by Krystle Gabele
January 29, 2013
Every year, the Young America’s Foundation releases a list of outrageous course offerings at various colleges and universities across the country. Aside from the courses that a student might take, they are also exposed to campus wide events that may stand contradictory to morals and have nothing to do with the reason why they are there in the first place: To learn and gain the skill set necessary for their future.
Case in point, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is having an event, and this is one that will no doubt raise some eyebrows. In April, students at this public university will have the opportunity to attend an event about the female orgasm (no, I am not making this up) from two sex educators. This event is open to both genders, and while the goal of the class is to educate students to use the skills learned in a current relationship or for marriage, it is no doubt sending the wrong message.
Despite the disclaimer that they are trying to empower women, they are denigrating women by merely making them a sex symbol. While they claim that the information from this lecture can be used in current relationships and in the future for marriage, there is no educating students about respecting women and the choices of abstinence.
Abstinence is not a dirty word, and in fact, it is time for academics to take some time to examine this, rather than orgasms. FRC’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) has released several studies that show that married couples have more satisfying sex than those who are unmarried. There are also more benefits to being abstinent, as it cuts down on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), depression rates are lower in those who are abstinent, and the abortion rate decreases.
While college is for learning, it is a time to expand your horizons towards more academic approaches, like reading the classics, gaining experience in your major through internships and lectures, and debating the merits of studies. It is definitely not a time to learn about orgasms. Save that for marriage.