the smut waters, from rough sex with her boyfriend to “erotic photography” to extreme porn to submitting to a sexual assault in a public restroom because why the hell not.

Gwen also has her supportive community of geriatric perverts and she’s only had one bad experience – she ignored her screener’s advice to avoid an “extreme, hard top” (dominant partner) at the annual Fetish Ball. So she’s still optimistic about this fun new world. What could go wrong?

Perhaps it will stay fun and she won’t get burned (metaphorically) as long as she keeps her privacy and can resist the money that flows if you perform for the camera.

And if not, Gwen will make a name for herself and America will have to adjust to another contradiction – the college campus that celebrates both violent sex and the expulsion of men if their sex partners are silent.

h/t College Media Matters

Greg Piper is an assistant editor at The College Fix. (@GregPiper)

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Some University of Chicago students may need to add whips, collars and handcuffs to their back-to-school shopping list.

That’s because the elite private college’s Risk-Awareness Consensual Kink student club, affectionately known around campus as RACK, has plans to take field trips to the local kinky sex club.

The visits are eyed for Galleria Domain 2, the windy city’s “place to explore and satisfy your fetish, kink, leather, and BDSM fantasies,” complete with “three rooms of unique, high quality BDSM furniture, two social areas, and a library,” the club’s website states.

Well, at least it has a library, although I’m not sure how much reading goes on in there.

On May 6, the University of Chicago’s Student Government Finance Committee voted 5-0 to approve $300 to help fund trial memberships for students to the club, described at the meeting as “Chicago’s biggest dungeon.”

It was billed as an “opportunity to connect/engage with the broader Chicago kink community … (and) to engage in BDSM activities that are not suitable/appropriate for spaces that students have access to (i.e., in shared apartments or shared rooms),” according to the meeting’s minutes posted online.

They may have a point. Flogging and electrocution might not play so well in the Max Palevsky Residential Commons.

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The trial memberships were slated to launch this month, according to emails obtained by The College Fix by a student member of RACK who declined to be identified further.

“Hey kinksters/interested folks! If you’re on this email, you’ve expressed some kind of interest in getting a trial membership to the dungeon GD2, paid for (at least partially) by the university!” a May 16 email from a RACK leader stated.

On Friday, July 25, an email update to the BDSMically inclined read:

Alright, the first day for the first group is approaching! If you want to be part of the first group going, from August 1st to the 22nd … Before next Thursday … go here and fill out the “trial membership” form! Use the code “rack” to apply the discount, for a total of $10.

Asked by The College Fix about the safety and appropriateness of the plans, a University of Chicago spokesman provided the following statement Tuesday, declining to elaborate further:

“This student group has not taken its proposed group outing or spent any of the funds that the Student Government Finance Committee considered for this purpose.

The Office of Campus and Student Life is still reviewing the proposal and working with members of the student group.

The University of Chicago is committed to student health and safety and to that end is continually looking at effective ways to support student organizations and activities.”

Is it a stretch to presume that after administrators became more fully aware of this little plan, thanks to a media inquiry, they saw red flags? Perhaps not. Will they allow these trips to unfold? Remains to be seen.

But the reality is these students are legal adults on a campus no stranger to (cough) tough love.

In February, the campus hosted a “Taste of Kink” workshop as part of its annual Sex Week activities that allowed students to explore “the exchanges and sensations that can be generated by floggers, rope, electricity and more,” the agenda stated.

The University of Chicago is not alone in its student sexual exploration. Harvard University has a club called MUNCH that caters to students who like “alternative sexuality and kink.” So does Columbia University. The University of Michigan recently hosted a BDSM tutorial.

In years past at Yale’s Sex Weeks, they have included everything from sadomasochistic porn screenings to sex toy demonstrations to live nudity in the classroom.

(RELATED: The College Fix’s list of smutty things funded by student fees)

As for these colleges’ Bondage, Dominance, Sadism and Masochism events, they unfold against the backdrop of “50 Shades of Grey,” the soft-porn book sensation (and pending Hollywood hit) that helped normalize painful sex.

If behavior modification is the goal, there’s a captive audience at universities (pardon the pun).

Jennifer Kabbany is editor of The College Fix. ( Follow Jenn on Twitter: @JenniferKabbany )

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The taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood is corrupting America’s young people, and one nonprofit is dedicated to exposing just how insidious and outlandish their “sex ed” has become.

The Daily Caller reports:

Planned Parenthood sex counselors happily promote BDSM and other violent sexual practices to minors, according to an upcoming Live Action investigation.

Live Action sent actresses with hidden cameras to clinics in states across the country posing as girls under 18 to ask counselors for sex advice.

In the soon-to-be released series of videos, Live Action documented counselors encouraging girls as young as fifteen to use whips, handcuffs, gags, bondage, dominatrix-play and even asphyxiation — deprivation of oxygen — during sex. The age of consent in the United States is 16 or older, depending on the state.

The trailer also shows counselors advising these girls that pain and injury during sex is acceptable and normal.

If this is what the trailer shows, it’s scary to think what the next series of videos will reveal. This is the second time a Live Action undercover investigation has revealed shocking truths about Planned Parenthood.

