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A documentary screening will portray crisis pregnancy centers’ attempts “to scare and intimidate women.” A scholar will talk on the Christian Right’s war on strip clubs. The “Satanic Mechanics” student-run Rocky Horror Picture Show cast promises “partial nudity.” “Exploring kink” and distributing condoms are also on tap.

It’s all part of the University of Maryland’s annual “Sex Week” observance, which kicked off Saturday, April 4, and runs through Friday.

Sex Week organizers state their goal is to “promote an informed community to support our fellow Terps, to provide forums for education, exploration, and empowerment, and to cultivate a campus where we take pride in safety, responsibility, and respect.”

The action-packed calendar includes no less than 26 Sex Week events in the span of seven days at the public university, activities funded through student activities fees, various university departments, and student fundraisers.

The week’s events began Saturday with a student production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, “a night filled with…partial nudity and cross dressing aliens,” according to its online description.

At today’s kickoff festivities, condoms and lubricants will be given away to students, and Rainbow Terrapin Network Training is expected to cover “the fundamentals of allyship and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer inclusion on campus.” Topics to be discussed include “social justice, vocabulary and inclusive language,” the calendar of events states. The day ends with a benefit concert for sexual violence awareness. nakedtruth

On Tuesday, faculty members are set to give “Sex in the Stacks” presentations.

One talk is called “The Naked Truth” with Dr. Judith Lynne Hanna, who will discuss her book Naked Truth: Strip Clubs, Democracy, and a Christian Right. Hanna is an affiliate research professor at the University of Maryland.

The book description states that “strip clubs have come under attack by a politically aggressive segment of the Christian Right [which] has stoked public outrage and incited local and state governments to impose onerous restrictions on the clubs with the intent of dismantling the exotic dance industry.”

According to Hanna’s work, this attack on strip clubs and exotic dance is evidence of “the activist Christian Right’s ‘grand design’ to supplant constitutional democracy in America with a Bible-based theocracy.” Her book says the “naked truth” is that “our civil liberties—free speech, women’s rights, and free enterprise—are at stake.”

And Samuel Allen, a PhD candidate at the university, will present “Deconstructing Gender in Families and Relationships.”

Later that day, the University of Maryland is slated to host two events regarding consent, one of which is called “Making Consent Sexy,” centered on “how to make active and enthusiastic consent the foundation of your sex life.” The second, “Yes And Then Some: Consent 2.0,” focuses on “negotiating conflicting desires [and] exploring kink.”

Wednesday’s schedule of events includes “Sex Games,” a discussion about sexually transmitted infections and the differences between condom brands. Among bingo UMDsexweekprizes will be “condoms, safer sex kits, [and] abstinence kits.” There will also be free STI testing on campus for several hours.

“Trivia in the Wild, Terrapin’s Turf” will be sponsored by UMD’s student-run Bedsider chapter. Bedsider is an online birth control support network operated by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

In September 2012, Bedsider hosted an event at UMD, sponsored in part by the College Park Kinklings, which discussed “the ins-and-outs of kinky relationships, from being proud of your personal kinks” and featured activities such as “sex and kink trivia, sex Pictionary, condom balloon animals, and…a condom relay.” Last October, a Bedsider intern at UMD authored an article for the group’s website about the easiest ways to obtain various types of emergency contraception.

Back to this year’s Sex Week, on Thursday UMD will screen 12th and Delaware, a film that, according to the online schedule, “provides an unbiased look at the experiences of clients at both an anti-abortion crisis pregnancy center (CPC) and a women’s health clinic that provides abortion.”

12th and Delaware was called “remarkable” by National Abortion Rights Action League in Massachusetts. According to NARAL, the documentary teaches pro-abortion activists about crisis pregnancy centers’ attempts “to scare and intimidate women out of considering all of their options when faced with an unintended pregnancy.”

The final day of events features “Being Safe While Being Broke: BDSM on a Budget,” sponsored by the College Park Kinklings, which describes itself  as a young kinksters group consisting mostly of students. The workshop is expected to include “do-it-yourself kink…‘pervertables,’ build-it-yourself toys, evaluating do-it-yourself websites, and keeping everybody safe,” the calendar states.

Also that day, “Sex and Pizza” will present “a way to make decisions about sexual activity based on equity, mutuality, shared pleasure, and satisfying outcomes.”

During the week, there will be two presentations of The Vagina Monologues, a play written by Eve Ensler. UMD states that the play seeks to “advocate for the eradication of violence against women and girls [and] empower women of all ethnicities and nationalities.” The play has come under fire for its explicit content and has been critiqued extensively both by those on the left and on the right.

Carolina Lulli, a junior at the University of Maryland, told The College Fix in an email that she does not support how the observance is slanted.

“What saddens me about Sex Week is that there is such an emphasis on the physical consequences of casual sex among young adults,” she said.

Sex Week’s staff advisor, Jenna Beckwith Messman, did not respond to The Fix’s request for comment on Friday.

Lulli noted that the most effective solutions to the “consequences” of sex are abstinence and self-control.

“You don’t want to get an STD? Don’t have sex. You don’t want to get pregnant? Don’t have sex,” she said. “I’m sure the representatives that speak at sex week briefly mention abstinence, but if these representatives spent half as much time talking about the physical, emotional, and mental benefits of abstinence, sex week could truly be effective.

“Sex Week is a popular week on this campus, and while it does tell people the truth about STD dangers and does good to foster conversation about rape and violence, I feel as though [it] glorifies the purely physical aspect of sex, perpetuating the twisted and distorted view of sex today,” Lulli continued.

At least one event will delve into the harmful side of graphic sex. Catholic Terps is set to host a “Porn Myths Exposed” panel, which is expected to detail the harms caused by pornography.

College Fix reporter Alexandra DeSanctis is a student at the University of Notre Dame.

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Update on a story we covered last month: The University of Illinois-Chicago student facing jail time for mimicking 50 Shades of Grey sexual acts with a female partner has been cleared of a rape charge.

The case didn’t get any further than a “lengthy preliminary hearing in which the alleged victim testified,” and Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas found “no probable cause,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

The unnamed accuser’s testimony is revealing, and illustrates the importance of cross-examination – an option not always available to students accused of sexual assault in campus disciplinary proceedings:

His 19-year-old accuser, a chemistry major at UIC, testified for more than 90 minutes Thursday, at times wringing her hands as she told the judge her encounter with [Mohammad] Hossain on Feb. 21 was consensual at first but that she told him to stop and began crying after he hit her hard with a belt.

“I was saying, ‘No, stop,’ shaking my head from side to side,” she said.

“He said, ‘I want to see how much you can take,'” she testified. “He said, ‘I want to see you cry.’ ”

Hossain’s lawyer and a prosecutor had finished questioning the woman when the judge had several questions of her own. Chiampas asked if the woman had said anything to Hossain when he bound her wrists or while he allegedly sexually assaulted her. She answered no to both questions.

Prosecutors haven’t ruled out bringing an indictment against Hossain, a freshman, the Tribune said.

The pair engaged in consensual bondage play until the woman “began to tell him no, to shake her head, to tell him he was hurting her,” after Hossain “struck her so hard it hurt,” in the Tribune‘s retelling. She denied they were re-enacting scenes from 50 Shades.

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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.

Fucking that Porsche. #stupid #futurecar #porsche

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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.

RACK leaders and student members did not respond to repeated requests for comment.gd2

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.

Watch the trailer:

 

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