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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When Megan Andelloux comes to campus, no object is off-limits for being sexualized – including a genitalia-themed puppet.

ohmeganThe clinical sexologist and former Planned Parenthood educator, known professionally as “Oh Megan” and a self-described “Sex Ed Warrior Queen,” encouraged Vanderbilt University students to masturbate in their seats even as she spoke during an interactive sex workshop Tuesday on campus.

“Want to Be Brilliant in Bed?” was sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, though Director Rory Dicker emphasized that Andelloux’s views didn’t represent the university’s. It handed out free condoms before the workshop, however.

Andelloux gave Vanderbilt students a female anatomy lesson with “Veronica,” her vagina puppet. She passed around a bottle of lube and encouraged students to taste it, and even instructed them to put their phones on vibrate and stick them between their legs during the presentation.

After opening her presentation with a very sexual video collage, Andelloux offered free condoms and sex toys to those who engaged with her during the workshop.

“Society generally has negative associations with sex. We focus on the disasters,” she told students.

“That’s why I always thought masturbation was so awesome: You’re not going to get an STI [sexually transmitted infection] or get in trouble unless you’re doing it in public,” Andelloux said.

Andelloux makes similar presentations about sexuality on campuses nationwide and is accredited by the American College of Sexologists and American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.

She led a workshop at the University of Tennessee last year that described an orgasm as a “political act,” as The College Fix reported.

In her Vanderbilt workshop, Andelloux described how she “lives and breathes sexuality.” The presentation covered “lube and masturbation,” “orgasms and ejaculations,” “sexual journey’s [sic],” “consent,” and her self-described personal favorite, “anal play.”

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Andelloux did not shy away from graphic details or descriptions of “sexual adventures” throughout her workshop.

She gave a detailed description of berating her “partner” for masturbating in the shower. While a student in the crowd held the “Veronica” puppet, Andelloux showed students how to stimulate and pleasure different parts of the puppet.

Andelloux also expertly demonstrated how to put on a condom using only her mouth, according to a female student who stayed for the entire two-hour workshop and asked not to be named.

That same student said Andelloux, an adjunct instructor at Brown University, shared a story about a Brown female student who came to Andelloux because she had trouble reaching orgasm despite her vast sexual history with men.

According to the student who asked not to be named, Andelloux said she told the young woman at Brown to make a list of men and sexual activities she wanted to try and then reach out to one of them.

The young woman told the man she wanted to go on a “sexual adventure,” and they spent the next month trying activities on her list, after which the young woman reported back on her experiences to Andelloux. One of those was “sticking a pinky in the asshole.”

Andelloux said she’s a fan of such activities because “assholes make everybody equivalent.”

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As she told the Vanderbilt Hustler before the workshop, Andelloux wants students to “go on sexual adventures” because they grow up hearing “negative” messages about sex. “Experiment. Try things out before you say, ‘no, that’s not for me.’”

Andelloux gave her raunchy presentation before a nearly full auditorium in the Student Life Center, which has capacity for more than 200 people. Though delayed by more than half an hour, Andelloux held students rapt for more than two hours after she arrived.

Andelloux isn’t just a sex educator or Planned Parenthood alumna. As The Fix has previously reported, she’s also a fan of the macabre.

Her Tumblr page includes photos of a skull, vertebrae and jars that have dead babies inside.

The caption on the post reads: “I love all things medical. Look at all the time that went into making these things so beautiful and well kept. It’s hard to choose the prettiest one.”

College Fix reporter JR Ridley is a student at Vanderbilt University.

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An all-female college that recently began to accept transgender students has declared that it will scrap its annual tradition to put on a production of “The Vagina Monologues” because the play is apparently too dismissive of “women” without vaginas.

At the start of this school year, Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., announced a new policy that allows for the admission of students:

  • Biologically born female; identifies as a woman
  • Biologically born female; identifies as a man
  • Biologically born female; identifies as other/they/ze
  • Biologically born female; does not identify as either woman or man
  • Biologically born male; identifies as woman
  • Biologically born male; identifies as other/they/ze and when “other/they” identity includes woman
  • Biologically born with both male and female anatomy (Intersex); identifies as a woman

With that, the annual tradition to put on a play all about the plight of vaginas is now too narrow and exclusionary, according to school logic.

“At its core, the show offers an extremely narrow perspective on what it means to be a woman…Gender is a wide and varied experience, one that cannot simply be reduced to biological or anatomical distinctions, and many of us who have participated in the show have grown increasingly uncomfortable presenting material that is inherently reductionist and exclusive,” according to an email sent by the school’s theater division to the campus community, reports Campus Reform, which added the play is being replaced with something more “trans-inclusive.”

This is not the first time “The Vagina Monologues” has come under fire for being too narrow in focus.

