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A Shameful Event [UMass public orgasm contest]
Massachusetts Daily Collegian ^ | 5/3/07 | Collins

Posted on 05/03/2007 8:50:14 AM PDT by pabianice

gcollins@student.umass.edu.

Vox: Students For Choice's decision to hold the event, "Sex on the Lawn," today warrants severe criticism. Held for the second straight year by Vox on the Student Union lawn, the event intends to "promote positive, healthy sexuality and to make the community aware of the information regarding sexual health and also of local resources," according to its event profile on Facebook.com. Among various activities scheduled are a "Show Me Your O-Face" orgasm contest, in which pictures will be taken of people's facial expressions during fake orgasms, and a sexual bake sale, during which cookies will be decorated in the shape of penises.

These initiatives continue an offensive trend that started last year at the first "Sex on the Lawn" event. Balloons were blown up in the shape of penises, a "Captain Condom" costume worn by a student greeted visitors, and condoms were available to the public.

Contrary to the intentions of the event's organizers, very little education and "positive sexuality" are being promoted by holding such an event. The messages conveyed by this public display of sexuality are unequivocally the antithesis to real sexual education.

Genuine sexual education does not attempt to portray sexuality in an amusing manner, but rather in a serious light - no Captain Condom, balloons, or games. By abstaining from promoting games and activities intended to be entertaining, Vox would show that sex should not be seen in the realm of fun and games, but rather of personal choice, responsibility and privacy.

Sexual education should be based exclusively around these elements because sex is primarily a private choice that should be made responsibly. Vox leaders and "Sex on the Lawn" supporters directly suggest that sex should be a public topic by supporting both people who dress up in sexually inappropriate costumes on the campus lawn and the public display of sexually explicit balloons.

The event also implies that it should be the duty of public organizations to supply condoms to the public. Doing so removes the responsibility from individuals to make the personal decision to buy condoms without being influenced by external groups. More importantly, it reflects that Vox has very low expectations of human beings to make these choices in a private and responsible manner without relying on groups like Vox to help them.

Instead of endorsing public availability of condoms, Vox leaders should praise the decision of RAs to make available condoms on their particular floor, such as placing them in a paper support attached to their door. This does not suggest that sex should be openly discussed in a humorous way, a message "Sex on the Lawn" transmits, but rather in a confidential manner for the parties involved.

The availability of pamphlets and brochures containing information about STDs and contraceptives is not as reprehensible as that of condoms, but these should still be limited to UMass Health Services. It is important for people to be aware of this information, but the responsibility should be in the hands of the individual, rather than Vox, to obtain it. Relying on public forums creates a strong level of dependency on groups who have not just a self-proclaimed moral agenda, but also a political agenda in organizing events like "Sex on the Lawn."

In a larger sense, the point is not to debate whether today's activities are entertaining or funny. It is whether this event contributes positively to the effort to have people make responsible sexual decisions. For instance, Vox should cite statistics showing how the rate of STDs has reduced since the implementation of the modern form of sex education, which started in the 1960s and has continued on to today with groups such as Vox and Planned Parenthood. It should highlight studies disclosing whether an individual's amount of sexual partners, a number relevant to the transmission of STDs, has lowered since sex ed's inception.

Additionally, few will argue that Vox does not have a right to hold such an event. Yet the issue is the judgment and integrity of Vox and like-minded student groups who want to promote "positive sexuality" but only by their distorted conception of it as something to be presented in an entertaining manner.

Those who want to learn about sex in an amusing format dismiss criticism of "Sex on the Lawn." They assert that the event is just an opportunity for people to be more receptive to sexual awareness through an entertaining venue.

But many other people feel the topic is a serious and private matter that should be discussed in decentralized settings without the intention of portraying it in an amusing light. And until Vox promotes events that only convey this message, rather than organizing initiatives such as "Sex on the Lawn," then they should not be considered a group that legitimately promotes positive sexual education.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: distasteful; moralabsolutes; youpayforthis
Apparently, not everyone at UMass is a moron.
1 posted on 05/03/2007 8:50:15 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice
The moderator for "Sex on the Lawn":


2 posted on 05/03/2007 8:52:04 AM PDT by jdm
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To: pabianice

The Jihadists have a point.

Mrs VS


3 posted on 05/03/2007 8:59:59 AM PDT by VeritatisSplendor
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To: pabianice
The public availability of condoms is a good idea, though. You sure as hell don't want idiots like this breeding.
4 posted on 05/03/2007 9:01:50 AM PDT by 50sDad (Angels on asteriods are abducting crop circles!)
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To: pabianice
Genuine sexual education does not attempt to portray sexuality in an amusing manner, but rather in a serious light - no Captain Condom, balloons, or games.

