Something good about sex
"Silence is not consent" was written on a slide at the recent programs about sex sponsored by the Residence/Orientation Week Committee, Office of the Dean for Student Affairs and MIT Medical Department. Silence about sex issues will lead to no improvement on current rates of rape, unintended pregnancy and spread of sexually-transmitted diseases.
The programs over the last two weeks, initially called How to Give a Woman an Orgasm and later changed to Something About Sex and Orgasm Again, broke the silence about sex on campus. It has, both in discussions following the programs and in these pages, fostered a debate among members of the MIT community about these issues. That the organizers changed the program's name is evidence that this debate was necessary.
While critics disapproved of the explicit nature of the program, issues were presented in a humorous fashion that brought laughs from the Lobdell Court audience. Archie Roberts' sarcasm was effective, and his delivery of Glen Weinstein's script was informative without being lecturing.
The presentation, however, was narrow in scope and contained questionable information. Many audience members perceived that fraternities and abstinence were mocked unnecessarily, and that the presentation was directed almost exclusively to the concerns of heterosexual males. In addition, the discussion period following Archie Roberts' monologue could stand for some improvement.
Freshman should see this presentation this year and next, but not before Rush if the remarks about fraternities remain in the script. The organizers deserve praise for sponsoring these shows and discussions. Hopefully, the presentation's sponsors will make the necessary modifications in the script, and the community will take the discussion to heart.