Starting Your Sex Week! (Free Teleclass)

** Register for Call and Download Here: http://ReidAboutSex.com/sex-week-teleclass-signup **

The event goes by many names, but whether you call it Sex Week, Condom Week, Safer Sex Week, Sex & Gender Week, or what have you, for those of you passionate about healthy sex and relationships (for yourself AND your fellow students), organizing a Sex Week-type event at your school is one of the most powerful ways to impact your campus culture!

  • If bringing accurate sexual health information and pleasure-based sex education to your fellow students is important to you?
  • Wishing there was a campus-wide way to lessen sexual shame while promoting healthy, sexual self-expression in all it’s forms?
  • Are you interested in upping the discourse around topics like feminism, sex, dating, relationships, LGBTA, pornography at your school?
  • How about making dating and sex more fun and safe during your college years (and those of your classmates)?!?
  • Perhaps you already have a Sex Week-type event on your campus and you want to make it better?
If any of the above inspire you, please join some of the brightest Sex Week organizers and sex and relationship educators of our time for a free, 90-minute, conference call (also downloadable for free if you miss it!) containing their best advice, as well as worst nightmares!

Register for Call and Download: http://ReidAboutSex.com/sex-week-teleclass-signup

Our “Sex Week Think Tank” includes: Call moderator Reid Mihalko of ReidAboutSex.com, Megan Adelloux of OhMegan.com, Aida Manduley, formerly of Brown Sex Week, Courtney Peters of Sex Week At Yale, and others To Be Announced shortly!

Recording Date: August 21st, 2012
Teleclass Time: 3pm Eastern – 4:30 Eastern
Location: Call-In from Anywhere Teleclass or Register and Download for Later!
Register for Call and Download: http://ReidAboutSex.com/sex-week-teleclass-signup

How To Start a Sex Week On Your Campus: The Ins and Outs of Planning, Promoting and Pulling Off a Successful Sex Week At Your School! will attempt to cover:

• Why you might want to create a Sex Week or make your existing one better
• What to do
• What NOT to do
• How to design the Sex Week that’s right for your campus
• How to pool resources so it’s not just one person doing everything
• How to collaborate with other campuses and organizations
• How to research, invite, book, negotiate, and handle your speakers in a professional manner
• Sponsorships, etc.
• How to deal with administration
• Promotion on campus
• How to handle the media
• Challenges with inclusivity
• How to deal with push-back and negative response

We already confess that this is too much information to cover in a 90-minute call, but we promise you to give you our best thinking, tips and advice, and point you toward valuable resources that will help you create a more powerful event while making it more fun for you as well as your classmates!

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel! Your campus deserves better sexual health resources and outreach! And we could all use some more fun in our sex education!

Join us and spread the word!

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Sex Week 2012: Erotica Contest

Have you ever fantasized about doing sexy things while studying abroad? Ever fantasized about watching sexy people do sexy things while studying abroad? Whatever you dream about, we want you to write down 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 theme is INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: erotic study abroad experiences. Thinking boy-on-boy, phe-on-phe, shaking up the beds while a Parisian breeze blows in through the window? Get as creative as you can, just as long as you do not include the real first and last names of the people you write about if your story comes from personal experience.

Length (of the story, of course) can vary; we embrace all styles. If you are inclined to make art instead of writing, drawings, paintings, and other media are also welcome.

Submit your stories to eroticasheec@gmail.com or campus box #3354 by March 16th. Sign them with your real name and/or your campus box # so we can contact you. Winners will be announced March 17th via our Facebook page, website, and Twitter account (@brownsheec). Let the games begin!

Peg-Ass-Us

Peg-Ass-Us

  • March 15th @ 7:30 PM @ Rites & Reasons Theatre (155 Angell St.)
  • A hilariously penetrating look at queer sex for straight folks, complete with sing-a-longs, how-to’s, romance, puppets and soul-baring striptease. John Leo and Sophie Nimmannit have crafted perhaps the silliest, most heartfelt romantic comedy about anal sex imaginable. Build in their passionate lover’s quarrels that unearth the messy entanglements of desire, fear, the need for acceptance, the hope for a sexual revolution – and the duo bumbles to a climax where everyone gets off. Be forewarned–there will be some nudity at this event!

KinkForAll Providence 2

Ah, I remember the notorious KinkForAll [Providence] that began a slew of attacks on SHEEC, Sex Week, our presenters, and our Chair last year…attacks that continued this year (and keep cropping up at lovely times)…

Well, we’re having one again in the name of education, the right to free speech, and SEXUAL FREEDOM. It promises to be even better than the first, so don’t miss it.

