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Feb 12 2013

Tea Partiers Take Bold Stance Against Sex Toys

North Carolina State University is hosting an event to encourage safe sex and they’ve bought about $300 worth of sex toys for demonstrations and to make it all fun and entertaining. And the Tea Party puritans are, unsurprisingly, throwing a fit about it.

A group of tea party students say that they are outraged after North Carolina State University purchased about $300 worth of items to demonstrate safe sex — including an “anal plug,” six vibrators, three dildos and a “booty booster.”

According to Campus Reform, Union Activities Board (UAB) purchased the sex toys as prizes for a “Dirty Bingo” event scheduled for Feb. 12.

In a letter posted to Facebook, UAB President Lauryn A. Collier explained that $304.69 has been spent on “a few edible undergarments, Fifty Shades of Grey book and game, six vibrators, four surprise packs, three dildos, a toy cleaner, lube, a sex game, a sex position book, an anal plug and a booty booster.”

“The purpose of this event is to find an innovative and entertaining way to talk about sex and sex education, particularly on a college campus, which deviates the norm and expected,” she wrote. “The certified educators plan to use some of the purchased items (those that are appropriate) to demonstrate safe and healthy sex practices. The programmers of this event wanted to include some ‘gag’ or non-educational prizes to add to the humorous and ‘dirty’ themed event.”

Cue the outrage:

Members of the group Young Americans for Liberty, which was originally formed to support former Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-TX) 2008 presidential campaign, expressed outrage at the use of student funds for the event.

“The fact that a public university is going to spend mandatory student fees on such an event is just repulsive,” Young Americans for Liberty North Carolina co-chair Emma Benson told Campus Reform. “There is nothing that involves reading 50 Shades of Grey or using a butt plug that promotes safe sex.”

Let me translate that for you: “OMG, they’re talking about sex! Shield your eyes! Clutch your pearls!”

“NCSU is not Chapel Hill,” NC State student Jason Voluntaryist wrote on Facebook. “We still have some sense of integrity, and we ought to understand the difference between a truly academically relevant event and simply screwing around.”

Let me translate again: “We aren’t like those godless whores and sodomites at that other school.” I bet the students at NCSU are no different from the students at UNC. And I bet more than a few of them are already familiar with butt plugs. I bet some of them are members of this group.

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  1. 1
    Synfandel

    There’s a Fifty Shades of Grey game? Awesome!

  2. 2
    The Lorax

    I had a mandatory sex ed class when I was a freshman in university. Unfortunately, they didn’t have dildos; they had to use bananas.

    I wonder what’s next… “Liquid nitrogen is dangerous, and shouldn’t be used to teach chemistry!” What about Tesla coils? Movies based on classical literature? Jokes about weapons of math instruction?

    Lighten up. People learn better if they’re interested in the subject, and they’ll be interested if they’re being entertained. $300 dollars is a small price to pay if you get a solid message across about safe sex.

  3. 3
    Randomfactor

    “Clutch your pearls!”

    No, not THOSE pearls.

  4. 4
    John Pieret

    we ought to understand the difference between a truly academically relevant event and simply screwing around

    Um … screwing around is doubtless the reason that a safe sex event is desirable.

  5. 5
    dingojack

    ““NCSU is not Chapel Hill,” NC State student Jason Voluntaryist wrote on Facebook. “We still have some sense of integrity, and we ought to understand the difference between a truly academically relevant event and simply screwing around.””

    I think Jason you’re missing the whole truly academically relevant point here. Students actually are more likely to not drop out due to a nasty STD or unwanted pregnancy if they learn how to practise ‘screwing around” safely.
    Understand now?

    Dingo

  6. 6
    leftwingfox

    Tea Partiers Take Bold Stance Against Sex Toys

    Huh. They usually take a wide stance.

  7. 7
    richardelguru

    Sex TOYS!!
    Think of the children!

  8. 8
    Abby Normal

    Alternative translation, “I’ve never observed this class or any like it. I don’t know what they’ll say or do. But I’m really uncomfortable with finding out. So I’ve made up my mind that it’s an awful waste of time, money, and resources.”

  9. 9
    Kevin, 友好火猫 (Friendly Fire Cat)

    What’s a booty booster?

  10. 10
    Olav

    I had to look up “booty booster”. Still not sure if what I found is what was meant.

