By Allison Milton/The AS Review
Sex will likely be on the minds of Western students this week as the AS Sexual Awareness Center (SAC) hosts SAC Speaks, an annual event that will include five days of sex education, open dialogue and interactive events, including a film, workshops and a sex comedy “edu-tainment” presentation (“edu-tainment” is a mix between education and entertainment).
The SAC will provide the popcorn when the week kicks off with a showing of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” The film, co-sponsored by ASP Films, will play at 7 and 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25 in VU 552 and is free. The film is about a transsexual rockstar, Hedwig, who follows her ex-lover throughout America. Her journey through her sex change operation, relationship and leaving the Soviet Union are portrayed through Hedwig’s music.
On Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m., sex educators from Babeland will present a workshop in AW 204 called, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex.” This interactive workshop is co-sponsored by the AS ROP Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alliance (LGBTA) as part of their Weekly Night Series. The event will encourage a sex-positive, open discussion geared toward giving students a chance to be open about healthy sexual relationships, said Kooper Wynkoop, LGBTA programs coordinator.
“When we talk about sex we talk about intercourse, but that’s very limiting,” she said. “[The purpose of the event] is to educate people about the variety of ways to have a sexual relationship.”
Wynkoop said that because sex is often something that people are uncomfortable talking about, it is important to have a safe space to allow for discussion.
Being open and talking about sex may be difficult when inclusivity of sexuality comes into play. Jennifer Veliz, coordinator of the SAC, said it is very hard to find sex education that is queer-inclusive, which is why Babeland is an important workshop to have on campus.
“They’re very open to answering any question,” she said.
The Babeland workshop will be more interactive and allow students who are more willing to talk about sexuality openly the ability to do so, she said. The next event on the SAC Speaks lineup will provide a quieter atmosphere for students to get answers about sexuality without being too involved.
J-Spot, otherwise known as Jay Friedman, is a certified sex educator and award-winning speaker and writer who will speak at Western at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the PAC Concert Hall. J-Spot will talk about social issues regarding sexuality in a fun and comedic presentation, Veliz said. The event will provide lots of laughs and information for students from all levels of experience regarding sexuality and sexual health, she said. The event is free for Western students.
Veliz said she hopes these events will encourage students to be open about their experiences and to get the information they need to stay safe and happy in their relationships.
The last event of the week, “Get the Sex You Want,” will discuss the importance of communication in relationships regarding sex so that each partner can “get the sex they want.” This event, which takes place at 8 p.m. on Thursday in VU 462A, is intended for people with all levels of sexual experience and is designed to meet each student at their level, Veliz said. If you haven’t yet had sex, this discussion will prepare you so that you will be able to have the conversations you need to have with your partner, she said.
“Although the events are targeted to educate and provide a safe space, they are all programmed to be fun,” Veliz said.