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Researcher blasts 'Sex Week' events

UPI News Service, 09/03/2010 

A Massachusetts researcher said "Sex Week" events at many major U.S. universities should change their focus from "entertainment" to "health and safety."

Margaret Brooks, a professor at Bridgewater State University, said in the Chronicle of Higher Education that the events, which sometimes feature sex toy giveaways, porn film screenings and presentations on sexual subjects, are more entertaining than educational, The Washington Post reported Friday.

"Sex-toy raffles and giveaways? Workshops featuring graphic, violent pornography and simulated sex techniques? Teaching about polyamory but not about monogamy or abstinence?" Brooks wrote. "All those events have transpired recently on campuses across the country -- perhaps unbeknownst to many parents, alumni, and even professors. As the word gets out about such controversial programs, university administrators must decide what kinds of sex-education programs should be offered to their students, and who should be teaching them.

"The emphasis of most Sex Week programming seems to be more on providing entertainment and promoting pleasure, rather than teaching students about sexual health and safety," she wrote.

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