The mechanics of transsexual intercourse are not likely taught in a high school sex class, but it was a hot topic on 19th Street last week.
Students gathered in the Mitchell Hall Theater Monday night to discuss the minutiae of sex with a panel of experts. Door prizes included lubricant, vibrators, sex toys and a multitude of free condoms.
Pleasure Your Partner, an event sponsored by Allied in Pride, the Student Association, the Residential Hall Association and Program Board, allowed students the opportunity to drive discussion in a question-and-answer forum. Taking center stage was a panel of six “sexperts,” a group of students of diverse sexual orientations.
Topics included a variety of sexual issues, from how to give satisfying oral sex to how to perform kegel exercises – a strength training technique believed to enhance the pelvis muscles and sexual gratification.
“This isn’t your high school sex-ed class,” said sophomore Néha Shah, Allied in Pride president and event coordinator.
Aaron Fox, 27, assistant program coordinator for LGBT Resources at GW – and the one non-student panel member – said it is important for young adults to have upfront conversations about sex.
“You can’t have some professorial conversation about penetration and orgasms because that’s not people’s reality,” Fox said. “You really have to get down and dirty, and talk about it the way people have it.”
While speaking on the panel, junior MJ Jakubowics said that being “kinky” in bed might be more normal than people realize.
“I think everybody has their thing that they really like and they think it’s weird, but chances are your partner is into it too,” said Jakubowics, a member of Allied in Pride. “You’re not as weird as you think you are.”
Fellow panelist senior Dustin Wright wrote in an e-mail after the event that unusual sexual habits are seen that way because they are not discussed.
He said, “I think it’s safe to say that we all do some pretty funny things in bed, and talking about those certainly allows one to feel more comfortable talking about the more serious issues related to sex as well.”