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Sex Week Fall 2014 Schedule
Science Center Plaza
Check out the SHEATH Sex Week table on the Science Center lawn! We will have safer sex supplies, educational materials, and interactive activities. Sex Week organizers, peer counseling groups, and representatives from Sex Week cosponsors will be on hand to answer any questions. Come say hi!
Sunday, November 2
Brown Girlz Do it Well: a Queer Diaspora Remix
2:00 pm, Ticknor Lounge
Join Harvard South Asian Association and SHEATH for a creative workshop by Dark Matter and a discussion on explore our own narratives of family, queerness, and diaspora. The intention is to situate our personal narratives within broader systems of racism, casteism, classism, islamophobia, and imperialism.
DARKMATTER is a trans south asian art and activist collaboration comprised of Janani and Aloo. Using poetry & polemic, tweet & tirade DM is committed to an art practice of gender self(ie)determination, racial justice, and movement building. DM has been invited to perform and facilitate workshops across the world. you can follow their antics at www.darkmatterrage.com or @darkmatterrage.
Monday, November 3
SEXY AND I KNOW IT: Sex Ed 101
5:00 pm, Sever 202
What’s an internal condom? How about a dental dam? If you’re looking for a sex-ed primer, this is the place to be. Sex educator Shira Cahn-Lipman will interactively teach us about the do’s and dont’s of safer sex practices in an inclusive way. All genders and sexualities are encouraged to join us for a primer or a refresher on how to safely enjoy sex!
Losing Your (Concept of) Virginity
6:00 – 7:30 pm, Harvard College Women’s Center (Canaday B basement)
This event aims to explore the myths, stigmas, and popular ideas surrounding virginity. Through documentary clips, activities, and group discussions, we will consider the historical context of virginity and its different social, political, personal, and religious meanings. All are welcome to attend and share their thoughts, though no sharing of personal experience is required, and no identities are assumed. Does virginity matter? How does a person lose their virginity? What does virginity really mean? And what does it mean to you?
Tuesday, November 4
What What in the Butt: Anal Sex 101
5:00 pm, Sever 113
Come learn everything about anal sex from the experts of Good Vibrations, a sex-positive store located right in Brookline! They will dispel myths about anal sex and give you insight into why people do it and how to do it well. They will cover a wide variety of topics, including: anal anatomy and the potential for pleasure for all genders; how to talk about it with a partner; basic preparation and hygiene; lubes, anal toys, and safer sex; anal penetration for beginners, and much more! Learn the facts about this exciting yet often misunderstood form of pleasure, find out the common mistakes people make, and get all your questions answered!
#SellingSexy – How our social culture is shaping the future of entertainment
8:00 pm, Sever 113
Cosponsored by the Radcliffe Union of Students
Wednesday, November 5
#HearOurStories: A Digital Story Screening
7:00 pm, Fong Auditorium
An exciting event on sexual rights, social justice and young parenthood. In partnership with the UMass Amherst Hear Our Stories project, the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy and the Harvard College International Women’s Rights Collective are proud to host a youth-led screening of digital stories created by young mothers as part of Harvard Sex Week. This event will illuminate the multi-layered identities of young parents and intersection of issues faced by young people including violence, discrimination, and homelessness. Following the screening will be a panel with some of the young women who created the digital stories.
Cosponsored by the Harvard College International Women’s Rights Collective
Thursday, November 6
Sexual Health Career Panel
4:00 pm, Ticknor Lounge
The annual Sexual Health Career fair will highlight opportunities available to students for careers in sexual health, reproductive justice, BGLTQ advocacy, and other related fields. Come speak to representatives from a wide range of organizations, including the Aids Action Committee, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Planned Parenthood, and Global Protection Corps, and hear about summer internships and post-grad job opportunities. The event will feature a panel discussion on career paths in sexual health, followed by a meet & greet career fair. Hosted by SHARC (Sexual Health and Relationship Counselors) in partnership with Sex Week at Harvard.
Cosponsored by Sexual Health And Relationship Counselors (SHARC)
Jungle Fever: On Exotification
6:00 pm, Ticknor Lounge
Have you ever said or heard the following?
I love [insert racial or ethnic group here] because they always [insert stereotype about said racial or ethnic group]!
If so, then you have either experienced or participated in exotification. Exotification means objectifying someone’s racial or ethnic identity, treating that identity–and that identity alone–as what defines them or makes them desirable. To learn more about exotification and its problematic nature, come to the exotification panel on November 6th from 6-8 pm in TIcknor Lounge.
Friday, November 7
Fifty Shades of False: Kink, Fantasy, and Fetish
4:30 pm, Sever 106
Fifty Shades of False: Kink, Fantasy, and Fetish will explore supposedly “taboo” topics in sexuality, namely the kinky. Munch, Harvard’s Kink and Alternative Sexuality group will run a presentation on kink through the lens of the ever popular Fifty Shades of Grey. This presentation will attempt to expose and attempt to correct inaccuracies in the book’s portrayal of kink.
Cosponsored by Harvard College Munch
Open Mic Night
8 pm, Dudley Co-Op
Join SHEATH and Speak Out Loud, Harvard’s only spoken word poetry group, at 8pm on Friday, November 7th for an open mic! Poetry, food, and friendly faces will populate this casual Sex Week event while providing an open and relaxed space to consider the other topics addressed throughout the week. Following the open mic will be the annual Sex Week party (more food!).
Cosponsored by Harvard College Speak Out Loud
Saturday, November 8
Love @ First Swipe: Online Hookup Culture
4:30 pm, Sever 113
Grindr? Tindr? whats the technique? whats the upside/downside?
About That Elephant
8 pm, Sever 113
About That Elephant is a performance poetry duo made up of bxk and Cassandra Euphrat Weston, two friends working toward a more just world. We aspire to ask questions always, to find answers sometimes, and to challenge our own complicity even when it gets tough. Our poetry puzzles through our experiences of gender, race, faith, and queerness; the politics of language; the spaces we consider home; and the complexities of making change happen through art. We like to experiment with movement and performance. (Sometimes it gets weird.) We are committed to finding the elephants hiding in our rooms, and we hope to encourage our audiences to search for their own as well. Check out our website and follow us on facebook. Sever hall is wheelchair accessible, and there will be a gender non-specific bathroom downstairs.
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