Skip to comments.University Could be Defunded Over Sex Week (Tennessee-Knoxville)
Posted on 03/20/2013 6:29:03 PM PDT by jazusamo
A group of Tennessee lawmakers is preparing to issue an ultimatum to the University of Tennessee-Knoxville either defund the first-ever Sex Week or they will defund the university.
Lawmakers, alumni, and taxpayers are furious that the university allocated nearly $20,000 to fund a week-long salute to sex that included a poetry-reading lesbian bondage expert, a campus-wide condom scavenger hunt and seminars onamong other things oral sex and lesbian erotica.
We should be teaching these children what is important to learn so they can get jobs, state Sen. Stacey Campfield told Fox News. I dont know what jobs they plan on getting if theyre having seminars on oral sex and bondage. I dont see how that will help someone in their professional career unless they plan on becoming a porn star.
This is truly an offense to the people of Tennessee, State Rep. Susan Lynn said on the House floor. I am offended for the people of my district at the University of Tennessee having sex week.
A university spokesperson confirmed to Fox News that the nearly $20,000 event is being funded by student fees and university money.
The nearly $20,000 cost was covered by money given from specific academic programs who see a common interest from law, from sociology and from history.
The university is providing funding for this workshop because it covers a wide range of issues that are beneficial to our students, the spokesperson said. Its tackling important topics related to sexual health, sexual identity, preventing sexual assault, gender roles and religion.
State Sen. Stacey Campfield told Fox News he is beyond outraged.
Theyve been trying to say its about safety and birth control, he said. These kids are supposed to be some of the smartest kids out there and they dont know where to buy condoms?
Campfield called Sex Week completely ridiculous.
If they cant figure out where to buy condoms, I question whether they need to be in college in the first place if theyre that stupid. Campfield has summoned university officials to the state capitol to explain why they signed off on the event. And hes also going to try and withhold the universitys budget until they get answers.
The university always cries poor-mouth, that they dont have any money and yet they seem to have plenty of money to do this kind of stuff, he said. Were going to try and hold their budget until it gets squared away.
This is not what tax dollars should be supporting, he said.
Sex Week is scheduled for April 7-12 and includes 30 events including Getting Laid, Sex Positivity; Queer as a Verb, Bow Chicka Bow Woah, How to talk to Your Parents About Sex, Loud and Queer, and How Many Licks Does it Take a workshop about oral sex.
The university spokesperson said the student organizers did a good job making sure there are things to appeal to all students.
Noted lesbian bondage expert and erotica author Sinclair Sexsmith is scheduled to deliver a lecture titled, Messing Around with Gender."
UT student Brianna Rader, one of the founders of Sex Week, told Fox News that Sexsmith will not be engaging in lesbian bondage demonstrations during her appearance.
Shes doing a workshop on poetry about sexuality, Rader said. Shes also going to be talking about constructing and reconstructing gender roles in society.
The content of sex week prompted Rep. Bill Dunn to express his outrage on the House floor. Its debauchery, he told Fox News. They are treating sex in such a frivolous manner.
Dunn, who graduated from the University of Tennessee, said hes been overwhelmed with phone calls from angry citizens.
I dont think they approve of the university using their resources to push forth a hook-up agenda, he said.
Dunn said hes been in touch with university officials who told him theyve already launched an internal inquiry into who ultimately gave the thumbs up for the event.
Theres going to be an investigation as to whose thumb was up, he said. Im not sure the president of the university was aware of what happened.
Dunn said he was motivated to speak out after the House passed three bills dealing with human trafficking of children.
Society needs to understand you are going to reap what you sow, he said. If you turn sex into some kind of a game and toys and debauchery does it really shock you that people then take it to the step of Hey, kids are just sex toys that we buy and sell and we get our pleasure however we want to?
Dunn said its time for university presidents across the state to buck up and have the courage to say certain things are inappropriate.
Its time for them to stand up, he said. There are adults who need to grow up and act like adults and lead young people toward what is good and health as opposed to promoting stuff that leads to the breakdown of the family and sexual abuse.
Campfield said the inmates are running the asylum.
They say its all about diversity, he told Fox News. Well, perversity does not make diversity just because its at the university.
Anyone trying to defend—not deFUND—should be on the maximum dose of saltpeter.
Exactly! This is where conservatives need to start the fight against the left. Stop funding left-wing indoctrination with taxpayer money.
Vanishingly few students at universities are children -- oh, the occasional first semester freshman might be 17, and there might be a literal handful of wunderkinder who skipped grades at a university the size of U Tennessee -- and the point of attending a university is not to get jobs, but to become educated. Job training is what our underused trade schools and polytechnics (which we should have, but don't -- sort of a 'trade school plus' that offers a more rigorous and broad education with a focus on job training) are for.
Beyond the promotion of immorality, things like "Sex Week" are absolutely contrary to proper education, as the promote they speaking and thinking of rot. The principal role of university education is summed up in what Prof. John Alexander Smith of Oxford told his class in 1914:
Gentlemen, you are now about to embark on a course of studies which will occupy you for two years. Together, they form a noble adventure. But I would like to remind you of an important point. Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life, save only this, that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education.
Why isn’t the University spokesperson named?
Thanks for posting this. It needs wide distribution.
Actually, UT is just following after the University of the South in Sewanee, Tn. This Episcopal school has done this kind of crap for several years. I presume they still are.
College students are “children now”?
The only thing of value there is “preventing sexual assault”, and they can learn what they need to know from Professors Smith and Wesson;)
Both are excellent professors, they get peoples attention:)
Denver, Colorado Freepers you can have your editor back now LOL.
did they have a lecture about the wonders of incest and beastiality??
oh that was Yale, wasn’t it?
I think I’d rather hang out with high school drop-outs than peole who went to college these days
Universities think they are above the law
Reporters tried to interview her about that — but she was too tied up to answer. /s
Sandra Fluke may have to OCCUPY another skool!
When I matriculated in the fall of 1966, the scandal was underage participation in sherry receptions. Seems tame, but it was a signal. Green light!
In other porn news, legendary male star Harry Reems died the other day from pancreatic cancer. Perhaps the kids at UT-K can study his career...