Sex Week

 

February 3 – 7 2014. A week full of workshops, panels and fun activities to educate and entertain you about sexual and gender wellness.

Monday January 27th

"I'm Coming! A Guide to Women's Orgasm" - 12:00-1:30pm in the WRC.

presented by Patty Thille

Many women never experience orgasm, just as many can have orgasms once in a while, or on their own, or never on their own, or ... you get the picture. The female orgasm can sometimes be rather elusive, and that can be ok — but it can also be very frustrating. This session will look at some of the reasons women have difficulty with orgasm, offer suggestions around play to enhance sexual feelings, and cover important anatomical information. Discussion includes the g-spot, clitoris, and tips to use both alone and with a partner.

Thursday January 30th

"Best Sex Ever"

Presented by Laci Green, 5:30-7:00pm in the Alberta Room (Dining Centre)

Join us for a frank and inclusive conversation about sexuality that is fun, informative and empowering! Hosted by the Wellness and Health Awareness Team (WHAT) in partnership with Residence Services and the Student’s Union, this event is sure to answer all your questions about sex and sexuality.

Laci Green, popular peer sex educator and web personality will be at the University of Calgary to talk about the Best Sex Ever. So what makes for the best sex ever? In this upbeat program, Laci provides an engaging sex-positive workshop about safe and healthy exploration of sexuality while in college. Come learn about pleasure, anatomy, safer sex, STIs, communication and consent!

Monday February 3rd

Carnival (11-2pm, MSC North Courtyard)

Step right up, step right up!  Enjoy fun, games and cotton candy to kick off sex week.  Play carnival games like hit-the-clit and a dildo ring toss while learning about STIs, as well as sexual and gender wellness.

Alphabet Soup – An Intro to GLBTQA Language (1-2, Guildenstern)

Presented by the Q Centre.

Want to learn more about the GLBCDTTTPQQIFAA community?  Want to learn what all those letters mean?  Come to Alphabet Soup to go over the basic language, history and challenges of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and other communities under our queer umbrella.  Run by the friendly Q Centre coordinators, so no previous knowledge is necessary!

Modern Masculinities (2-3, Arial)

Presented by Blake Spence and Tristan Abbott of Calgary Sexual Health

What does it mean to be a man in today’s world? What are the messages men receive about masculinity in our culture and what is the impact on masculine identities?

Ghosts of Gender Past (3-4, Guildenstern)

Presented by the WHAT.

Jesse Invik is a graduate student at the University of Calgary who regularly lectures in the Anthropology Department and other venues about his own personal experience transitioning from female to male. He will be talking about his own life and the issues facing transgender and transsexual people in Canada. He is happy to answer any questions you have about these issues.

Tuesday February 4th

fYrefly in Schools (1-2,Guildenstern)

Presented by Nick Moore of Calgary Sexual Health Centre

This program is an educational initiative developed from the award-winning Camp fYrefly program to help reduce discrimination against sexual and gender minorities. The program increases awareness of the impacts of homophobia and transphobia and equips participants with the knowledge and tools they need to become effective allies for diversity, equity and human rights in their communities.

The program is framed as an informative and empathy building dialogue about human rights, education and social change, speaking explicitly to LGBTQ terminology, homophobia and transphobia, homophobic language, debunking myths, deconstructing stereotyping and assumptions about the LGBTQ community and hearing real, lived experiences of LGBTQA panelists who share their experiences and stories.

(Panelists would include U of C  and other post-secondary students – with the chance of engaging Queers on Campus and other LGBTQ community groups at the U of C).

Pull and Panic? Satisfying, safer sex! (2-3, Arial)

Presented by Heather Cobb, Alberta Health Services

In a recent wellness survey you said…………..”we don’t want to talk about safer sex”! You also said…….. “we are having sex and we are not always using protection”! Are you using the fingers crossed method, hoping then panicking about pregnancy and STIs? Learn how safer sex can be fun, pleasurable and safe when you know how.