No Captain Condom?

By abstaining from promoting games and activities intended to be entertaining, Vox would show that sex should not be seen in the realm of fun and games, but rather of personal choice, responsibility and privacy.

Bo-o-o-ring!

5 posted on 05/03/2007 9:11:52 AM PDT by cloud8
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To: pabianice

Considering that young childen could be at a college at any time, this kind of activity have no place at all in the public areas of campus.


6 posted on 05/03/2007 9:19:41 AM PDT by Killborn (Age of servitude. A government of the traitors, by the liars, for the sheep.)
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To: pabianice

Massachusetts is so stupid that it’s obscene.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1827838/posts


7 posted on 05/03/2007 9:23:44 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: pabianice

Prediction: Gays will perform real sex before the event in over.


8 posted on 05/03/2007 9:23:49 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom! Non-Sequitur = Pee Wee Herman.)
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To: cloud8
I got suspended from high school for publishing a monthly flyer entitled: "The Adventures of Sparky Sperm" (I only got to Episode 3). I was a sophamore, it was 1977 in northern New Jersey.

If I did the same thing now, they'de make me Student Class President!

9 posted on 05/03/2007 9:31:24 AM PDT by paulcissa (The first requirement of Liberalism is to stand on your head and tell the world they're upside down)
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To: pabianice

What if nobody came?


10 posted on 05/03/2007 9:31:31 AM PDT by BlazingArizona
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To: paulcissa

Probably still getcha banned here. ;)


11 posted on 05/03/2007 9:35:34 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: BlazingArizona

LOL


12 posted on 05/03/2007 9:36:32 AM PDT by jnygrl
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To: jdm

Looks more like a moderator for “Sex with a Prawn”.


13 posted on 05/03/2007 9:45:27 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: pabianice

Good. Public sex is less offensive to me than the communist propaganda they’d otherwise be engaged in with their professors in the classroom.


14 posted on 05/03/2007 9:46:58 AM PDT by lesser_satan (FRED THOMPSON '08)
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To: pabianice

Co-ed dorms, showers, restrooms, etc. are great things. If we can get everyone focused on sex and pleasure, then they won’t care so much about how take away their other liberties. As long as they can “get off” on whoever, whenever, and wherever they want, we’ll be free to enslave them.

That’s the plan, and we’re sticking to it!

(Sarcasm? You decide!)


15 posted on 05/03/2007 9:50:07 AM PDT by rbookward (When 900 years old you are, type as well you will not!)
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To: jdm

Shame on you - as I scrolled down my lunch just ended up on my keyboard - No pictures of Helen may be posted between 12:00 and 1:00


16 posted on 05/03/2007 9:52:05 AM PDT by Waverunner
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To: Killborn
Considering that young childen could be at a college at any time, this kind of activity have no place at all in the public areas of campus.

Why just worry about the children? Adults too have an interest in decency and even purity.

17 posted on 05/03/2007 9:56:36 AM PDT by Dumb_Ox (http://kevinjjones.blogspot.com)
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To: pabianice

18 posted on 05/03/2007 10:02:26 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (If you're conservative, then support a conservative candidate like Duncan Hunter for POTUS.)
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To: Lee'sGhost

19 posted on 05/03/2007 10:08:17 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Issue in Doubt." -Col. David Monroe Shoup, USMC 1943)
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To: Dumb_Ox

It’s the first thing that came to mind. I singled them out as being more vulnerable. But you are correct. This kind of activity have no place on campus period.


20 posted on 05/03/2007 10:24:30 AM PDT by Killborn (Age of servitude. A government of the traitors, by the liars, for the sheep.)
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To: pabianice
Genuine sexual education does not attempt to portray sexuality in an amusing manner, but rather in a serious light

Lighten up francis. "serious" sex?
21 posted on 05/03/2007 10:30:36 AM PDT by Durus ("Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." JFK)
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To: pabianice
I imagine that some of those who would support this event, were telling us in the past that sex is a private matter between consenting adults.

It they get rid of the word "private" today, will they get rid of the word "adult" tomorrow and get rid of the the word "consenting" after that?

22 posted on 05/03/2007 10:46:17 AM PDT by syriacus (Dems removed our troops too soon from S. Korea. 30,000 US troops died in 30 mos to RE-WIN SK freedom)
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To: VeritatisSplendor

“The Jihadists have a point.”

