UC Wellness Center and Pure Romance Co-sponsor Sexploration

Express your outrage to UC President Zimpher

As reported in Sunday’s Cincinnati Enquirer, the University of Cincinnati’s Wellness Center has teamed up with a sexual enhancement product company to sponsor a week-long series of events called “UC Sexploration.” The event began today and extends through Friday.

According to the U.C. Wellness Center’s Web page, highlights of the event include:

  • “America’s War on Sex: The Attack on Law, Lust, and Liberty,” a lecture by certified sex therapist Dr. Marty Klein
  • “Got the Hook Up?”
  • “Pizza and Porn,” presented by sexual coach Kathleen Baldwin
  • A “Lunch and Learn” event entitled “The Naked Truth: Frequently Asked Questions about Sexuality”
  • “Sexcapades with Friday Night Live”
  • Free Safer Sex Kits and HIV Testing.

Why, must we ask, are tuition dollars, tax dollars and student activity funds being used to encourage irresponsible and dangerous sexual relationships among our college students?

Unfortunately, college students do not need encouragement in this area. According to the Wellness Center, a 2007 study revealed that 75 percent of UC students have had more than one sexual partner during the past year.

And let there be no doubt, UC Sexploration is about encouraging sexual relationships. The company co-sponsoring the series of events is Loveland-based Pure Romance, the sole business of which is the sale – through in-home parties and their online store – of sexual enhancement products. Their extensive offerings include enhancement creams and lotions, vibrators, whips, handcuffs, edible undies, and anal plugs.

Pure Romance will not be selling their products on campus during the events, but will be offering gift cards as perks and prizes.

Wellness Center Program Director Regan Johnson also noted that the events will not include the showing of pornography, but added, “We’re using this to showcase that porn is not necessarily a bad thing.”

We must ask: Will the University of Cincinnati accept the liability for the negative consequences of the free-sex lifestyle that their Sexploration events encourage?

The incidence of sexually transmitted diseases among college-age persons has reached epidemic levels. It is estimated that one in four students who enter college already are infected by an STD. The most prevalent forms of STDs among this age are viral in nature and thus impervious to treatment by antibiotics. They are, in other words, virtually incurable. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common sexually transmitted disease on college campuses is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a particularly difficult virus to diagnose and treat and one of the many STDs for which condoms provide little or no protection.

HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is the most lethal of STDs and also is rampant on our college campuses. According to the Health Center at George Mason University in Virginia, 25 percent of all new HIV infections will occur in individuals under the age of 20.

Also nearing an epidemic level on college campuses is the incidence of “date rape.” The relationship between pornography and date rape is well documented. The message of pornography is that women exist for the sexual gratification of men and that women enjoy abusive and forced sexual relationships. A message, which, according to UC’s Johnson (see above) is “not necessarily a bad thing.”

Please click the link below to send UC president Nancy Zimpher a message that you are outraged by use of university facilities and funds to foster attitudes toward human sexuality that have such disastrous physical and emotional consequences for our youth, and thus for our nation.

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