Harvard University offering students Anal Sex workshop

It's all part of the Ivy League's annual 'Sex Week'


by Megan Sirisena |
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Entitled "What What in the Butt: Anal Sex 101", the class was presented by local sex-positive store, Good Vibrations, and was focused on helping attendees learn how to have healthy and pleasurable anal sex.


Carol Queen, staff sexologist at Good Vibrations, spoke about the event to the The Huffington Post: "We have worked with Harvard’s Sex Week in the past… (and) were especially glad that the Harvard students who arranged this year’s Sex Week programming wanted to cover anal play, because this is a sexual topic that many people are curious about and interested in, but which must be engaged in with a level of knowledge that is part of very few sex ed classes.

"Doing it wrong, as so many people do, can lead to big problems: from pain and discomfort all the way to sexually transmitted infections. Anal play isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it is far more common than many people realise, and the team producing Sex Week is on the same page as we are.

"We want people to know enough about anal play to decide whether to try it, and if they do try it, we want them to have information to stay safe and healthy."

Safe sex practices are the aim of Harvard's annual "Sex Week"
Safe sex practices are the aim of Harvard's annual "Sex Week"

This is the 3rd year Harvard has run their "Sex Week", promoting programmes that are "interdisciplinary, thought-provoking, scholastic, innovative and applicable to student experiences in order to promote a holistic understanding of sex and sexuality".

As such the schedule isn't just about covering the basics but also about dispelling the inaccurate portrayal of kink with a presentation entitled Fifty Shades of False: Kink, Fantasy, and Fetish and focusing on revealing the conflicting identities of young parents by screening #HearOurStories: A Digital Story.


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Unsurprisingly, not everyone is happy about the university's focus on safe sex practices.

"I do question the amount of time and resources that went into planning and funding these events, some of which are downright vulgar, at a place like Harvard... I can’t imagine that there are not more worthwhile educational programs and initiatives to which Harvard’s resources should be devoted.” student Molly Wharton, told The College Fix.

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We say: Good on 'ya, Harvard! Bring on the education!

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