Officials at the University of New Mexico were in apology mode last week after some parents complained that the school’s student-organized Sex Week was much too racy.
According to a flier for the advertising the festivities, Sex Week events included workshops with the titles “How to be a Gentleman and Get Laid” (which focused on safe sex and consent), “Negotiating Successful Threesomes” and “O-Face Oral.”
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Administrators say the university received dozens of complaints about the event from outraged adults. The events were sponsored by the campus’s Women’s Resource Center and the Graduate and Professional Students Association.
"The initiative did not have clear oversight or close enough supervision to prevent the inclusion of topics that are sensational and controversial," the university’s Vice President for Student Affairs Eliseo Torres said in a statement. "For that UNM apologizes."
Many students expressed their disappointment that the university withdrew their support of the event. “A college is meant to be a place to discuss ideas and to examine ideologies, even when those ideas or ideologies are uncomfortable,” wrote theeditors of the campus paper The Daily Loboin an editorial.
Before the apology was issued, the university stressed that the events weren't mandatory. “It is a series of conversations about healthy sexual relationships for those who chose to participate. It is not a required University training and attendance is completely optional,” Dianne Anderson, the director of communications at the school, told CNSNews.com.
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