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Science Center lawn, Harkness Commons
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!
Stop by the HLSRJ table in Harkness Commons everyday from 12-1 pm to learn more about sexual health, sexual and reproductive justice and HLSRJ. Also, visit our tumblr at hlssexweek.tumblr.com.
Late Night Film Series
Pfohorzheimer House, Dining Hall, Monday 3/26, 8 PM – Secretary.
Winthrop House, Tonkens Room, Tuesday 3/27, 7:30 PM -Weekend.
Women’s Center Lounge, Wednesday 3/28, 7 PM - Easy A.
Lowell House, Junior Common Room, Thursday 3/29, 8 PM - The Jeweler’s Shop.
Sunday, March 25
Spring Fever: Exploring Your Sexuality
7:30PM, Emerson 210
Wondering about how to figure out what feels good for your own body, what your partners really want, or what’s desirable about desire in the first place? Leap into spring with Megan Andelloux, certified Sexologist and Sexuality Educator! Sex Week kicks off with an exploration of budding opportunities for experimenting (and experienced) players thinking about getting frisky. Megan will share her insights about whether or not desire is really desirable, how to stay safe while staying sexy, and what makes the brain your most important sex organ. Through discussion, videos, and on-the-spot activities, learn skills and gain knowledge to help you figure out how, if, or when you want to do the horizontal tango! Got more questions? Megan will be available for questions in a safe space after the workshop.
Note: No nudity will be involved.
Monday, March 26
Sex-Positivity and Slut-Pride: Sex Tips for a Modern World from Good Vibrations
12PM, West Milstein A
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!
Guilty Pleasure, Sacred Delight: Diverse Jewish Perspectives on Sex
5-6:30PM, Hillel, Rabb Hall
Woody Allen once famously said, “Love is the answer… but while you’re waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty interesting questions.” What does Judaism have to say about sex? A lot, apparently! Join the rabbis of Hillel (Rabanit Sharon Weiss Greenberg, Adam Lavitt, Rabbi Jonah Steinberg, and Margot Meitner) of Harvard Hillel as each presents a short, interesting (dare we say stimulating), and often surprising Jewish teaching about sex, intimacy, and love, followed by an engaging and interactive conversation on Jewish approaches to sex. Grab dinner in the Hillel dining hall beforehand!
Sponsored by the Harvard Hillel
How to Talk to Your Doctor About Sex
6:30-8PM, Adams Lower Common Room
From answering the inevitable “are you sexually active?” to wondering about whether or not you should be tested, what contraceptive method is right for you, or what you even need to know, navigating your sexual health care can be a nightmare! Get tips on how to ask potentially embarrassing questions, as well as medically accurate information about your sexual health inclusive of all genders and sexualities. Join Dr. Bruce Churchill, Nurse Practitioner Kate Luethy, and Nurse Practitioner Nina Meltzer of UHS, along with Stefanie Boltz from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, to find out what you always wanted to know about your sexual health, and how not to be afraid to ask!
Sponsored by the Harvard College Women’s Center, co-sponsored by the Radcliffe Union of Students
Hooking Up on Campus
8PM, Science Center D
Hooking up is happening at Harvard–at least, so it appears from I Saw You Harvard. But what is the hook up culture all about, and what is it really like? Popular sociologist Dr. Lisa Wade shares her scholarly work on hook up culture on college campuses across this nation. College students are having sex, it’s true–but the details might surprise you! Lisa will use survey data and first-person stories to reveal the real hook up culture, arguing that we should be worried about the sexual culture on college campuses, but not for the reasons you might think.
Sponsored by the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
Tuesday, March 27
Sex, Faith, & Reason: The Real Hook-up
12-1:30PM, PBH Parlor Room
“I bet that I can make you believe in love and sex and…” Confused about how to make choices while weighing factors such as ethics, faith, common sense, upbringing, contraception, guilt, fear, inexperience, hooking up, peer pressure, and family expectations? Take advantage of this opportunity to engage in small-group discussions about love and sex with diverse Harvard students, and to learn about other peoples’ points of view. Harvard chaplains from Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Quaker, Mennonite, Baha’i, evangelical, humanist, etc. backgrounds will be on hand to answer questions. Feel free to drop in at any time! Small group discussion will take place between 12:10-1:10 PM.
Sponsored by the Harvard Chaplains
Affirmative Consent and Criminal Law
6-8PM, Griswold 110
Judge Nancy Gertner will discuss affirmative consent and criminal law in the US- how it does or doesn’t fit into the criminal law today, and where we could go from here. Non-pizza dinner provided.
