Students get sexual healing

Reporter: Samantha Daniels

‘Let’s talk about sex, baby. Let’s talk about you and me. Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be. Let’s talk about sex.’
While it was a fun way to get out and reduce some stress and hang out with friends, the underlying goal of the Student Association Outreach Centre’s Sexual Health Day on March 20 was to inform and de-stigmatize.
Throughout the day, the sexy versions of Jenga and Charades helped students simultaneously learn about healthy relationships, safe sex and, more importantly, fun sex.
“It’s just another piece of the human puzzle that we want to make sure is nurtured and taken care of,” said Erica Simpson, Sexual Health Resource Centre co-ordinator and organizer of the event. “I believe knowledge is power and if I can help share some information with you that is going to help you have healthier relationships in the future, and a healthy relationship with yourself, then that’s what I want to do.”
Prizes of books, “personal and couple play” items, sexy dice, “lovers’ body paint”, and fuzzy handcuffs were given out to students, and to help further inform students, two guest speakers were present. Toronto-based sex shop owner Carlyle Jansen spoke to students about how to better their sexual relationships.
“She’s talking to student about a couple of different topics, including sex skills, how to be an even better lover; when sex doesn’t work, challenges and how to overcome them; and boosting libido, how to deal with mismatched libidos or desires in a relationship,” said Simpson. “Basically, she’s outlining that everybody is normal and, at the same time, everybody is different.”
The other speaker, Julia Heaps, from the Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Care Centre, spoke about sexual assault and what students could do if they are sexually assaulted on campus.
“A lot of people don’t know that if something does happen, if you’re sexually assaulted, particularly on campus, you have the option to have one of our staff attend the hospital with you, if you choose to go,” said Simpson.
If students missed out on the event, Simpson suggests students come to the Sexual Health Resource Centre, located in G2029.
“A lot of students come into our office looking for healthy relationship information and advice on how to navigate a lot of the things we deal with in sex,” said Simpson. “In high school we learn Sex 101: what a penis is, what a vagina is, but we never really learn how to navigate relationships. So that’s where we come in, to help students have those conversations in constructive ways.”