No, they don’t. This UMass stunt is stupid and wrong, but “we will blow you up or cut off your head to enforce proper behavior” is far worse.


23 posted on 05/03/2007 10:47:36 AM PDT by No.6 (www.fourthfightergroup.com)
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To: lesser_satan
Public sex is less offensive to me than the communist propaganda

But it's ALL communist propaganda. Explicit sexuality is intended to undermine and tear down the conventions of the hated bourgeoisie, thereby accelerating Society's inevitable collapse and the implementation of the Workers Paradise.

They'll kill all these intellectual parasites first though, after their usefulness is at an end.

24 posted on 05/03/2007 10:51:30 AM PDT by ichabod1 ("Liberals read Karl Marx. Conservatives UNDERSTAND Karl Marx." Ronald Reagan)
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To: syriacus

It’s how they do it. It’s incrementalism.


25 posted on 05/03/2007 10:57:53 AM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (We're living in the Dark Ages.)
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To: pabianice
Wow what a blow to the “WE ARE A NOBLE AWARD WINNING SCHOOL “ CAMPAIGN

Why would the administration agree to such sophomoric thinking. What is this ANIMAL HOUSE WEEK?

26 posted on 05/03/2007 11:00:19 AM PDT by Texas4ever (Anything off the dollar menu :))
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To: pabianice

“Show Me Your O-Face” orgasm contest,....Oh jeez! what til the two gay rumpriders show up....L.O.L.


27 posted on 05/03/2007 11:06:50 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: jdm

Must be her “O” face. OMG! I will never enjoy sex again!


28 posted on 05/03/2007 11:08:03 AM PDT by MrStriderite
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To: BlazingArizona
LOL!!

sw

29 posted on 05/03/2007 11:09:26 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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Later pingout, I read as much as I need to.


30 posted on 05/03/2007 11:35:05 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Only those who thirst for truth can know truth.)
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To: pabianice

as long as you don’t promote abstinance or profess a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, above that of merely screaming the name during this contest.


32 posted on 05/03/2007 12:05:06 PM PDT by sappy
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To: Durus
Lighten up francis. "serious" sex?

I haven't had "serious sex" since college.

Or is he using the phrase differently?

33 posted on 05/03/2007 12:14:41 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: lesser_satan

It’s not even public sex. The headline should read “UMass public FAKE orgasm contest,” which isn’t NEARLY as interesting.


34 posted on 05/03/2007 12:20:21 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep
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To: pabianice

The spay and neuter crowd should be all over this.


35 posted on 05/03/2007 12:27:30 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: pabianice

Outdoor circle jerk? Classy.


36 posted on 05/03/2007 12:28:32 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp
It’s how they do it. It’s incrementalism.

Absolutely.

:-)

37 posted on 05/03/2007 12:37:13 PM PDT by syriacus (Dems removed our troops too soon from S. Korea. 30,000 US troops died in 30 mos to RE-WIN SK freedom)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp; syriacus
"It’s incrementalism."

In reference to an event called "Sex on the Lawn," I would suggest a more appropriate term might be "slippery slope."

38 posted on 05/03/2007 12:40:13 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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39 posted on 05/03/2007 12:44:21 PM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOL!!


40 posted on 05/03/2007 2:07:39 PM PDT by syriacus (Dems removed our troops too soon from S. Korea. 30,000 US troops died in 30 mos to RE-WIN SK freedom)
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To: pabianice

I think it is immoral the way they are promoting premarital sex. I’m not old enough to remember it, but I know there used be a day when sex was a private matter.


41 posted on 05/03/2007 3:11:56 PM PDT by Pinkbell (Hunter/Thompson)
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To: pabianice
They are no different than animals breeding.
They think they are enlightened with this sick stuff, when in reality they are just like a lab rat in heat..
42 posted on 05/03/2007 3:16:40 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Never bring a knife to a gun fight, or a Democrat to do serious work...)
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To: BlazingArizona
What if nobody came?

"That's never happened before. Honest!"

43 posted on 05/03/2007 3:18:56 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (Duncan Hunter 2008 (or Fred Thompson if he ever makes up his mind))
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To: johnny7

That wasn’t necessary!


44 posted on 05/04/2007 5:04:44 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom! Non-Sequitur = Pee Wee Herman.)
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To: Lee'sGhost

LOL... sobering... isn’t it?


45 posted on 05/04/2007 5:10:54 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Issue in Doubt." -Col. David Monroe Shoup, USMC 1943)
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