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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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Students can experience what it feels like to be sexually flogged and electrocuted during an upcoming Sex Week activity at the University of Chicago.

The workshop, dubbed “Taste of Kink” and scheduled for Feb. 15, will “explore … the exchanges and sensations that can be generated by floggers, rope, electricity and more,” the university’s Sex Week agenda states.

It’s one event among nearly 40 scheduled to take place at the private university in the coming weeks. Several include teaching students how to perform better oral sex and tie their partners up during sex. Others explore the adult film industry, instruct students in “pagan sex magic,” and teach them how to talk dirty.

The “Taste of Kink” activity, set to take place at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center For The Arts, asks students on the Sex Week agenda: “Intrigued but nervous about bringing anything into the bedroom?”

“Curious about props and toys that crop up in kinky relationships?” it continues. “Come explore, at your own pace and in a laid back space, the exchanges and sensations that can be generated by floggers, rope, electricity and more.”

University of Chicago administrators did not respond Tuesday to a request for comment by The College Fix.

Organizers of the University of Chicago’s upcoming Sex Week, which launches Thursday and runs through Feb. 16, state on the event’s website that “our goal is to provide a space, perhaps an excuse, to start a conversation about everything related to sex and sexuality, and hope that this openness about any other everyday topic continues far beyond the week.”

“We like this to be an exploration and discussion of a usually taboo subject, thinking about the terms and images we use, how we express ourselves, and interactions with others, as well as our own personal sexual preferences and choices,” Sex Week organizer Stephanie Grach told XBiz newswire.

On Friday night, the festivities kick off in earnest in the school’s Ida Noyes Hall with a celebratory “Lascivious Ball,” promoted with the tagline: “No shirt, no shoes, no problem!”

On Saturday, Feb. 8, slated events include a talk from porn star Jessica Drake called “From Porn to Sex Ed.” Drake is expected to talk about how she got into the adult film industry and how it opened her eyes to the need for “modern sexual education,” XBiz Newswire reports.

Next up on Saturday’s itinerary is a “rope workshop.”

“Curious about bondage, but didn’t know how to try on your own?” the Sex Week agenda asks. “We’ll show the basics of rope tying, and a bit beyond the basics!”

Rounding out the day’s festivities is a talk titled “Sex Outside The Lines” by blogger “Cliff Pervocracy.”

According to Pervocracy’s website: “I write about my experiences as an active member of the BDSM community, a partner in a polyamorous relationship, and an all-around completely horny slut.”

Sunday’s lineup includes workshops titled “Intro To Tantra,” “Being An Ally: Sex Workers” and “Trans Conversation.”

On Monday, students can attend the “Talking Dirty, Etc.” event, described on the agenda as a “how-to on dirty talking, roleplay and fantasy.” That event is immediately followed by an activity called “The Art of Going Down: Great Oral Sex,” during which students are expected to learn “techniques for better oral sex.”

For Valentine’s Day, the agenda includes an event called “Temple of Cum and Other Queer Blasphemies,” a presentation slated to “explore mashups of spirituality and sexuality, including Pagan sex magic … and the Man2Man Alliance. “

Sex Week concludes Feb. 16 with activities such as “Hey Beautiful! How To Be Truly Turned On!” during which an “intimacy coach” will teach students how to “feel more sensual and alive in bed and out,” the Sex Week website states.

Another event set for the final day is “Selling Sex: The Ins and Outs of the Porn Industry.” A company official from “Pleasure Chest” will lead the workshop.

Several documentaries are also scheduled to be screened during the observance, as well as a talk by “The End of Sex” author Donna Freitas on how to regain intimacy and meaning in the college hook-up scene, and workshops on communication and dating tips for all sexual preferences.

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s student-fee-funded group “Sex Out Loud” has published a graphic, pro-BDSM blog post advising students how to have a kinky-sex-filled Halloween.

The student group, with its tagline “promoting healthy sexuality through sex positive education and activism,” reportedly is set to receive $200,000 over the next two years “to teach seminars such as ‘Kink,’ ‘Pleasure’ and ‘Advanced Pleasure,'” states Christian Schneider, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist.

As for this group’s Halloween sex tips:

Tip Number 1: Drag it up – “Take advantage of this time to play around with gender and gender expression and identity and play with the art of drag when you’re making your costume. This goes for people of all genders.”

Tip Number 2: Role play – “Taking advantage of socially acceptable dress-up could also double as a chance to explore any role playing fantasies we may have before.”

The final three are as follows: “King Tut-in’ it up” – “Time to start exploring the world of BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Dominance, Submission, Sadism. Masochism!”; “Reenact your favorite horror movies”; and “Get some candy in there” – “Perhaps we … are sadists who enjoy tying down our partner(s) and making them see, smell and even taste a little itty bit of our favorite chocolate bar, but not get it or being into masochism and get a candy as a treat after a flogging.”

It’s good to see Wisconsin taxpayer dollars and student fees are going to such pressing academic matters such as this!

Schneider, in his column, is incredulous about the Sex Out Loud program, as well as the whole colleges-hosting-orgasm-sex-masturbation-tutorials movement that’s captured nearly every campus in the nation.

“Perhaps these programs allow a valuable chance to go back and re-examine why we have universities in the first place. Presumably when UW’s forefathers  encouraged “sifting and winnowing,” they weren’t doing so in search of the “mysterious G-spot.”

Further, why is the university spending so much money teaching students to do something they’re doing anyway? It’s not like 50 years from now people will be  talking about the “Great Orgasm Famine of 2013.” Young people seem to be doing just fine on their own — it’s not like figuring out sex is akin to solving the mystery of cold fusion.

Read the full column here.

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