A belated Happy Valentine’s Day to Ephs far and wide. Make sure you mark your calendars.

Come join the Women’s Center Board for a collective meeting tonight at 9pm in Hardy House. We’ll be having some snacks, hanging out in our new space and talking about positive sexuality as we prepare for Positive Sex Week (2/23-3/4- our biggest event of the year). All are welcome!

Who is on the Women’s Center Board and how were they chosen?

This is, presumably, connected to the announcement that ephmom pointed out last week.

The Women’s Center has so much for Collective members/new interested folk to do right now with Sex Week (a week promoting and celebrating healthy expressions of sexuality) and Women’s History Month (March) and moving into our Hardy House space. Want to be involved in planning and/or publicizing Sex Week and the Bang-quet and the Vagina Monologues and feminist pornography expert and star Annie Sprinkle and a Sex Toy Raffle (for every orientation and inclination) and a Passion Party (like Tupperware parties but with sex toys) and Vulvapalooza (a massive student performance night in Chapin) over the next couple of weeks? Curious as to what feminist porn is, actually? Yeah, me too. But we’re going to find out during Sex Week, Feb 23-March 4.


1) I have never heard the term “Positive Sex Week.” Explanation, anyone?

2) All good Ephs are, I think, in favor of “healthy expressions of sexuality” rather than “unhealthy” ones. Or is there an unhealthy faction out there?

3) The best way to predict the behavior of any political group, so the old joke goes, is to imagine that it is controlled by a secret cabal of its worst enemies. In the case of the Women’s Collective, this would be a group of men who think of women as no more than sexual playthings, who believe that sex is the single most important aspect of any college relationship, who want college women to “experiment” with as many different sexual partners and sexual practices as possible. Again: Who is on the board of the Women’s Collective?

Alright, that is enough snark for now. And, although, sex blogging is not my usual, uh, beat, there are interesting questions to discuss. [Leaving aside your reporting on the Eph Porn Star and Eph Stripper? — ed. Yeah, leaving those aside.] Start with: What is the definition of “healthy expressions of sexuality?”

Back in the day (and still today?), the ethos was one of individual choice. If an Eph woman wanted to delay sex until marriage, that was her choice. If a different Eph woman wanted to have sex with a score of Eph men, in relationships ranging from 1 hour to 1 year, that was her choice. Neither choice was better or worse than the other. Each woman chose what was best for her. No one was in a position to praise or criticize those individual decisions.

Fine. I am mostly comfortable with the radical Sophist vision of man as the measure of all things, certainly when it is applied to modern Eph women. Yet, leaving my judgments aside, is this the position of the members of the Women’s Collective at Williams? Precisely what sorts of “healthy expressions of sexuality” do they want to celebrate? What attitudes are “healthy” and, therefore, desirable and which are not? This is not so much a matter of whatever money the College is spending on “Vulvapalooza” — although the Record ought to report how much this costs and where the money comes from — as it is thinking about issues like JA selection.

Consider the dilemma faced by the JA Selection Committee. They have many highly qualified female Ephs to choose from. How to decide? Well, we certainly want Ephs with a “healthy” attitude to academics since this is the attitude we want to inculcate in first years. Someone failing most of her classes and never studying would be a bad influence, as would someone who spend every waking minute in the library. We want JAs to have a “healthy” attitude to non-academic activities. JAs should be involved in things like sports or singing or student government or whatever. But they should not be consumed by these activities.

So, how would the members of the Women’s Collective define a “healthy expressions of sexuality” and do they think that the JA Selection Committee should favor candidates that display such attitudes?

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