  11. 11
    Wes

    I’m genuinely terrified of what I might find if I Google “booty booster”…

  12. 12
    busterggi

    Considering the fundie’s general hatred of anal sex you’d think they’d be in favor of plugging up butts.

  13. 13
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    I guess dildos are territorial.

  14. 14
    grumpyoldfart

    You can stick that butt plug up your arse.

  15. 15
    John Hinkle

    “The fact that a public university is going to spend mandatory student fees on such an event is just repulsive,” Young Americans for Liberty North Carolina co-chair Emma Benson told Campus Reform. “There is nothing that involves reading 50 Shades of Grey or using a butt plug that promotes safe sex.”

    Not too good in the articulation department. What she (probably) really means is that having the event is repulsive, and spending student fees on it is a misuse of funds. Enraged puritans often can’t express themselves clearly. But whatever.

    If I was interviewing her, I would’ve responded, “Uhhhh huh huh, you said … “butt.”

  16. 16
    MattieF

    I’d expect that kind of stupidity from Young Americans for Freedom, but Young Americans for Liberty are usually a little more level-headed, at least where I come from.

  17. 17
    Abby Normal

    A booty booster is a padded undergarment. Essntially it’s a wonderbra for the butt.

  18. 18
    angeliasparrow

    I must agree with them.
    At least on the _50 Shades of Abusive Twilight Fanfic_.

    The rest they can go whistle, but with so many GOOD BDSM books, why is everyone buying the really bad one that presents an abusive relationship and kink as something to be “grown out of?” Oh yeah, it’s available in very store and you have to LOOK for the small press BDSM stuff.

  19. 19
    baal

    Oh noes! not the fun and playful sex!

    Having a maybe mildly shocking display / props does draw attention that allows you to more successfully deliver the safer sex message. I’m having a hard time seeing anything resembling harm for the tea partiers to complain about – oh wait, they don’t care about harms…. Maybe they are just jealous that they can’t trot out the sex toys for their events?

  20. 20
    Larry

    Come on, now, tea baggers. What in the hell has this got to do with hating Obama?

  21. 21
    d.c.wilson

    Larry:

    I’m sure it’s part of Obama’s plot to impose Shariah Law on America.

    BTW, nothing says “I’m a libertarian Ron Paul supporter” like being a puritanical ninny.

  22. 22
    Moggie

    What part of “liberty” do the Young Americans for Liberty not understand?

  23. 23
    lofgren

    Teaching about safe sex without showing masturbatory aids seems like a failure to properly do your job, like trying to teach penmanship without showing the students what a properly drawn letter looks like.

    I think the presence of dildos in such a class would make me uncomfortable. I think of such things as intensely private. But that’s exactly why the should be present. If this class fails to break through such boundaries then its lessons will not be properly heard. I strongly believe that people should not be walking around gratuitously waving their dildos in public. But there are times when the boundaries of decorum must be temporarily dismantled, and a sex ed class is a perfect example. By doing that, you help create an atmosphere where people can be comfortable with their private desires and behaviors in a public setting, which is necessary for facilitating conversation. And if some of those people are uncomfortable with their own private desires and behaviors, it is good for them to see that other people are not and that they need not be.

    Basically I think that the sex toys serve a function in this context in part because they are shocking. Not because something shocking draws attention, but because the session’s purpose is frank discussion of sexuality. In order to have a frank discussion of sexuality, you need to get past the “normal” social boundaries that prevent us from discussing such topics.

    Also, having physical contact with these toys helps demystify them. I can almost guarantee you that there is a girl (maybe even a boy) in this class who is contemplating buying a toy for herself, but can’t bring herself to do it because of what that toy represents in her mind. (“Does this make me a slut?”) Maybe holding it in her hand for a moment will make her realize it’s just a piece of silicon with a suggestive shape. She’ll be happier for it.

    Finally, I hope they teach the proper care and cleaning of these toys. Improper care of her toys can be extremely dangerous to a woman’s health. Using the wrong lubricant with condoms can significantly diminish their effectiveness. They taught the proper care of sex toys in my sex ed class and I kind of tuned it out because I figured it was for girls. Years later, I was really glad I heard that lecture because it turns out that if you have sex with girls, their toys are also your toys.

