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On the evening of May 12, students attending The “O” Factor can expect a stimulating discussion about female orgasms, the film “The Clitoris” and female masturbation, as well as other topics related to the female body and sexuality.

The event is free and open to people of all experience levels, knowledge and genders.  It will take place May 12 at 7 p.m. in Haggard Hall 345 on.

The event is cosponsored by the AS Sexual Awareness Center (SAC) and the AS Vagina Club.

The event is open to people of all genders and sexual orientations, Royce Andrews, SAC assistant coordinator, said.  The SAC hopes that both female-bodied and non-female bodied people will come to learn how to pleasure themselves and their partners as well as discuss issues and topics surrounding the female orgasm.

During the first half of the two-hour event the film “The Clitoris” will be shown.  The SAC acknowledges that “The Clitoris” is a heteronormative film, but the discussion will focus on information important to people of all genders and sexual orientations. Andrews emphasized that the event is going to be inclusive.

After the film, attendees will be invited to write on a note card what turns them on, their gender and at what age they began to have orgasms, Andrews said.  The cards will be placed on the board at the front of the room.  She said people will be invited to look through the cards to see if there are patterns.  The note card activity is completely voluntary.
A discussion—with audience participation—will follow the note card activity.  The conversation will touch on many topics that concern women’s sexuality and pleasure.  The focus of the event is sexual empowerment through female orgasms.

Discussions at SAC events are always confidential and are designed to be welcoming and safe environments to encourage people to share how they feel and what they think.

One of the subjects of the discussion will be the “vaginal orgasm myth,” which says that the only way for a woman to orgasm is through penetration, Andrews said.  Pornography will also be discussed, as well as its role in perpetuating the “vaginal orgasm myth,” because the general image in pornography is of women having orgasms just through penetration, not clitoral stimulation.

The conversation will also analyze the culture and stigmatizations that surround female orgasms, the myth that the clitoris is not important and genital mutilation, Andrews said.

The discussion will also cover the importance of orgasms, how to orgasm and when an orgasm is essential or when it is not.

“Sometimes it is important to think about the ride and not the destination,” Andrews said.

Another aspect of the discussion will focus on female orgasms in a relationship.  It will ask the question, “When does sex end?”

“Why do we hear that sex ends when the man orgasms and not the woman?” Andrews said.

Men have the expectation that they will orgasm, but women don’t feel like they have that right, Andrews said.
“Women have a right to orgasm,” she said.

At the end of the discussion people will be able to anonymously share tips about how to talk to partners about sex and orgasms and how to prolong sex and orgasms as well as female masturbation tips and ideas.

“People should go because it’s important to break down that taboo that is built up around female sexuality,” Andrews said.

By participating and raising their voices, female-bodied people can help break down stereotypes, she said.

The event is designed to help people celebrate sex and have it be positive, Andrews said.  It’s important for fewer women to feel that they aren’t worth being pleasured, she said.

Even if someone knows everything about sex, though nobody does, people should attend, Andrews said. She hopes they take away a new perspective, new ideas or new tips about sex and female pleasure.