Things get kinky in Oliver’s

The Sense Project visits Dawson for sex education

By: Anna Frey

Condoms, lube, and a wooden dildo.

These items were all present during last Thursday’s free sex education conference in Oliver’s. Two volunteers from the Sense Project, a movement aimed to get sex ed. back in schools, were there to lead the activities and discussions, providing guiding questions and insightful commentary.

“We don’t get paid for this,” Raimi, one of the animators, laughed, “we’re here for kicks.” Keeping with the Sense Project’s theme of anonymity, neither of the volunteers gave their last names.

The group of students in attendance was small but enthusiastic and literally dove right into the first activity. The students were asked to gather around a large sheet of paper on the floor and, depending which group they were in, list reasons why people do or do not have sex.

“Marriage,” “fear,” and “self-esteem” came up on the “reasons why not” sheet, but so did “handicaps” and “obesity,” which prompted the group leaders to talk about the stigmas attached to certain groups.

“We tend to see the obese or the handicapped as being asexual,” Raimi said. “This isn’t true. Just because we don’t see them as sexual beings doesn’t mean they don’t want to be.”

The opposing group decided that “pleasure,” “fun,” and simply “boredom” were reasons why individuals would choose to have sex. Their paper was full of positive words, which drew the attention of Sydney, the second animator.

“You guys are so positive, it’s great. But do people ever have sex when they don’t necessarily want to?” she asked. “How would you define the term sexual abuse?”
Though a few suggestions were thrown out, both Raimi and Sydney agreed that one student, who wished to remain anonymous, put it very well. “Sexual abuse is when the other person says no. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a relationship or not, everything has to be clear and consensual.”

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