It’s always sad when well-meaning folks cave to opposition. A University of New Mexico school official has apologized for the school's provocative (and pretty cool sounding) Sex Week, a lecture series aimed at reducing campus sexual assault by teaching students the healthy, consensual, and enjoyable way to do sex.
On their website, UNM’s vice president for student affairs Eliseo "Cheo" Torres released a statement chastising the Women’s Resource Center, the organizers behind Sex Week, for attempting to educate their students. Why would anyone want college kids to clearly understand the importance of Yes Means Yes or the location of the clitoris? That’s crazy.
The Women’s Resource Center and the Graduate and Professional Students Association were well intended in creating the workshops billed as “Sex Week.” However, the initiative did not have clear oversight or close enough supervision to prevent the inclusion of topics that are sensational and controversial. For that UNM apologizes.
While the university administration believes that it is important to offer opportunities for sex education to college students, it should be done in a careful and respectful manner. We will do a better job in the future of vetting and selecting programs offered through campus groups.
Image via UNM Women's Resource Center.