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Will Activist Law Student Group That Backed Fluke Condemn Chapter's ‘Slut Pride' Celebration?

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Grandma may be proud that you're going to Harvard Law...you just might not want to tell her that while paying $47,600 a year for tuition, you are also spending time at the "Sex-Positivity and Slut-Pride" workshops.

Harvard University kicks off Sex Week this Monday, coordinated by the student-run organization Sexual Health Education & Advocacy throughout Harvard College (SHEATH). What is Sex Week at Harvard? An event website explains:

"Sex Week at Harvard intends to promote a week of programming that is interdisciplinary, thought-provoking, scholastic, innovative, and applicable to student experiences in order to promote a holistic understanding of sex and sexuality. Our goal is to connect diverse individuals and communities both within and beyond Harvard through common human experiences with love, sex, sexuality, and relationships. Sex Week 2012 will be held the last week of March, March 25-31."

One of the event's sponsors is the Harvard chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice(LSRJ). The Harvard LSRJ will sponsor and lead several events during the week, including co-hosting Monday's "Sex-Positivity and Slut-Pride: Sex Tips for a Modern World from Good Vibrations." The event description reads:

"Join HLSRJ and Good Vibrations for a short discussion of sex-positivity, a demo of lube and some popular sex toys, then Q&A. Free Food!"

No details on where to wash your hands before the food.

LSRJ is a nationwide organization "that focuses on the promotion of reproduction justice as a central civil and human right." The organization promotes curriculum enrichment for "new course offerings in Reproductive Rights Law and Justice, the provision of supplemental educational tools, and increased scholarship on reproductive justice and the law."

The LSRJ National Office also supports law students in "their valiant efforts to gain contraceptive coverage in student health insurance," and efforts to "transform local policies to advance reproductive justice for marginalized populations in their communities; increase access to emergency contraception; write amici curiae briefs in domestic and international court cases; raise money for abortion funds and post-natal maternal healthcare; and recruit volunteers for clinic defense work."

A notable LSRJ member is Sandra Fluke of the organization's chapter at Georgetown Law. As Fluke became a national figure following her testimony before a congressional committee regarding contraception costs and her opinion on the mandate controversy, LSRJ released a statement supporting Fluke as outcry grew against radio-host Rush Limbaugh following his comments about the law student.

"Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) is proud of our member Sandra Fluke for her courage and commitment in the face of cruelty. Fluke is the Georgetown law student whose contraceptive access advocacy has been called into question with language that falls, as Fluke said in her  press statement, 'far beyond the acceptable bounds of civil discourse.' Such personal attacks are intended to shame women out of advocacy and into silence, but Fluke refuses to back down, 'No woman deserves to be disrespected in this manner. This language is an attack on all women, and has been used throughout history to silence our voices.'"

But do events hosted by LSRJ's Harvard chapter that use language like "Slut-Pride" follow the same standards advocated by the LSRJ national organization and Fluke in rejection to her critics? Cornell Law School Professor William A. Jacobson writes in the blog Legal Insurrection that the event is "more evidence of the education bubble:"

 "If only they had offered such activities when I was at Harvard Law School, I might have amounted to something.

Um, did they say “Slut-Pride”?

Boycott Harvard! Or at least its advertisers donors."

What do you think of the LSRJ national organization should do? Support the event or condemn language that some may perceive as "an attack on all women."

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