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Tennessee Lawmakers’ Proactive Measures Help Derail More Campus Sex Week Events

Tennessee lawmakers last year got involved in the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s decision to host racy Sex Week events, first passing a resolution condemning the activities, then threatening to change the way student fees can be doled out.

A compromise that students be given an option to “opt in” to help pay for student programming was eventually reached so that not all students are forced to pay for workshops such as “Getting Laid,” “Sex Positivity: Queer as a Verb,” “Bow Chicka Bow Woah” and “How Many Licks Does It Take.”

Now comes word that the compromise continues to have positive effects. The student government at East Tennessee State University this week voted against funding the school’s inaugural Sex Week observance, set to take place early next year. Student senators cited the Tennessee legislation as part of their decision, and also the graphic nature of the planned events. They apparently didn’t want any controversy, nor state lawmakers getting involved with their coffers, the Johnson City Press reports.

Workshops on various sexual positions and “Explore your Pleasures with Intimate Treasures” may still take place at East Tennessee State University, but the student government isn’t forking over $10,000 to help put it on. Student organizers will have to fundraise.

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Jennifer Kabbany is editor-in-chief of The College Fix.