Updates for Spring 2011

This blog has been a bit quiet (well, very quiet, honestly), but get excited because it’s going to get hot and heavy once more! Spring 2011 promises to be ridiculously amazing and event-packed. To start off, let’s update you on what we did Fall 2010, and then move onto some of the immediate updates for Spring 2011.

We had 3 events with Sequoia Redd (if you missed them, check her blog for the reprinted materials & outlines!):

And we were also involved with World AIDS Day programming.

For Spring, we can’t let you know exactly what we’re cooking just yet, BUT here are some tidbits to tantalize you:

  • We were selected as a GACC Safe-Site for the Spring 2011! Hurrah! Expect lots of Trojan condoms.
  • We have 2 listservs which you can join: one for updates about SHEEC events and relevant stuff, and one for those who want to help organizing the events (more high-traffic than the former). Check ’em out here.
  • Sex Week 2011 (March 13-19) is shaping up super nicely. Block off that entire week for SO MUCH FABULOUS STUFF. Even if you’re not a Brown student, you’re going to want to come. Again. And again. Most (if not all) our events are open to the public, so take advantage of these unique educational opportunities!
  • We’re also doing a bunch of programming outside of Sex Week, because sex-positivity and education has to be a constant process! Expect workshops on “Green Sex” and eco-friendly sexuality, managing jealousy, dealing with a breakup (and situations that CALL for a breakup), how to talk to your doctor about your body & sex-life, asexuality, abstinence, and other stuff, as well as a raffle at the Brown/RISD drag show.
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Great American Condom Campaign Safe-Site

SHEEC was selected as a Fall Semester 2010 Great American Condom Campaign Safe-Site! Hurrah!

“You are joining 1,000 other young people in creating a sexually healthy nation. More than 2,300 people applied to become a SafeSite this round. In October, Trojan will ship a box of 500 condoms to the address you entered on your application, so you can get started on distributing condoms to your peers!”

What is the GACC?

The Great American Condom Campaign is a youth-led grassroots movement to make the U.S. a sexually healthy nation. Each year, GACC members give out 1,000,000 Trojan Brand condoms on college campuses across the United States, educate their peers about sexual health, and organize to improve the policies that affect young people’s health and lives.

Sex Panic!: When Educators Are Censors

a panel and Q&A session moderated by Brown Professor of History and Brazilian Studies Jim N. Green, author of Beyond Carnival: Male Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Brazil

Free and open to the public! RSVP on Facebook!

Can’t make it? Check out our livestream & if you tweet, use #sexpanic hashtag.

Tuesday, May 4th @ 6:00 pm
in Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106 (View Map)
95 Cushing Street, Providence, RI 02906

This event is co-sponsored by: SHEEC and QCC

Panelists:
  • Aida Manduley: SHEEC Chairperson
  • Megan Andelloux: Certified sexologist and sex educator
  • Reid Mihalko: Brown alum and presenter on sex and relationships
  • Meitar Moscovitz: Community organizer and technology professional
  • Ricky Gresh: Senior director for Student Engagement at Brown University

What would you do if your organization were criticized for following through with its mission statement? What if you were publicly denigrated, misrepresented, and harassed for your work? What if educators themselves were trying to hamper your attempts at education and empowerment?

Finally, who should have a say in a college student’s sex education?

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SHEEC has come under vicious attack due to some (if not most) of the events it has been sponsoring, coordinating, and organizing on Brown’s campus. (For more information on that, check out Aida Manduley’s personal blog and the SHEEC-tagged posts therein.) Thus, the organization’s members have decided to host a panel discussing the role of students, educators, and institutions in regards to censorship, free speech, and the right to organize.

This event will focus on discussing censorship as it relates to sexual education and programming around sexuality issues because we hope to use the panelists’ experiences as “case-studies,” BUT we highly encourage EVERYBODY to attend, especially those who have had similar scary experiences with censorship or those who are curious because they don’t want to have it happen to them.

