Sex Week at Harvard to Talk ‘Fifty Shades of False’ & ‘Love @ First Swipe’

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Harvard University students will be receiving a healthy dose of sex education this week.

Sex Week at Harvard has made its triumphant return, bringing along with it seven days’ worth of events destined to turn participants’ cheeks red. (Tuesday’s headline-making workshop, “What What in the Butt,” sponsored by Brookline sex toy seller Good Vibrations, should say it all.)

Sex Week is run by Sexual Health Education & Advocacy throughout Harvard College, a student-run organization better known as SHEATH. The event is meant to get students at the stereotypically stodgy school exploring “issues of love, sex, sexuality, gender, gender identity and relationships” in a safe space where the conversation feels accepted and the participants supported.

In other words: an on-campus reenactment of Salt-N-Pepa’s “Let’s Talk About Sex.” The lyrics, “Let’s tell it like it is, and how it could be, how it was and, of course, how it should be,” summarize the event perfectly. Or, as one Sex Week supporter said, “Sex should be many things, but mysterious is not one of those things.”

Sex Week kicked off Sunday with a creative workshop by DARKMATTER, a trans South Asian art and activist collaboration. A discussion followed, covering narratives of family, queerness and diaspora. Bummed to have missed out? Here are five other events taking place this week, that you still have time to pen in to your calendar.

Sexy and I Know It: Sex Ed 101

Sex educator Shira Cahn-Lipman will be teaching about the do’s and don’ts of safer sex practices, answering questions ranging from, “What’s an internal condom,” to “How about a dental dam?” | Monday, November 3, at 5 p.m., in Sever 202

#HearOurStories: A Digital Story Screening

Young mothers have shared their stories as part of Harvard Sex Week. Those stories will be shown at a screening Wednesday, presented in partnership with the UMass Amherst Hear Our Stories project, the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy and the Harvard College International Women’s Rights Collective. A discussion with some of the young women featured will be held following the screening. | Wednesday, November 5, at 7 p.m., in the Fong Auditorium

Sexual Health Career Panel

The Sexual Health Career Fair will give students the opportunity to speak with representatives from a wide range of organizations, including Planned Parenthood, the Aids Action Committee and Global Protection Corp. A panel discussion on career paths in sexual health will take place, as well. | Thursday, November 6, at 4 p.m., in the Ticknor Lounge

Fifty Shades of False: Kink, Fantasy and Fetish

Munch, Harvard’s Kink and Alternative Sexuality group, is making it their mission to correct inaccuracies in “Fifty Shades of Grey” — specifically the book’s “portrayal of kink.” | Friday, November 7, at 4:30 p.m., in Sever 106

Love @ First Swipe: Online Hookup Culture

Put simply: “Grindr? Tinder? What’s the technique? What’s the upside/downside?” | Saturday, November 8, at 4:30 p.m., in Sever 113

For the full schedule of events, click here.

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