U of M Spending on Orgasm Program Turns Off Students

Updated: 01/30/2013 7:12 AM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

The University of Minnesota spending $3,500 on an educational workshop typically wouldn't make headlines.

But it is. So what's all the fuss?

Students at the "U" are invited to a lecture this spring all about women and orgasms. Some say it's interesting.
    
While some others say, at a time of tight budgets, this isn't something the school should spend on.

"I appreciate them to want to encourage interest on campus, as for paying thousands for it, there's the internet. If kids want to figure it out they can probably figure it out," said U of M student Lauren Drubel.

Student Kaela Pittman said, "$3,500 is a lot of money on something that could be used in different ways to help with other problems on campus."

A University spokesperson says this same program has been presented at universities across the country.
    
They say it's an educational forum on human health that encourages discussion and learning.

As the state’s preeminent education and research institution, the University of Minnesota provides information on a wide range of topics. The vast majority of these topics are not controversial, but some are.
Teaching and learning are central to our mission and as a public institution, we welcome a range of diverse viewpoints and embrace the tenets of free speech and academic freedom.

The health of our students is our utmost concern as it contributes to long-term academic, occupational, and personal success.

The University provides a forum for education on all facets of human health and encourages discussion and learning. We offer programs that educate our students on a variety of health topics including: the consequences of tobacco use and alcohol use; the importance of exercise; nutrition and sexual health, including abstinence. Students are faced with making choices about their individual health every day and are at a stage in their lives where they are learning about the short- and long-term impact of these decisions. We strive to give students access to the information necessary for them to make healthy decisions and lead healthy and productive lives.

“The Female Orgasm: A Program About Sexual Health and Female Empowerment” will be held on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus on April 10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The workshop is an educational opportunity for participants to talk openly in small groups about healthy sexuality and relationships broadly, and discuss and analyze the messages women receive about their bodies and sexuality from media and elsewhere. The intent of the workshop is to educate individuals in making decisions about what is right for them as they seek to build healthy relationships. The departments hosting the workshops know that this program will not appeal to every student. Participation is not mandatory.

This event is sponsored by a number of campus groups including: the Women's Center; the GLBTA Programs Office; the Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education, and the Women's Student Activist Collective (a student organization).

Those sponsors are sharing the total cost of $3,656; which includes the $2,800 speaking fee, $606 for travel and accommodations, and $250 for rental of the St. Paul Student Center Theatre. The funds come from a combination of student fees and Operations and Maintenance funds.

The program has been hosted by many campuses around the country including Amherst College, College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Carlton College, Columbia University, Florida State, Kent State, New Mexico State University, North Carolina State University, Texas A & M, Tulane University, University of Wisconsin.