Intro to Trans*Identities (3-4, Guildenstern)

Presented by the Q Centre

Join us for a presentation and discussion about different trans* identities across the gender spectrum.  If you’ve ever thought about gender, and what it means to all of our identities and the way we present ourselves, come to this workshop with local activist and transman James Demers.  This workshop will be a great introduction for people who are not involved in the community, or are just starting to learn about trans* identities and issues.

Wednesday, February 5th

Emotional Connections in Intimate Relationships (12-1, Guildenstern)

Presented by Jan Cook, SU Wellness Centre

Falling in love can be easy; staying in love is harder.  How are some couples able to be relationship masters as opposed to relationship disasters?  This workshop looks at the key factors for creating and maintaining the emotional connection that helps to keep relationships healthy and happy.   While the workshop's focus is on intimate relationships, the skills introduced can be used in a variety of relationships including family, friends and work colleagues.

From Sexting to Porn: A Chat About New Media and Making Decisions About Our Consumption (1pm-2pm, Cassio AB)

Presented by Calgary Sexual Health Centre

This interactive workshop will talk about the various benefits and downsides to engaging and expressing our sexuality within new forms of media. Social constructions of gender and sexuality will be explored. Attendees will also have a chance to clarify their personal values and will gain tools on how to make choices that are best for them.

Intro to Sexuality and Gender Inclusivity with Tiffany SoStar (2-3, Women’s Resource Centre)

Presented by the Women’s Resource Centre

Whether we are creating, facilitating, participating in or wondering about safer spaces, issues of inclusivity are critically important and can be challenging to navigate. The kyriarchy - that web of intersecting privileges and oppressions that surrounds us all - can blind us to our own privilege and make it difficult to see the ways in which our language and actions may actually be hurting or excluding others. This intro workshop will introduce a wide variety of identity groups, some basics of inclusive language, and troubleshooting for anyone who is concerned about issues of inclusivity and intersectionality. This workshop will focus on the QUILTBAG (queer/questioning, undecided, intersex, lesbian, trans*, bisexual, asexual, gay/genderqueer) but will also touch on issues of class, race, and ability.

Introduction to Kink & BDSM (4-6, Escalus)

Presented by the Q Centre

Join us for a fun and interactive workshop with professional dominatrix Lady Seraphina.  She will go over the basic information you’ll need to get started safely in kink and BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, and sadomasochism), and show some basic tools and equipment that can be helpful and fun.  Ask her any questions you have about kink, and open your mind to new possibilities for sexy fun.  Questions can be asked at the event, or submitted in advance at the Q Centre.

Thursday February 6th

The Heroism of Continence (11-12, Guildenstern)

Presented by U of C Catholic Community

Throughout history in all cultures there are moral standards, which are part of human nature. We will be taking a look at societal changes and how society has viewed continence and chastity and if those views have any effect on society at large, How peer group pressure has affected change and if following the consensus is always good. Come and find out it can play a part in your life.

Relationships 101: Getting to the Core of it (12-1, Arial)

Presented by Sylvia Ehikioya, SU Wellness Centre

When you see the word “relationship” does your mind automatically go to sex, love, and dating? Having trouble helping your friends through relationship problems? Ever considered where self-identity, core values, and boundaries come in? Want to learn how to help without giving advice? Those questions and more will be addressed at the Relationship 101 discussion open to everyone, single or not, in a relationship (friendship, dating, professional, familial, etc). In 60 minutes you’ll learn the basics of relationships and how to help someone having relationship troubles.

Gender Diversity for Friends, Allies and Helping Professionals (2-3, Guildenstern)

Presented by Carolyn Clair, SU Wellness Centre

Individuals who identify as transsexual, transgender, two spirited, or gender queer express a gender identity that challenges cultural expectations. Hence they are often marginalized, pathologized or disenfranchised.  This interactive workshop will support participants increase their understanding of issues facing people with diverse gender expressions and identify best practices to offer support.

