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Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee

4:42am — Listening to Red Eye Radio on WTN – 99.7 as they are discussing ‘Sex Week at UT’.

Setting aside the question of funding — public or private, the question remains:  Is the event appropriate for the University to hold?

Senate Education Committee, March 20, 2013.  Click HERE and move slide over to about 7:20 to hear Sen. Stacey Campfield’s comments (UT is in Sen. Campfield’s district.

Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee

Vision: Sex Week will become a traditional, annual event at The University of Tennessee Knoxville with a sustainable budget and will be recognized as a significant contributor to the
value of student life and to the co-curricular education of students at UTK.


*Potential Monetary Sponsorships:

  • CPC
  • Discretionary Funds
  • BCPC
  • UPSF
  • Academic Departments
  • Local

Businesses and Individual Supporters

  • Large Corporations
  • Non-profit
  • organization donations
  • Vice-Chancellor LGBT Commission (along with others that will support)
  • Haslam and Chancellor’s Honors Programs
  • College Scholars Program

*Potential Non-monetary (physical support) partnerships

  • All interested student organizations

University of Tennessee Uses Student Fees to Host Lesbian Bondage Expert

By Todd Starnes

A lesbian bondage expert and a campus-wide condom scavenger hunt are among the activities planned for The University of Tennessee’s first-ever “Sex Week” – an event paid for by university money and student fees.

Sex Week is sponsored by the university’s Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee club. The six-day event is expected to cost nearly $20,000 – covered in part by university grants, student fees and contributions from academic departments.

University of Tennessee spokeswoman Karen Simsen confirmed to Fox News that the conference is being funded by student fees and university money.

Sinclair Sexsmith

“The university is providing funding for this workshop because it covers a wide range of issues that are beneficial to our students,” Simsen said.

There are 30 events planned including “Getting Laid,” “Sex Positivity; Queer as a Verb,” “Bow Chicka Bow Woah,” “How to Talk to Your Parents About Sex,” “Loud and Queer,” and “How Many Licks Does It Take…” – a workshop about oral sex.

“It’s tackling important topics related to sexual health, sexual identity, preventing sexual assault, gender roles (and) religion,” she added. “The students have done a good job making sure there are things to appeal to all.”

The nearly $20,000 cost was covered by money given from specific academic programs “who see a common interest – from law, from sociology and from history.”

In addition to a campus-wide scavenger hunt for a golden condom, the university is hosting noted lesbian bondage expert and erotica author Sinclair Sexsmith. The story was first reported by Campus Reform.

Sexsmith, who serves on the board of the New York Lesbian Sex Mafia, will deliver a lecture titled, “Messing Around with Gender.”

She also runs the online website “Sugarbutch Chronicles: The Sex, Gender and Relationship Adventures of a Kinky Queer Butch Top.”
In addition to hosting college workshops and lectures about queer theory, she is an expert in sexuality and leather.

UT student Brianna Rader, one of the founders of Sex Week, told Fox News that Sexsmith will not be engaging in lesbian bondage demonstrations during her appearance.

“She’s doing a workshop on poetry about sexuality,” Rader said. “She’s also going to be talking about constructing and reconstructing gender roles in society.”

Sexsmith is also expected to show college students “how to turn up the heat on our own sex drive” – as well as play with gender and sexual identity roles and butch/femme roles.

Rader said their event has something for everyone.

“We have a stereotype of being conservative but there are lots of people who are okay with these subjects – like me,” she said. “This is one way people can get a better sense of what others in Tennessee and this region of the country are about.”

Rader said university officials were overwhelmingly supportive of Sex Week – which includes a sex talent show and drag show.

“We went to our administrators and they approved it immediately,” she said. “We have excellent faculty advisors.”

Read more here.

UT Announces Changes in State Funding for Sex Week

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek said today the campus will not be using state tax or tuition dollars to fund Sex Week.

Cheek said that after reviewing the final agenda for the student-programmed event he determined that it should not be funded by state tax dollars.

The university has long recognized the right of students to engage in free speech activities on campus and organize programs for the student body using student activity fee monies. Student-run programming boards consider applications for programs and allocate student activity fee monies to those that encourage broad student participation and interest and contribute to the students’ intellectual development.

“We support the process and the students involved, but we should not use state funds in this manner,” Cheek said.

The organization will retain $6,700 in student programming dollars but $11,145 from academic programs and departments will no longer be available.

UT System President Joe DiPietro said he supports the decision.

“The University is accountable to the General Assembly, the governor and the people of Tennessee for the use of state tax dollars,” DiPietro said. “The University’s three-part mission is to provide education, research and public service, and the state allocates this funding to help us fulfill the mission. Some activities planned as part of Sex Week are not an appropriate use of state tax dollars.”

The UT System is studying and evaluating the funding and planning of student activities at all UT campuses and institutes.

C O N T A C T :

Karen Simsen (865-974-5186, karen.simsen@tennessee.edu)

Source Here.

Faculty Supporters

Dr. Monica Black

Dr. Monica BlackI am delighted to lend my support to the project of hosting Sex Week at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This endeavor will provide a significant opportunity for our students to come together to talk about issues of sexuality and gender that affect not only themselves and the university community but also our local community and the broader public.

Dr. Lynn Sacco

Dr. Lynn Sacco 

Every spring I teach a seminar at UTK on the history of gender and sexuality, my field of academic expertise. Most students love the course, which may seem obvious if you know that the readings are on topics that include the histories of dating, marriage, contraception, and homosexuality. But I think that what makes this course a special experience for
students is that, for the first time in their lives, many have the opportunity to read about the “private lives” of ordinary Americans. Looking at the choices married couples made about regulating their fertility in the 1840s or why “dating” began as a popular practice among young people in the early twentieth century provides students with a historical contact that shows how Americans thought about.

Dr. Spencer Olmstead
I support sex week because I feel strongly that in order for individuals to make successful decisions regarding their sexual well-being that they need to be equipped with as much knowledge and understanding about a variety of aspects of human sexuality. Such knowledge and understanding will promote responsible sexual behavior and increase individuals’ sexual and reproductive health.

Read and see more here.

No one can claim ignorance

Agendas of Faculty Senate Executive Council Meetings

September 10, 2012


This is the kind of notoriety Sex Week is bringing to Tennessee and is so gross that I won’t include the link:

We Want to Have Sex with University of Tennessee’s Sex Week

UT Sex Week raises replacement funds in single day

University of Tennessee Sex Week organizers announced they had reached their fundraising goal to replenish the funds taken away from the event just over a day ago with the support of private donors and help from the university’s Central Programming Council.

On Wednesday evening, the University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek and President Joe DiPietro announced that $11,145 of state funds would be cut from UT’s upcoming Sex Week budget. Funds were cut after complaints from Knoxville Republicans state Sen. Stacey Campfield and state Rep. Bill Dunn.

Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee, the group responsible for organizing Sex Week, was left with $6,700 in student programming dollars to fund the speakers and panelists who had already signed contracts with UT to appear during Sex Week.

Students took to social media sites to spread the word. Sex Week advocators got the hashtag #Iwantsexweek trending on Twitter and received national and international attention with an appearance on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” and an article in The Guardian.

Sex Week organizers announced their success on the program’s website, saying “Thanks to anyone who donated through our PayPal or Indiegogo and to our Central Programming Council. Your support has been incredible.”

Although they have reached their fundraising goal for this year, they encourage people to continue donating to fund next year’s Sex Week.

Read more here.

Not satisfied? Your State Senator can be found HERE.

Your State Representative can be found HERE.

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