As originally reported by The Cardinal Newman Society, Marquette University began hosting a 12-week FemSex workshop on campus. After protests, the University pulled its support. The group has continued meeting off campus.
Last week, 53 professors signed a public letter to University President Fr. Scott Pilarz, S.J., Provost John Pauly published in the Marquette Tribune protesting the University's decision. They claim that the workshop's mission is consistent with that of the University's new Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC).
"FemSex directly supports the GSRC’s mission to 'provide a space dedicated to the pursuit of dialogue, growth and empowerment around issues of gender, sex and sexuality,'" said the letter. "The GSRC has not only the right but also the responsibility to host FemSex and similar programming."
"We were gravely disappointed not only by the original decision to prohibit the GSRC’s sponsorship of FemSex, but also by the way that decision was made – at the request of a limited number of people and with no consultation of parties involved."
FemSex was originally started by two lesbian women at Berkley in 1993. The class was originally titled “The Orgasm Class.” It has since evolved into a sexual liberation discussion group and course. The Marquette University workshop syllabus included topics such as masturbation, erotica, and a C*** coloring book.
"We do not believe FemSex to be at odds with the mission of Marquette or the charter of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, and we uphold the need for safe student space on campus to seek affirmation of experiences and identities, as well as discuss these issues," said Marquette FemSex founding co-facilitator Claire Van Fossen in a press statement.
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