KinkforAll Providence 2

  • March 19th @ Smith-Buonanno Hall, 1st and 2nd floors (95 Cushing St.)
  • KinkForAll Providence 2 is a full day of discussions and presentations centered on the intersection between sexuality and the rest of life, created by you, the event participants. Oh yeah, and it’s totally free. Take this opportunity to come listen in and/or present on topics you are passionate about! Please sign up on the wiki and read up about it. (There’s also the FB event)

Brown/RISD Erotica Contest 2011 [Updated]

Think Brown and RISD are…stimulating places? Write* your sexiest/kinkiest/funniest piece of erotica and submit it to enter our contest. The only requirement is that you title your piece with the name of a Brown (or RISD) course and draw clear inspiration from it. Get creative! Put those wacky course titles to use, or give us a new spin on a clichéd class name. Anything goes, just don’t include real first or last names or overly identifying details. Length can vary, but we encourage all shapes and sizes to be submitted!

Winners will receive a prize from one of our Sex Week sponsors and get their story posted (credited if desired) on the SHEEC website.

Send your stories to eroticasheec@gmail.com or campus box #2306 by March 17th. Sign them with your real name and/or your campus box # so we can contact you. Winners will be announced at our March 18th dance in the Kasper Multipurpose Room.

*If you are inclined to make art instead of writing something, go for it.

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WINNERS:

  • Alexander the Great and the Alexander Tradition by Rod Bonerski
  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics by E.S.
  • Set of 4 Pieces by Abe P.

An Allegory in Response to Folks Bashing Sex Week

My advisor is a fanatic about underwater photography, and so, is also a scuba diving enthusiast. Throughout our advising sessions, she’s talked to me a lot about the scuba-diving conferences she’s gone to in her life.

The first thing I asked her was this: “Professor, do all these events have to happen in aquatic centers? I mean, surely, the conference’s goal is to get people to try scuba diving if they haven’t, right?”

And she shook her head. “No, of course not! These conferences are about scuba diving as an entity: subcultures form around it, ecosystems of equipment and accouterments are invented to enhance the dive, the political issues around diving near shipwrecks, etc., and we talk about all of this, but we also know that the actual act of scuba diving isn’t for everyone. Some can’t swim. Some don’t like water. The organizers understand that some are terrified or disgusted by the idea of volutarily going under water, breathing air from a tank, and that’s why no one’s forced to attend any of our lectures. I certainly enjoy scuba diving, but I’d never forcefully encourage anyone to do so if he didn’t want to.”

This started sounding pretty interesting. “Subcultures? Political issues?”

My advisor nodded in that knowing way. “Did you know that some cultures make a big deal of the “first dive,” that it is somewhat of a rite of passage? Not everyone treats it as a perfunctory ‘oh, let me rent a wetsuit and hire an instructor’ sport as we do nowadays. So there was a lecture on that…There was also an excellent talk by this English professor who discussed scuba diving in literature, and how it reflects attitudes various cultures have taken toward it.”

“This conference has also invited medical professionals to talk about conditions that make scuba diving an unsuitable activity for a person, or what the health risks of scuba were, but to discuss what conditioning exercises someone could do to increase their suitability for scuba diving, and, especially, what one should do to minimize risk of injury.”

I was nodding with interest, but started to get a little puzzled. I mean, doesn’t this theory stuff get boring? What about people who really do want to, forgive the pun, dive right in?

“They had demonstrations of various tanks and masks, and some people get to try them on. That’s actually fairly important–does this mask hurt my face? Is this tank the right size for my body? Equipment’s expensive, you know, and no one wants to make a less-than-fully-informed purchase. Dive enthusiasts, all trained, are nearby to answer questions.”

“There was also an interesting talk on alternative dive-related activities, and their legality. They’re seen as riskier, but if practiced safely, aren’t really any more dangerous than ordinary diving. Nevertheless, some areas will revoke your dive permit if you’re caught attempting one of these activities, which is a questionable decision, in my opinion, of course. Some feel that as long as the risk is known to the diver and the activity doesn’t damage the environment or other divers, it’s ok.”

I now had a question. “And what stance do the conference organizers take on these alternative dive-forms?”

