Yale University is beginning to plan for “Sex Week” in February of 2013. Here’s a burning question: Will the members of Harvard’s new BDSM club be invited? Who knew Ivies were so obsessed with sex?
Cynthia Hua of Yale Daily News reports.
Sex Week planned for February
Sex Week is returning to Yale this year.
The weeklong series of events on sex-related topics usually takes place once every two years, but organizers decided to begin hosting the events annually to make Sex Week more institutionalized and familiar to students. Organizers decided to abridge the event series into Sex Week(end), which will begin Thursday, Feb. 28 and last through that weekend, in part because they did not want to compete with the February 2013 IvyQ conference for funding and publicity. Sex Week(end) co-director Ruby Spiegel ’15 said she expects events this year to be “less controversial” than last year, when Sex Week came after the 2011 report from the Advisory Committee on Campus Climate recommended Yale ban the event series.
“We want to follow the vein of [last year’s] Sex Week … but [we also] want to set forth a well-articulated and positive framework of what sex is without [having to be] on the defensive,” co-director Hannah Mogul-Adlin ’13 said.
Although students have organized Sex Week(end) in the past, the event has been sporadic, Spiegel said. She added that holding Sex Week events on an annual basis will help the events become less shocking each time they take place and foster more consistent dialogue about sex on campus.
Sex Week(end) has received strong support from administrators, including Yale College Dean Mary Miller and Assistant Dean Melanie Boyd, Mogul-Adlin said. The current model for the event series has addressed many past criticisms, including the Marshall Committee’s recommendation that Sex Week not have commercial sponsors, Spiegel said. She added that this year’s event will voluntarily adhere to the committee’s recommendations.