Come join us in our dialogue!

Though it’s open to the public, Brown students are especially encouraged to attend because we’ll discuss what Brown can do for YOU, and how Brown can protect your rights to hold events. This is CRUCIAL information, especially if you do any sort of “controversial” work on campus.

Winners of our 2010 Erotica Contest

Our Erotica Contest Committee hath spoken, and here are our winners! Their pieces will be printed in the Spring edition of The Agenda, Brown University’s only journal of queer arts, politics, and culture.

Message from the ECC: “We had so many amazing submissions and were impressed with the variety and creativity of everyone. Brown students’ love for our school and each other were equally apparent.”

WINNER OVERALL: receives an OhMiBod Club Vibe
…for excellent writing, steaminess, and setting at a well-known
location on campus…
“Ashamu Dancers” by The Spicy Puritan

BEST EROTIC POETRY: receives a Cal Exotics bullet vibe
…for innovative rhythm and diction and truly beautiful intimacy…
“A Rush of Blood to the…” by Mirage

HONORABLE MENTION
…for making a student caller for the Brown Annual Fund sexy and the funniest ending of all the stories…
“Mr. B” by Ilana Rose

HONORABLE MENTION/BEST BROWN DETAIL
…for mentioning lobster bisque AND Grad Center’s heating system…
“E-Ratty-ca: Polynesian Passion” by D.H.

2010 Sex Week Swag

So here’s a list of some of the stuff you can enter to win at our Saturday raffles. We’ve included brands, prices (usually the lowest we could find, so when something’s expensive, you KNOW it’s more expensive elsewhere) and specs, so click on the links to check out the particular awesome details of each toy. 🙂 We have something for everyone, and usually more than one of each product!
At the raffle, we’ll also be explaining the toys a bit, so consider it a sex toy fair. 🙂

And these are only SOME of the things you can win. Other things include a hot, romantic basket of awesomeness, including candles, a blindfold, fuzzy things, and sex-dice. Seriously. Go to the rest of our events. Who knows, maybe we’ll have surprise raffles. 😉

Get your swag on!

So I know we’ve talked about the raffle a bit, and having sponsors, and all that magical stuff…but now’s the time to make it clear.

HOW DO THE RAFFLES WORK?

Because we want you to win something *YOU* want and is relevant to YOUR sex life (or the sex life you want), we’ll have many “mini-raffles” for specific prizes and gift-bags at our finale event. Read: you don’t enter ONE pool for ALL the toys; you enter many smaller pools where your chances of winning are a) higher and b) more geared to your particular interests.

So, how does THAT work? Tickets come in a pair-form (so it looks like you have “4” tickets). On March 20th, you’ll have a chance to put one half of each ticket-pair into a bag with the prize you want. We will have many bags and we will have descriptions of what you can win by entering each raffle. If you have questions, feel free to ask the people at the selling area.

When we pull out a ticket from a specific bag, if you have the ticket that has the same number, you win that item! The more tickets you have, the more individual raffles you can enter (or the more tickets you can put into a single bag so you have more chances of winning). This is why it’s important that you NOT SEPARATE your ticket pairs until March 20th.

SO HOW DO I GET TICKETS, ANYWAY?

We are selling tickets throughout the week for the BIG RAFFLE on Saturday, March 20th at Salomon 101. Email brownsheec@gmail.com, or stalk Aida Manduley and tell her to sell some to you. More officially, however, we will have tickets available at most of our events, and SPECIFICALLY on the Main Green on Wednesday, March 17th, from noon to 4:00pm. That day we’ll also be selling sexy baked goods, buttons, and shirts, so bring cash and support sexual health education and empowerment!

BUT WAIT, CAN I GET FREE TICKETS?

Yes, you can! If you are one of the first 25 people at our events, you get one free ticket. But trust me–one ticket is NOT enough.