Last year, Columbia University banned white women from performing in the play, a decision, producers said, that was based on white women being overly represented in the past during the play, as well as in mainstream feminist discourse in general.

The 18-year-old play consists of various monologues performed by women who aim to highlight all things vagina – including reliving sexual encounters, retelling molestation and rape survival stories, tales of orgasms and empowerment, soliloquies on the birthing experience and menstruation, lesbianism, and other similar topics.

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On Thursday, The College Fix reported on a controversial event planned by feminists at the University of Cincinnati, in collaboration with Planned Parenthood, Inc.

Nearly a dozen billboard-sized photos of vaginas in various states – including shaved ones, others that are blemished, and still some with tampons inserted – are slated for display today and tomorrow at the University of Cincinnati as part of a student-sponsored “Re-Envisioning the Female Body” exhibit.

The female genitalia photos are in direct retaliation to an anti-abortion display hosted by prolife students at the university last May that included graphic images of aborted fetuses, its organizers state.

“Their billboard-sized photographs equated mutilated fetuses with genocide victims in an effort to shame women,” states Female Body exhibit organizers on their Facebook page. “Our demonstration serves to call attention to the vaginas as a site of conflict … its purpose is to incite conversation about the objectification, exploitation and discrimination of women’s bodies … it points to the negative disposition our society holds toward the vagina.”

University of Cincinnati’s student organizers included the following details on the event’s Facebook invitation:

Join us in our art display of vaginas on McMicken Commons! The display titled “Re-envisioning the Female Body” will show 12 billboard-sized photographs of vulvas. The group of photos represents a collaboration between a UC student photographer and 12 volunteer models from within and outside of the UC community. The images will be accompanied by posters sharing quotes from the models and from others about decisions that are made by us or taken from us concerning our bodies in areas of health care, queer sex, birth and abortion, and in stories of abuse and survival.

On the event’s Facebook page, reaction from online commenters was mixed:

One supporter named Jack wrote:

“I wish I wasn’t working, I’d really like to be there. I think vaginas are one of the most beautiful anatomical forms, especially when faithfully portrayed.”

Another supporter named Brian wrote:

“Proud feminist, and proud bearcat alum. Women have a right to the same freedoms as men in this world, and strong men have an obligation to support making that happen. Thank you for doing nothing less than the bold action necessary to spark the this much needed conversation.”

On the other hand, some others weren’t so impressed with the artistic value or political message behind the event.

One dissenter named Matthew wrote:

“I think any visual art that needs that many words to explain what it’s trying to communicate probably sucks as art. My best guess is it’s going to look an awful lot like porn and that’s good enough to get attention.”

Another named Erica wrote:

“This is the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever seen! I am a woman, I have a vagina, but my vagina is NOT my identity! It is a body part! And any woman who thinks her vagina has to be talked about because its a part of her, is a seriously delusional and sad excuse for a woman!”

Finally, one other commenter remarked on the event page photo, which featured a photograph of a vagina–presumably one of the images from the campus display:

“If you have a pic of a vagina as your event photo, might wanna make that shit private yo. Pretty sure it’s illegal to show porn to minors.”

At the time of publication, more than 800 people had confirmed on the event’s Facebook page that they would be attending. (Fair Warning: the event page features graphic imagery.)

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USC is slated to kick off its Sex Week festivities today with a “Vagina Cupcakes” workshop in the library.

“The objective of the event is to encourage young women and men to better understand the human anatomy and how to have safe and fun sex through a casual evening of cupcake decorating and Q&A with a sex educator/specialist,” a USC website notes.

Apparently, students are supposed to make cupcake decorations that resemble female genitals. How appetizing!

In all seriousness, the event tries to come off as some sort of educational lesson, when in fact it just objectifies the female anatomy and makes sex Ed a tawdry and juvenile activity, and is an excuse to sit around and talk about kinky sex. If a college student truly wanted to learn about all the different parts of the vagina, there are more academic and respectable venues to that end.

At any rate, USC’s sex week is also set to include what has now apparently become the obligatory “female orgasm” seminar. Similar events have been and will be hosted at college campuses across the nation this spring. Generally, the female orgasm workshops delve into how to masturbate and reach orgasm during sex.

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MEADVILLE – Allegheny College’s Ford Memorial Chapel was transformed into a boudoir of sorts Wednesday night, as professional sex educators advised students in attendance how best to touch themselves and their partners to reach orgasm in what was billed as an educational seminar.

The chapel, built and dedicated in 1902, is where Catholic mass and non-denominational services are conducted every week at the private liberal arts college in northwestern Pennsylvania. But all that took a back pew to Wednesday’s festivities, dubbed “I Heart the Female Orgasm” and hosted by a variety of student groups on campus.