Sponsored by HLSRJ, co-hosted by the Women’s Law Association and Journal of Law and Gender
Munch with Mollena Williams
7:30-8:30PM, Quincy Spindell Room
You are invited to join the kinky, the kink curious, and our allies for a munch! A munch is a social gathering for people involved in or interested in BDSM, usually at a restaurant. It is deliberately low-key, and DOES NOT involve “Play” (BDSM, kink or sexual interactions). This is really a place for like-minded people to get together, relax, chat, and get to know one another. It is an excellent way to provide safe-space for socializing on those topics that might not go so well over dinner with Mom & Dad or around the printer at work. Dinner from Noch’s provided. RSVP here.
What What (In the Butt): Anal Pleasure 101
4PM, Ticknor Lounge
Come learn everything about anal sex from the expert, Tristan Taormino, author of two books and director of six sex ed films on the subject! Tristan will dispel myths about anal sex and give you insight into why people do it and how to do it well. She’ll cover a wide variety of topics, including: anal anatomy and the potential for pleasure for men and women; 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!
8PM, Science Center C
Ever found yourself tongue-tied when trying to talk to a partner? A golden rule in sex: quality communication leads to quality participation. Step up your word game with Ben Privot of The Consensual Project. From flirting to sex, and from hook ups to relationships, uncover the language of how to communicate, discover, and savor the common desires you can find with your paramour. Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to get wordy while you get dirty, extra attention will be directed on talking dirty.
Sponsored by the Center for Wellness
Wednesday, March 28
BDSM 101: Kink, Negotiation, and Safety
4PM, Ticknor Lounge
S&M is more than just a popular song by Rihanna, but what are BDSM and kink really all about? Performer, writer, and international kink & BDSM educator Mollena Williams will outline the basics before discussing the many reasons that self knowledge helps everyone find a more fulfilling sense of themselves, and attract and maintain more suitable relationships. Exploring alternative sexualities requires self-knowledge and the capacity to speak about fantasies, desires, wants and needs. In this workshop, participants will learn the language and skills necessary to describe their core kinks, motivations, fears, expectations, and what they bring to the table while keeping an eye on safety and consent. This class is for everyone, from first-time newbie to decades old players: we ALL can benefit from taking a moment to slow our roll and re-examine our role!
Sex Machines vs. Sex Objects: How Stereotypes Subvert Sexual Pleasure
7:30PM, Fong Auditorium
They say “sex sells,” but what exactly is it selling? And what does it have to do with sea monkeys? In this provocative talk Dr. Lisa Wade returns to Sex Week to argue that both men and women, in different ways, have something to gain by resisting the sexual values that dominate mass media.
Sponsored by the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
God Says Sex is Good
8:00PM, Sever 113
Please note the location change
God says that sex is good. This claim stands in dramatic tension with Western society’s dominant perception of the relationship between Christianity and sex. Perhaps the last thing most modern people would say to describe basic Christian convictions about human sexuality is that they are beautiful, or good, or life-giving. Instead, words like intolerant, repressive, harmful and archaic are more typically employed adjectives for the biblical teaching on sex. What does the Christian faith teach about the purpose and meaning of human sexuality? Can such a vision lead compellingly to genuine human flourishing and freedom, or is it destined to fade into obscurity in the midst of other competing “stories of sex” that increasingly fascinate our generation? We invite you to join us for a lecture by Ministry Fellow Nick Nowalk and small group discussions about human sexuality in light of the Christian story.
Sponsored by Harvard College Faith & Action
Thursday, March 29
Sexual Assault and Female Solidarity
12PM, Griswold 110
Professor Diane Rosenfeld will discuss sexual assault and the promise of female solidarity in healing and fighting back. Brown-bag lunch.
Sponsored by HLSRJ
Filling the Gap: LGBTQ Sex Ed
6:30PM, Emerson 101
Often times the safe sex conversation leaves queer people out, but practicing safe sex is important no matter what your sexual orientation is. Kendra Moore, Community Educator at Fenway Health, will fill the gap by providing information on the risks sex presents and will explore ways to protect against those risks, and aiding attendees in developing techniques for clear communication, highlighting available resources.
Sponsored by the Queer Students & Allies, cosponsored by the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response
Sex Trivia Night!
8PM, the Kong
Sex Trivia! Join HLSRJ and HL Central for drinks and sex-themed trivia leading into Bar Review. Fun prizes and drink tickets!
Sponsored by HLSRJ
Asexuality and Queering Intimacy
4-5:30PM, Women’s Center lounge (Canaday B basement)
What is the nature of desire in sexual relationships, orientation, and expression? Can we build alternative models of relationships based on negotiation and trust? And what is asexuality? David Jay, the prominent asexual activist known for founding asexuality.org and the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) will introduce attendees to terms such as “homoromantic” and lead a discussion on discovering and creating safe, sex-positive, queer- and ace-friendly spaces. After the talk, you will have a chance to ask more questions in a safe space.
