College Sex Ed: Where’s the line?

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Natalie Irula

Opinion Editor

In college, it can feel like sex is everywhere: everybody’s thinking about it, doing it and talking about it.

At this point in the “woke” time period of humanity, most people can agree that sex education in middle schools and high schools needs to be improved.

The abstinence-based approach I endured in eighth-grade health in the form of a VHS tape just doesn’t cut it anymore.

“Changes keep falling like sunshine, like rain,” will forever live on in my brain, but I got the real information from Google.

Kids now deserve better.

But what about kids our age?

Surely, as adults, we can handle a more complete approach to sex education and schools across the country have been implementing programs in universities.

At ESU, especially around Valentine’s Day, the condom grams and dental dam fairies are buzzing about.

Currently on the menu is sex bingo and a Bae-Watch pool party.

The Wellness Education and Prevention Center offers a plethora of programs including Contraception, not Conception, Contraceptives, Consent, and Cupcakes, Healthy Relationships, Live Free from HIV, No Glove No Love, Red Light, Green Light, Red Watch Band, The Red Zone, Sex Double-Dare, Sex Tic-Tac-Toe, Squeeze Me, Please Me But Don’t Disease Me and We Care: Sexual Assault.

As one can see, ESU offers a very complete, and very specific, list of programs that they present throughout the semester or that students can request at any time.

Other schools have done around the same sort of thing.

However, some have taken it a little too far.

For example, Indiana University has recently come under fire for teaching students how to practice BDSM safely, according to Daily Mail.

Conservative congressman, Matt Ahmann, criticized the school on twitter after a video surfaced of Indiana University’s Sex Fest.

The university defended itself by stating. “One of the topics most requested by students was how to practice BDSM safety,” spokesperson Chuck Carney told Daily Mail.

This asks the question:

Where is the line?

Is there one?

Honestly, I feel that a school that provides as much of what their students want as possible is doing something right.

In my opinion, a call-out from a single conservative doesn’t cause disbanding of a program that students want.

It can be shocking to come from a place where such things were not even mentioned and having to look it up in secret to outright spanking a girl in a university for the sake of sex education.

But, if it’s what the students want, then they should be able to get it from the institution they pay thousands of dollars to educate them.

It may include a little pleasure with the pain of schoolwork.

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