    Suppressing these visual aids is not just an attempt to make the class less gratuitously titillating. It actually interferes with the proper teaching of important subtopics.

  24. 24
    Abby Normal

    I must agree with them.
    At least on the _50 Shades of Abusive Twilight Fanfic_.

    I don’t know, I think a discussion about the book could lead to some interesting insights. It’s relevant not because it’s good, but because it’s popular and that popularity says something about our culture.

  25. 25
    greg1466

    Young Americans for Liberty

    What is it with wingnut organizations and ironic names?

  26. 26
    d.c.wilson

    Hey, remember when the tea partiers would swear on a stack of Bibles copies of Atlas Shrugged that they only cared about economics issues like taxes and the deficit and that they weren’t interested at all in socially conservative issues?

  27. 27
    Area Man

    Members of the group Young Americans for Liberty, which was originally formed to support former Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-TX) 2008 presidential campaign, expressed outrage at the use of student funds for the event.

    “The fact that a public university is going to spend mandatory student fees on such an event is just repulsive,” Young Americans for Liberty North Carolina co-chair Emma Benson told Campus Reform.

    Wait a minute. Shouldn’t you “liberty loving” youngsters stop wasting your time whining about what some tiny specific amount of money is being spent on, and instead rail against the whole idea of what a state-funded university represents? Isn’t collecting money from everyone and then spending it for the common good not only how this particular event is paid for, but exactly how your entire education is funded? Shouldn’t you be running as fast as possible away from such a socialist institution?

    MOOCHERS.

  28. 28
    PatrickG

    I’m so glad I went to Berkeley. We raffled off sex toys in a fundraiser for a student group focusing on campaign finance reform. Was a very successful fundraiser, too!

    The really fun part was distributing them to the winners outside of Sproul Hall.

    Good times… good times.

  29. 29
    Doug Little

    I think the heading should be.

    Tea Partiers Take Bold Stance Over Sex Toys

  30. 30
    DaveL

    “NCSU is not Chapel Hill,” NC State student Jason Voluntaryist wrote on Facebook. “We still have some sense of integrity, and we ought to understand the difference between a truly academically relevant event and simply screwing around.”

    I think they’re going to need some bigger buttplugs.

  31. 31
    David Eriksen

    As an NCSU grad, I have to say that I’m outraged. We never had any fun events like this when I was there.

    Chapel Hill does have a reputation as being somewhat more libertine but I never saw that.

  32. 32
    Tâlib Alttaawiil (طالب التاويل)

    think i might register for a few courses at north carolina state next semester. sounds like a groovy place.

  33. 33
    Ichthyic

    Sex TOYS!!
    Think of the children!

    I don’t think the budget was enough to cover that.

  34. 34
    democommie

    I think that Area Man@27 pretty much nails the hypocrisy of the SKKKrotalMurKKKanPatriotiKKK Front Jugend.

    SexEd in my late 60′s Cath-O-Lick HS education was taught by Coach Higgins (the biology teacher) who told us that it was possible, but highly impermissible, for us to make teh babeez.

  35. 35
    dingojack

    Abby – soooo… how do you know what a ‘booty booster’ is? Or don’t I want to know? :)

    lofgren – ” I strongly believe that people should not be walking around gratuitously waving their dildos in public.”
    I hear it’s all part of a normal ‘Hen’s Night’ in England.

    The Macquarie Dictionary (used) to define dildo as ‘an artificial erect penis’ – sounds like the average member (heh) of the Young Americans for Liberty to me. (well someone was going to go there).

    :) Dingo

  36. 36
    Mr. Upright

    When I was in Chapel Hill, it was the conservative groups who had the sex toys. One day, when the LBGT group had an info table in “The Pit”, the head of one of the conservative groups placed an inflatable, goat-shaped sex doll next to their table (complete with red magic marker ink around the anal entry). The group was outraged, and the dude claimed that they had a “politically correct” overreaction to his attempt to “stimulate debate”. Pretty soon the conservative leader became known as “that guy with the inflatable goat sex toy.” Sometimes mockery is the best retaliation.

  37. 37
    democommie

    “Pretty soon the conservative leader became known as “that guy with the inflatable goat sex toy.”

    Taking the term, “My Pet Goat” in an entirely different way. BTW, the LBGT group should have asked him it was new or used.

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