Co-sponsored by the Office of BGLTQ Student Life, Contact Peer Counseling, and the Radcliffe Union of Students
Can Porn Be Ethical?
8-9:30PM, Sever 112
From Erika Christakis’s op ed in The Boston Globe to an IOP Forum with Michael Sandel and Jean Bethke Elshtain on the politics of pornography, Harvard has a long tradition of debating the ethics of pornography, its potential, and its complexities, and the rise of pornography on the Internet brings these discussions into the 21st century. Join Lux Alptraum, editor of the popular sexuality and adult entertainment blog Fleshbot, for a moderated panel discussion with Ned Mayhem ’07, Eva Rosenberg ’10, Iman James ’12, and Professor Brad Epps to explore the lasting social impact of pornography on its performers and its consumers. Panelists will discuss the ways in which pornography colors our everyday experiences with sex, sexuality, and sexual violence in the hopes of illuminating the dark corners of desire.
Sexual Health Career Panel & Jobs and Internship Fair
4-6PM, Ticknor Lounge
If you’re looking for a career in sexual health (or wondering what a career in the field of sexual health even looks like!), take this chance to find out about summer internships or post-graduation career options! Join Kendra Moore (Women’s Health Outreach Coordinator at Fenway Health), Dr. Justin Lehmiller (Pyschology 1703: Human Sexuality lecturer), Karyn Lewis (SANE nurse), and Dr. Lydia Shrier (clinical researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital) to learn about their fascinating career paths and current occupations, and ask questions about your options in sex education, sexual health and wellness, reproductive advocacy and activism, and medical research. After the panel discussion, join us for a meet and greet with representatives from various sexual health-related organizations and companies.
Sex at Harvard: 40 Years of the Indy Sex Issue
7:30PM, Ticknor Lounge
You may have seen the Indy sex survey circulating on your house list this week–ever wonder what the results are? The Harvard Independent has proudly brought sex to the forefront in one of its weekly issues every year since it was founded. Join the staff of the Indy for a retrospective of sex here at Harvard, as we explore our archives for the juiciest morsels of history in sexual culture – and learn a bit about today’s Harvardian sexual mélange while you’re at it!
Sponsored by the Harvard Independent
Sex, Sass, and Soul: An Open Mic at the Dudley Co-op
8:30PM, Dining Room of Dudley Co-Op, 3 Sacramento Street (off Mass Ave)
Need to sexpress yourself? The Dudley Co-op would love to help. The stage (read: dining room) is open for words, music, or movement on intimacy, love, sex, relationships, and everything else in between. Expect sexy homemade dessert, beautiful people, and wonderful company.
Sponsored by the Dudley Co-op and co-sponsored by Harvard College Speak Out Loud
Saturday, March 31
Making Sense of Abstinence
2PM, Harvard Hall 102
Tired of only talking about abstinence over HarvardFML? Take this chance to discuss the more complex realities of choosing not to have sex, and the wide variety of reasons for doing so! Join sexual health educator Melissa Keyes DiGioia to talk about the complexities of sexual abstinence, what abstinence even is, and what it means to be abstinent, and the behaviors that are permitted or excluded as part of one’s definition of abstinence.
Racial Exotification and Sexual Stereotypes
4-5:30PM, Science Center A
Is there any truth to phrases like “Italian Stallion” and “Latin Lover”? How do they affect members of these communities? Join a cross-section of many Harvard communities to discuss the idea of “trying” a race and to give voice to how race affects our sexual attractions and relationships. Enjoy snacks and refreshments alongside a montage of media clips, an open mic session, and two separate student panels moderated by Scott Poulson-Bryant, author of Hung: A Meditation on the Measure of Black Men in America.
Sponsored by the Dominican Students Association, co-sponsored by the Harvard Foundation, Chinese Students Association, Asian American Association, Latinas Unidas, Organization of Asian American Sisters in Service, Latino Men’s Collective, Fuerza Latina, Half Asian People’s Association, African Students Association
8th Annual Female Orgasm Seminar
8-10PM, Science Center B
Missed out on getting your vagina cupcake or free sex toy last year? Come hear Dr. Logan Levkoff‘s lecture at the 8th annual Female Orgasm Seminar! If you missed out on getting a seat last year, this is your chance to learn about the mysteries and vagaries of orgasm–all genders are invited to this celebration of female sexuality. Win sex toys and erotic pastries, and stock up on free condoms and lube; the sports team with the most members present wins a cake! Have questions after the lecture? You can get specific answers in an anonymous Q&A session after the presentation.
Please arrive EARLY in order to secure a seat!
Sponsored by the Radcliffe Union of Students