The two sex educators, Marshall Miller and Kate Weinberg, talked students through a variety of masturbation techniques during the event.

“Sometimes it can be difficult finding your G spot by yourself, because it involves inserting a finger or fingers inside the vagina into the front wall of the body, and that kind of results in an awkward, kind of clawlike hand position,” Weinberg said, demonstrating with a pawing motion as the audience giggled. “Obviously, there are better ways you can position your body. Or if you’ve got a partner, you can get your partner to insert their finger or fingers inside your vagina in the front wall of your body in a sort of a J curve.”

Miller also weighed in, noting “some (women) find that if they change the angle or position, they can find some way of rubbing against their partner’s body, against the base of his penis or pubic bone, and with rubbing to have enough stimulation to orgasm in intercourse.”

In statements to The College Fix, the college’s chaplain defended the event’s location, calling its theme “responsible,” and a campus spokesperson said it offered a “great message.”

While the chapel is hosting services in conjunction with Lent, on Wednesday the building turned into a sexual marketplace of sorts, as student groups sold buttons, t-shirts and hats bearing the program’s name inside the chapel itself after the event concluded. They also sold the book written by program coordinators Marshall Miller and Dorian Solot titled “I Heart Female Orgasm: An Extraordinary Orgasm Guide.”

Meanwhile, the sex educators had also told students masturbation is not a sin.

“Some people figure out masturbation and orgasm as teenagers, some people figure it out later than that,” said Weinberg, describing her lifelong fascination with pleasuring herself. “And some people figure it out earlier than that. Like preschool age. I was part of that last category.”

Weinberg also weighed in on a portion of the Book of Genesis in regard to masturbation.

“So this primary anti-masturbation story is about this guy, Onan. … And Onan refused to sleep with his brother’s wife, so he spilled his seed on the ground — that’s how it’s defined — and for that, God struck him dead,” she said.

But Weinberg said she believes that because Biblical scholars debate the exact meanings of many portions of the Bible, it permits a wide variety of sexual activity.

“A lot of Bible scholars say that’s the primary anti-masturbation story, but I don’t really see it,” she continued. “Onan wasn’t struck dead for masturbating. He was struck down for not sleeping with his brother’s wife. So the masturbation wasn’t the sin. So obviously, you know, the Bible is something that is interpreted in a lot of different ways.”

During the event, Weinberg and Miller played the famous fake orgasm scene from “When Harry Met Sally” on a projected screen, and also displayed different anatomical diagrams depicting women’s genitals.

“If you’ve got a vagina, your genitals are tucked pretty neatly inside your body. It’s a pretty handy place to keep one’s genitals, really. But because of this, many heterosexual women have never seen another woman’s vagina or vulva,” Weinberg said. “If you’ve got cool dangly parts down there, if you’re voluptuous, if one side’s longer than the other, if your va-jay-jay’s got some character, some personality, it’s not a sign that you’re abnormal and deformed. It’s a sign that you’re a healthy adult woman.”

Weinberg later held up two books titled I’ll Show You Mine and Petals, encouraging students to flip through them after the program: “We’ve got two amazing books up here with pages and pages of art photographs of vaginas and vulvas.”

The event was hosted by Allegheny’s student government and Allegheny College’s Reproductive Health Coalition, along with Young Feminists and Queers and Allies. It was funded by student activities fees.

Student reaction to the seminar was mixed.

One Christian student, Shannon McAvinchey, 20, said the school’s student government supported Christian groups on campus and were not trying to intentionally offend Christian students by hosting the event in the chapel. At the same time, however, she said some students’ attitudes towards Christians troubled her.

“I guess what frustrates me most is when you say you’re a Christian, your views are automatically not so much disrespected as dismissed,” McAvinchey said.

Other students, however, were excited on their way to the chapel, chatting and laughing happily.

“I have needs!” one girl said.

“I have condoms! Jesus!” her friend shrieked.

Officials at the college took a blasé attitude toward the event.

Chaplain Jane Ellen Nickel, who conducts non-denominational Christian services each Sunday and manages the office of Spiritual and Religious Life, said in an email to The College Fix that she saw nothing wrong with the event, and hoped students would feel comfortable attending a religious service there later.

“I don’t have a problem with it being held in the chapel. The program advocates responsible, respectful decision-making regarding sexual behavior, and includes the option waiting for marriage, a message that resonates with many students of faith. While the name may have some shock value, the event itself is consistent with our policy of opening the building to campus groups. We would love it if students at such an event experience the chapel as a welcoming space, and then feel encouraged to attend a religious service or program.”

Another campus administrator told The College Fix he had no problem with the event’s location.

“They have a great message about caring relationships,” said Dean of Students Joe DiChristina in an e-mail. “I appreciated their approach.”

Fix contributor Katie McHugh is a student at Allegheny College.

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