“Generally, the attitude is towards one of personal responsibility. Like, if you’re advanced enough as a diver–physically, intellectually, technically–to research these dives, you should be allowed to attempt them. But we don’t at all encourage people to try them, or imply that these forms are superior in any way. I love plunging down a few dozen feet and just waiting for a beautiful sea creature to float by.”

So now I actually had to go to class, but I wanted to ask one final question. “I have to go to class now, but can you send me a link to this conference? I’m really curious about scuba-diving and its many facets. Though, I can’t swim. I would have flunked Cornell. Would I be uncomfortable? No one’s going to push me into the pool, right?”

She gave me a look that was a definitive “no.” “No, no one’s going to push you into the pool or even put a mask on you. That might happen at a pool party, but this conference isn’t one. I’ll send you the link. Have a good class!”

I’m not sure if I like swimming. but from that conversation, I knew that if there was ever a place to learn about responsible, safe scuba diving, it was at one of those conferences.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sexuality educators set the record straight: “Talking about sexuality does not increase sexually transmitted infections” despite what non-experts report.

For Immediate Release
Sexuality educators set the record straight: “Talking about sexuality does not increase sexually transmitted infections” despite what non-experts report.

Contact: 
Megan Andelloux
HiOhMegan@gmail.com
401-345-8685

Contact: Aida Manduley
Aida_manduley@brown.edu
787-233-0025

In yet another attempt to shut down access to quality sex education, South-Eastern New England conservative advocates hit the sex panic button in a multi-state, email and phone campaign to colleges all over New England last week.

On February 3rd and 4th , certified sexuality educator and sexologist Megan Andelloux (AASECT, ACS) received word that numerous colleges and university faculty received a document stating that colleges who brought sex educators such as Ms. Andelloux onto their campuses were linked to the increasing rate of transmission of HIV in RI. Furthermore, among other misleading “facts” that were “cited,” the author of this bulletin claimed that Brown University was facing an HIV crisis, which is false.

Citizens Against Trafficking, the face behind the fear-mongering, spammed numerous local institutions from a University of Rhode Island account with its latest malicious missive that targeted specific individuals as well as Brown University. The author of the letter, Margaret Brooks, an Economics Professor at Bridgewater State, suggested that colleges and universities that host sexuality speakers, including those who are professionally accredited, are partly to blame for the four new cases of HIV which have been diagnosed amongst RI college students this year.

Ms. Andelloux states: “My heart goes out to those students who have recently tested positive for HIV. However, there is no evidence of any link between campus presentations on sexual issues and the spike in HIV cases. Rather, I would suggest that this demonstrates a need for more high-quality sex education to college students.“ It is unclear why people at URI or Citizens Against Trafficking, a coalition to combat all forms of human trafficking, is attempting to stop adults from accessing sexual information from qualified, trained educators. What is certain however, is that this Professor of Economics miscalculated her suggestion that a correlation exists between increased HIV rates in Rhode Island and the type of sex education these speakers provided at Brown University: one that emphasized accurate information, risk-reduction, pleasure, and health.

Barrier methods have been shown by the CDC to reduce the transmission of HIV and other STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections). Research has shown that when individuals have access to medically accurate information, are aware of sexual risk reduction methods, and have access to learn about sexual health, the number of infections and transmission of STIs decreases, pain during sex decreases, and condom use increases. The CAT circulated bulletin is blatantly misleading about many issues, and often omits information that is crucial to understanding the full picture of sex education at Brown and in Rhode Island.

When individuals who do not hold any background in sexuality education speak out in opposition because of their fear or prejudice, society becomes rooted in outdated beliefs and pseudo-science that do injustice to people everywhere. Furthermore, when those individuals personally and publicly attack those devoted to providing sex education with false and misinformed accusations, it not only hurts those who are defamed, but also the community at large.

We ask for an immediate retraction of the vilifying and inaccurate statements made by Ms. Margaret Brooks and Citizens Against Trafficking in their latest newsletter. We also ask that esteemed local universities such as URI and Bridgewater State continue to hold their employees to ethical standards of normal scientific inquiry and require that their faculty hold some modicum of expertise in a field of education before raising the public level of panic over it.

Megan Andelloux is available to answer any questions the press, Margaret Brooks, University of Rhode Island or Citizens Against Trafficking holds. Aida Manduley, the Chair of Brown University’s Sexual Health Education and Empowerment Council and Brown University’s is available to discuss the upcoming Sex Week and sexuality workshops held at Brown University.

Signed,
Megan Andelloux
Shanna Katz
Reid Mihalko
Aida Manduley

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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.