A “Sex Weekend” workshop at Yale University Saturday apparently encouraged an open discussion of incest, bestiality, prostitution, and consensual pain during intercourse.
Campus Reform relates:
During the workshop, entitled, “Sex: Am I Normal,” students anonymously asked and answered questions about sex using their cell phones, and viewed the responses in real time in the form of bar charts.
The session was hosted by “sexologist” Dr. Jill McDevitt, who owns a sex store called Feminique in West Chester, Pa.
Survey responses revealed that nine percent of attendees had been paid for sex, 3 percent had engaged in bestiality, and 52 percent had participated in “consensual pain” during sex, according to an article published in the Yale Daily News on Monday.
Event director Giuliana Berry ’14 told Campus Reform in an interview on Monday that the workshop was brought to campus to teach students not to automatically judge people who may have engaged in these sorts of activities, but rather to respond with “understanding” and “compassion.”
“People do engage in some of these activities that we believe only for example perverts engage in,” she said. “What the goal is is to increase compassion for people who may engage in activities that are not what you would personally consider normal.”
McDevitt referred to the range of activities discussed in the workshop as “sexual diversity.”
The Yale Daily News corroborates the statistics, adding that one of the goals of the seminar was to get people to reevaluate their idea of “normal.”
“People don’t think a college student at an Ivy League university would accept payment for sex but I’ve never [asked] this question on a college campus and not had ‘yes’ answers,” McDevitt commented. “That brings us back to the idea that you can’t have assumptions about people’s backgrounds.”
McDevitt’s website has a promotional video for the “Sex: Am I Normal?” lecture, which she gives at colleges across the country. Here’s how she describes it:
The Yale event was organized by a board of 7 students and sponsored by the Yale Women’s Center, among other groups. Apparently turnout was limited to about 55 students.
The Daily News has still more shocking information from the lecture:
At Saturday’s workshop, multiple student-submitted discussions topics were about sexual fantasies involving family members. When students shared their thoughts on incest, three responses were related to fantasies about fathers.
“At first yes, the fact that so many people brought it up surprised me but then I though it might be more of a psychological thing we might all have,” said attendee Alex Saeedy ’15. “I think that’s what the point of the workshop was — to bring up things we thought were so taboo and desire or urges we criticize are just regular parts of sexual psychology.” [Emphasis added]
McDevitt explained to Campus Reform: “It’s sensitivity training…Don’t judge other people, because we all have something we are embarrassed about.”
(H/T: Campus Reform)