“The Vagina Monologues” (7:30pm, The Boris Roubakine Recital Hall)

This award-winning play is based on V-Day founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than twelve years, The Vagina Monologues has given a voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public. V-Day University of Calgary “The Vagina Monologues” 2014, directed by Candace Ford-Taperek and with artistic direction from Shirley R. Steinberg, is proudly presented by the Women’s Resource Centre in collaboration with the Werklund Foundation Centre for Youth Leadership Education. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit The Servants Anonymous Society Calgary, whose mission is to provide long-term programs, ongoing support, hope and wholeness to women, age 16 and over, with or without children, who are victims of, or are at risk of, sexual exploitation.

Friday February 7th

Sexual Violence and the Campus Community (12pm – 1pm, Women’s Resource Centre)

Presented by the SU Wellness Centre and Graduate Students Association

Join us to hear three panelists share their perspectives on issues and topics related to sexual violence. Calgary Police Services will be talking about the law (your rights and responsibilities) and disclosure and reporting processes. Campus Security will cover campus statistics and trends and go over university specific policies and protocols. We will also be joined by Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse to learn about sexual violence, understand myths and misconceptions and hear some key tips for sexual violence prevention.

After the each panelist introduces their topic, a moderated Q & A session will provide an opportunity to engage in open, honest discussion about the topic.

Re-Thinking Sexual Violence Prevention (1-2, Women’s Resource Centre)

Presented by Joe McGuire and Joe Campbell, Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse

The focus of the workshop will be on breaking down and discussing past prevention techniques with regards to sexual violence, and working to understand that the way society currently thinks about sexual violence prevention does not address the root of the problem: the offenders. We will watch a video “The Undetected Rapist” it provides an accurate representation of a campus sexual assault. The video would then lead into a discussion on why past prevention techniques do not work, and then how the prevention messages can make it difficult for a woman who has experienced sexual violence to come forward to access medical treatment, report to police, and receive support or counseling.  Lastly, we will highlight several campaigns that are addressing sexual assault myths and hold offenders accountable for their illegal actions. We will provide handouts with stats and myths for participants to reference throughout the presentation.

Menstrual Management (1-2, Guildenstern)

Presented by the Q Centre

Tired of dealing with a variety of irritating products during your period?  Looking for a more body- and eco-friendly alternative to conventional pads and tampons?  Come to our workshop to learn about alternative products that are more body-safe and have less environmental impact.  Disposable and reusable options will be discussed, including organic pads and tampons, menstrual cups, and reusable pads.  All genders welcome!

Feminist Porn with Tiffany SoStar (3-4, Women’s Resource Centre)

Presented by the Women’s Resource Centre

Becoming ethical, engaged consumers of pornography can be a rewarding process, but learning how to view and where to find the 'good stuff' can be a challenge. This workshop will look at four areas of inquiry into pornography - metrics that can allow us as consumers and scholars of porn to critically engage with the feminisms that may or may not be present. We will compare two full-length films, one self-identified as feminist and one self-identified as mainstream, and look at issues of consent/coercion, agency/passivity, diversity/homogeneity and objectification. No porn will be screened during this workshop, but we will be discussing explicit sexual material. We will talk about contemporary porn scholarship and where to find feminist porn and feminist pornographers.

“The Vagina Monologues” (7:30pm, The Boris Roubakine Recital Hall)

This award-winning play is based on V-Day founder/playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than twelve years, The Vagina Monologues has given a voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public. V-Day University of Calgary “The Vagina Monologues” 2014, directed by Candace Ford-Taperek and with artistic direction from Shirley R. Steinberg, is proudly presented by the Women’s Resource Centre in collaboration with the Werklund Foundation Centre for Youth Leadership Education. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit The Servants Anonymous Society Calgary, whose mission is to provide long-term programs, ongoing support, hope and wholeness to women, age 16 and over, with or without children, who are victims of, or are at risk of, sexual exploitation.

Also going on around campus:

  • Check out the Consent is a Conversation creative exhibit hosted by the Consent Awareness and Sexual Education (CASE) student club. A full line up of events and activities can be found at www.ucalgarycase.ca
  • Guys! Pick up your balls!

    A friendly reminder to check your testicles for any unusual lumps or thickening.  If you find something, book an appointment with a doctor at SU Wellness Centre.