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March 18, 2013

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sk60

There are 30 events planned including “Getting Laid,”

They have to teach students how to do that now? Wow, times have changed.

Sam

noted lesbian bondage expert

That sounded so much better than it looks.

mojo

"...she is an expert in sexuality and leather. "
If by "sexuality", you actually mean "perversion".

Not that there's anything WRONG with that... Other than my paying for it, I mean.

AC1

Good job she decided to avoid a stereotypical lesbian look.

David

That sounded so much better than it looks.

I fear it may disappoint on many levels. It’s not entirely clear to me what urgent need is being met, especially at a time of academic belt-tightening, but apparently Sex Week is about “ensuring academic soundness by including all perspectives and crossing traditional boundaries.” The organisers will, of course, be “fostering dialogue” in “a safe environment.” But it’s not all about “queer theory,” scissoring and “queering as a verb.” There are a few helpful tips.

See? You’re wiser already.

witwoud

Mustn't say 'she'. According to Mr Sexsmith's website, the preferred pronoun is 'they'.

As in:

"In their spare time, Mr. Sexsmith enjoys reading voraciously, swing dancing, topping, and cooking, and has been known to get on their knees in order to fix the strappy sandals of a queer femme."

I must say, they are quite a snappy dresser.

Sam

"Wait thirty minutes after eating before getting back into the pool" also applies to giving blowjobs.

News you can use.

David

All things considered, I did rather admire the student’s perseverance.

Bigland

"All things considered, I did rather admire the student’s perseverance."

Helped, no doubt, by her thoughtful boyfriend. He not only made the difficult choice that their limited time should be spent focusing on his pleasure, but ensured her sudden dinner refund wouldn't prevent completion of said act. What a guy.

dicentra

We were all worried about Orwell's 1984 coming to pass when in fact it's Brave New World that's descending on us.

Oh, AND 1984. No reason they can't do both, with a chaser of Atlas Shrugged.

jkrank

I like my queers adjectives, thank you very much.

jkrank

Although I suppose that makes me 'sex negative.' On the plus side: straight A's.

JuliaM

"...especially at a time of academic belt-tightening..."

Is there anyone better qualified for that than a bondage expert?

David

Readers will be thrilled to learn that Sinclair – sorry, Mr Sexsmith - has “always been into self-study,” “holds degrees in both creative writing and gender studies” and “has studied at Bent Queer Writing Institute in Seattle.” She – sorry, he – sorry, they – is also available for “spoken word performances on the subjects of queer sex, gender, and relationships,” “classes in healing,” “sexuality, leather, and BDSM educational classes and demonstrations,” “hands-on bodywork,” “sacred intimatacy” [sic], “stone sexualities” and, obviously, “tantra-based experiments.” All of which bodes well for Sex Week’s academic rigour.

I fear we’re in the realm of Dr Gillian’s vortex.

Presumably, the faculty organisers of Sex Week had to look over Mr Sexsmith’s website to check her – sorry, his – sorry, their – credentials. Which makes me wonder at what point they realised that “stone sexualities,” “sacred intimatacy” and “tantra-based experiments” would bolster their claims of “academic soundness.”

jones

Does 'scavenging' imply 'recycling'?

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Mustn't say 'she'. According to Mr Sexsmith's website, the preferred pronoun is 'they'.

I'd think "it" is more appropriate.

Joan

holds degrees in both creative writing and gender studies

Btw, I have some old rope to sell…

David

Btw, I have some old rope to sell…

Well, quite.

I’d imagine the University of Tennessee’s Sex Week will be much like a previous event at Harvard, also featuring Sinclair Sexsmith. It was hardly scandalous; it just seems rather silly and self-indulgent, like hiring a clown to teach you about shoes. At a time when so many universities are grumbling about budget cuts and losing science and engineering faculty, and even entire departments, I suppose the issue is whether there might be better uses for the money. As Heather Mac Donald pointed out, “Training computer scientists to compete with the growing technical prowess of China and India, apparently, can wait. More pressing is guaranteeing that students graduate having fully explored their ‘identity’.”

But hey, what could be more vital than bad poetry, a drag show and dildo harness tips?

Reed

Mr. Sexsmith - has “always been into self-study”

So, creepy self-indulgence is now re-defined as 'self-study'. Clever. Blatant attention seeking becomes introspection.

I bet he's a real expert on intersectionality, too. Whatever that is.

Anna

Reed,

It's "black disabled lesbian trumps white able-bodied gay guy". (Or triple points in victimhood poker.)

Reed

Ah, the 'privilege hierarchy'.
As a white, middle class, straight male, I guess I'm a long way from the victim Top Trump.
Might need to do some crafty self-redefining to work my way up.

WTP

So this event was prevoiusly presented at Harvard, Yale, Brown, and now Tennessee. Could there be some correlation between having a crappy football team and a market for this level of campus nonsense? I haven't heard of such taking place at Alabama, Florida, LSU, or Auburn. Apparently there are better things with which to keep young minds occupied.

Watcher

"Bow Chicka Bow Woah"

I fear I am missing something in my sexual life as I have no idea what this means. But then, I never went to Uni.

(Thought: would I have found out what this means at Barking University?)

David

Bow-Chicka-Bow-Wow is a noise made to suggest the soundtrack for a bad 70s porno film. Like a funk guitar lick.

rjmadden

and dildo harness tips

I for one have learned something today.

David

That’ll be $20,000, please.

rjmadden

LOL

I'll chip in the price of a nice red.

David

I’ll raise a glass in your honour.

JeremiadBullfrog

watcher: "I fear I am missing something in my sexual life as I have no idea what this means."

I know you're being tongue-in-cheek, but this is the kind of thing that bothers me so much about this. It's manufactured sexual inadequacy passed off under the guise of open-mindedness.

Now, for normal, well-adjusted adults, it doesn't really bother us what other people think. But this is specifically targeted towards late adolescents in an environment where interpersonal social scrutiny/anxiety is eclipsed perhaps only by high school. There's an interesting comment on this point in the initial paragraphs of this article:

http://www.firstthings.com/article/2013/01/sex-in-the-meritocracy

Perhaps a sadder point is how this feeds into the general trend of university culture to treat sexual proficiency over, say, financial literacy as a mark of maturity.

JeremiadBullfrog

And one might further note that the technique of manufactured inadequacy and the subsequent public shaming (implied or overt) as a prelude to "counter-cultural" indoctrination is a common theme for several of the university-targeting charlatans who appear on this site.

Darleen

oh hum ... how predictable .. and they try so hard to be provocative, avant garde, edgy, yadda yadda yadda

want to send the University into a tizzy?

Make it Holy Week, with public Bible readings, Stations of the Cross, and prayer circles.

sk60

Bow-Chicka-Bow-Wow is a noise made to suggest the soundtrack for a bad 70s porno film. Like a funk guitar lick.

I didn't know that either. My cheque for $20,000 is in the post.

David

My cheque for $20,000 is in the post.

It’s also used as a sort of musical “ooh-er missus.” Imagine Barney is talking to Frank about his boss Geoff, and the pressure of deadlines, etc. Barney says, “Jeez, Geoff is really riding my ass.” At which point Frank goes, “Bow-chicka-bow-wow.”

Better make it $40,000.

AC1

Isn't there a musical song called "The Internet is for self-study"?

BackwardsBoy

As if this Alabama fan needed another reason to dislike UT...

the wolf

Perhaps students will learn that taxpayers have been taking it in the rear for years. Just not voluntarily.

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