It’s SEXtravaganza time at UNB.
The annual celebration of sexuality, health, relationships and identity runs the week of Feb. 9-14. Formerly known as Sexuality Awareness Week, the annual event features activities and seminars to empower and inform students about sexuality and interpersonal relations.
To kick off the week, the Sexuality Centre gave away goodie bags — filled with condoms, candy, itineraries for the week and information on sexual health resources — all over campus. The bags are now also available for students to be picked up from the centre on the third floor of the SUB.
On Monday, AIDS New Brunswick gave a “Not Your Grandma’s Safe Sex Talk.”
“It’s all about kink safety, group sex safety, and things that you’re not going to get from sex ed at school. So basically a sex ed for the more alternative side of sex,” said Megan Bateman, organizer of SEXtravaganza 2015.
UNB nursing students took the helm on Tuesday and provided sex trivia to students. They also busted myths surrounding sexuality and STIs.
Wednesday will provide a Trans 101 workshop that will discuss safe sex for transgender people. It will also inform students on what being transgender means, what being gender non-conforming means, and what’s appropriate language to use when interacting with people who are transgender or gender non-conforming.
In the evening from 4:30-7:30 p.m. there will also be an after hours STI testing clinic at the health clinic in C.C. Jones.
On Thursday Miranda Fudge, a PhD student from the psychology department will present some of her research on genital self-image and vaginas.
“We’ll listen to her talk about her research and then have a discussion about what it means for people with vaginas to feel good about their genitals. Any gender is welcome,” Bateman said.
Friday night in the sexuality centre, there will be a Passion Party where people can purchase sex toys. Bateman said it will be a gender-neutral occasion, where anyone can pick up some new products of high quality for a fairly good price.
On Saturday, the UNBSU has planned a launch party for Get Real a movement that fights homophobia in sports. The launch party will feature a Spice Girls cover band, The Wannabes, which will play at the Social Club.
Bateman said that it’s important to have awareness weeks such as SEXtravaganza for students.
“I think it’s really important for students because a big part of campus culture, of course, is meeting new people. You’re at that point in your life that where you’re starting to develop intimate relationships with friendships, and relationships and sexual relationships,” she said.
Consent and safe spaces will be particularly highlighted at SEXtravaganza.
“It’s really important to know what is consent, how can we have safe sex and how can we celebrate the diversity of our sexuality,” Bateman said.
“And we really want to make sure that we promote that culture on campus, because we are an open-minded and progressive campus and we want people to feel safe and comfortable here. “