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OPINION: Lifestyle education is the goal

Since its debut at Yale in 2002, the college “sex week” has quickly grown into a national phenomenon. Each year, dozens of college campuses around the country devote a week or more to sex-themed events.

However, the academic purpose of these often-salacious workshops remains a constant source of controversy.

For example, the University of Chicago justified its recent sex week in an email to The College Fix with this: “The Office of the Reynolds Club and Student Activities offers students at the University of Chicago the freedom to develop their interests and pursue personal growth in a wide variety of ways.”

Judging from the schedule of events, the University of Chicago believes “personal growth” can occur through being flogged and electrocuted and learning how to “talk dirty.” Oh, and it’s also totally okay if your interests include pornography that degrades women.

Stephanie Grach, a UChicago sex week student director, said in an email to The College Fix that she hopes to create “events that people of all different interests and comfort levels can feel good attending.”

However, the extreme nature of the sexual material schools such as the University of Chicago put in front of students raises the question: Are these events really just meant to provide a forum for discussion, or are they actually designed to shape student behavior?

On the surface, the stated purpose of most college sex weeks is to foster a conversation about sex on campus, to address the diversity of opinions and approaches toward it.

Says Grach: “Sex Week at UChicago is the forum – and the events and content are shaped by the members of the community.”

But these events aren’t merely forums for discussion—they actually work to form the identities and sexual behaviors of students. The events blatantly invite students to experiment and reformulate themselves.

A University of Chicago workshop was dubbed “Taste of Kink” and explored “the exchanges and sensations that can be generated by floggers, rope, electricity and more.”

An event held at the University of Michigan on Wednesday night taught students how to be kinky and engage in Bondage, Dominance, Sadism and Masochism.

“Thinking of getting acquainted with kink, or curious about BDSM?” states a description of the event on the university’s website. “Start here to learn about safety, communication, and other tips. Participants will learn about basic BDSM concepts and how to safely and respectfully navigate new experiences.”

Workshops slated for the University of Tennessee’s upcoming Sex Week includes a panel called “We Can’t Stop: Orgasms & Masturbation,” which is expected to give tips students on how to masturbate, and another panel called “The Ethics and Politics of Producing Pleasure” will put a positive spin in pornography, arguing it can be ethical, good and empowering for feminists.

At the University of Pennsylvania’s inaugural sex week last year, lectures and activities included “The Ins and Outs of Masturbation,” “The Sexual Wheel of Pleasure,” and “Kinky Smorgasbord.” Students who participated were given tips on using sex toys, writing sex scenes, and were also introduced to crowd-sourced amateur pornography.

“This kind of nonsense is … harmful in the psychological sense,” political commentator Peter Roff says in U.S. News & World Report. “The facilitators of such events know full well the influence they have on developing minds, creating the impression that the abnormal is, in fact, right in the middle of the bell curve. ‘Lifestyle education’ is the goal.”

Not all sex week events are so salacious or controversial. Aside from events designed to push the boundaries of identity and behavior, universities often include forums on sexual health, relationship and dating advice, and disease prevention.

This year, the University of Minnesota hosted a “Safer Sex Week.” Students who attended three or more events received a prize of “25 assorted specialty condoms.”

John Mulcahy, a leader of “Safer Sex Week,” says that “college is a time where many people begin to experiment with their sexuality, so a major motivating factor for me is being able to provide people with the supplies and information they need to protect themselves and others.”

Perhaps the most unique sex week event of all is at Cornell University. A new student club for “asexuals” and is participating in the university’s sex week for the first time ever.

Erin Casey, one of the group’s founders, says that “while I’ve never participated in Sex Week before, I think it does expose a diversity regarding sexual orientations and preferences. Our group is committed to initiating those conversations and fostering an understanding of asexuality in the greater Cornell community.”

As colleges continue to use sex weeks to foster a sex-obsessed, need-to-experiment culture among students, a little “asexuality” may be just the kind of balance our campuses need.

College Fix contributor Kristabel Stark is a student at Westmont College.

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An event held at the University of Michigan on Wednesday night taught students how to be kinky and engage in Bondage, Dominance, Sadism and Masochism.

“Thinking of getting acquainted with kink, or curious about BDSM?” states a description of the event on the university’s website. “Start here to learn about safety, communication, and other tips. Participants will learn about basic BDSM concepts and how to safely and respectfully navigate new experiences.”

The event, titled “Kink For Beginners,” is part of the public university’s “Sexpertise” three-day observance, which aims to teach students about sexual health, organizers say.

Fifty-eight students signed up for the BDSM workshop, according to the university’s website.

In addition to the kink workshop, Sexpertise events held Wednesday night also included “Finding Pleasure” and “Sexy Supplies!”

The supplies workshop was led by the owner of a local adult-pleasure shop called Ann Arbor’s S3 Safe Sex Store and was described online as a way for students to explore their pleasure and sexual health and learn how to use sex toys.

Click here to read the university’s full list of Sexpertise events, which also included educational lectures and discussions about the LGBTQ community.

All events were free, open to the public, and led by “researchers, inspiring community members and talented U-M peer educators,” the University of Michigan’s website states.

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