FemSex is back at Marquette University.
Earlier this year, The Cardinal Newman Society reported that Marquette had pulled its sponsorship of FemSex, a weekly student workshop on female sexuality that sparked outrage from students and alumni.
But according to the student newspaper The Marquette Tribune, while the Jesuit University’s administration is not sponsoring the workshop, it did receive sponsorship from the University Honors Program.
The syllabus posted online states plainly, “FemSex encourages exploration of identities, boundaries, desires, experiences, power and privilege. Through group discussions, activities, and individual exercises, the workshop explores what it means to take ownership of one’s own sexuality, body, pleasure, language and education.”
Week 2 of the workshop, according to the syllabus, has students discussing, “How many slang words do you know to describe female anatomy?”
Week 8’s workshop is called “Masturbation, Orgasm and Pleasure” and states, “we will discuss masturbation and orgasm in a safe space, making room for all experiences. We will also discuss the idea of self-love and both negative and positive views of masturbation. We will ask questions, share experiences, and generate ideas for technique.”
Other bizarre activities listed on the syllabus include:
“C*** Coloring: Color an anatomical picture from The C*** Coloring Book.
“…Erotica: Create an anonymous piece of erotica exploring fantasy and desire.
“Pleasure Point: Find a new pleasure point or pleasurable activity, and write about (or express in another medium) the experience.
“Empowerment Object: Bring in something that you find empowering to share with the group.”
The director of the honors program, Amelia Zurcher, was quoted in the student newspaper saying, “I think an academic home for (FemSex) helps show its legitimacy to those who are less familiar with gender and sexuality studies and their place on campuses all over the country.”
According to political science professor John McAdams’ blog, the Honors Program is controlled by the English and Philosophy departments, two of the most politically correct departments on campus.
McAdams was quoted in the student newspaper saying, “it’s bad judgment on the part of the Honors Program to sponsor it.”
Alumnus Ethan Hollenberger was quoted in the story, saying “If this is truly student-led and this is truly student programming, let it be so and let the student organizations run it. When an academic program sponsors (FemSex), you see the (Marquette) Catholic identity eroding.”
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