SO WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER RAFFLES I HEARD ABOUT…?

Aside from the big major raffle with tons of prizes, we are also having smaller ones at certain events. For these raffles at specific events (e.g. Strap-On 101 or Bringing [Safe] Sexy Back), we give tickets for those raffles to EVERYONE in the audience. These are NOT tickets for the big raffle. You will notice the difference because you will have only a HALF of a pair of tickets. Thus, by attending that event, you are automatically in the running to receive whatever specific item is being raffled off.

Capisce? Hopefully yes.

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RAFFLE OUTCOMES/PRIZES:

  1. (3/15) At Strap-On 101, we raffled off a blue Tantus Flame (a $17 closeout value if you get it via Tantus)
  2. (3/15) At Making It Work Outside the Box, we raffled off a pink Tantus 02 Rascal (an $84 value at Edenfantasys.com or a $24 closeout value if you get it via Tantus)
  3. (3/19) At Bringing (Safe) Sexy Back…
  4. (3/20) At F*cking Fantasies…
  5. (3/20) At Night of Sex, Toys, and Cabaret feat. The Wet Spots we will raffle off SO MUCH STUFF THAT YOU WON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH YOURSELF. I’ll be writing up a post sometime tonight with a list of some of the prizes you could win, so get excited and be on the lookout for that. 🙂

Sex Week 2010 Buttons

I love buttons. I’ve always wanted a button-making contraption, but those things were expensive and it’s not like I was going to make 1,000 buttons a month, so I never got one.

BUT BROWN HEALTH ED HAS ONE. And they make really cool buttons. Because I chair SHEEC and Sex Week, I get to design some fun ones to hand out (or sell to fundraise? maybe?). Here they are, so look forward to seeing them around campus this coming week! (Hehe, coming week.)

BROWN EROTICA WRITING CONTEST

Think Brown is a sexy place? Write your sexiest/kinkiest/funniest piece of erotica and submit it to enter our contest. Winners will receive a prize from one of our Sex Week sponsors and get their story posted (& credited if desired) on the SHEEC website. The only requirement is that you make the setting somewhere on campus. Thinking boy-on-boy,  phe-on-phe, in the SciLi, freshman-on-senior…? Anything goes, just don’t include real first or last names or overly identifying details. Length (of the story, of course) can range from a few lines to a page or two.

Submit your stories to eroticasheec@gmail.com or campus box #2682 by March 18th. Sign them with your real name and/or your campus box # so we can contact you. Winners will be announced at our March 20th closing event in Salomon 101 and they will have a chance to read their piece (or have someone else read it) during the event. Also, The Agenda, Brown’s only journal of queer politics and culture, has agreed to print the top 3 pieces in their Spring issue!

*If you are inclined to make art instead of writing something, go for it. Based on the # of submissions, we’ll pick a winner or something.


Sex Week 2010 Poster

My goals in creating a poster:

  • Wouldn’t imply a certain relationship status
  • Wouldn’t be objectifying and just like any other ad on TV
  • Wouldn’t be heteronormative (and ideally not homonormative, either, which is…not easy to do–most images out there are very either/or)
  • Would simultaneously bring something “non-traditional” to the fore but NOT in a “LOOK HOW RADICAL I AM!” way or in a “LOOK HOW FREAKY THIS IS!” way
  • Would focus on sexuality and sensuality, but in a fun, not intimidating, fashion
  • Re: above, would also not be too explicit or obviously and “traditionally” sexual, so that it could have more interpretations (including “platonic” ones?)
  • Would reflect an air of inclusiveness
  • Would not represent people from just one ethnic group (and this was the hardest to achieve while still trying to keep to the other points; I resolved this issue by making the skin tones a rainbow)
  • Would not glorify a particular body type, especially one that corresponds to the dominant ideas of beauty in the media
  • Would be welcoming and attractive
  • Would hold all the text necessary!

The RESULT: