“I’m gonna grab your hair and hope this works out.” Much of the attitude at the Sex Therapy 101 lecture given by our very own “Sexpert,” Meghan Root, was created by such evocative statements.
In college, however, what better way to grab someone’s attention than make a sex joke?
The lecture, part of Safe Sex Week, was riddled with fascinating information that ranged from different forms of treatment for sex-related issues to different paraphilias.
In addition, Root covered issues concerning the LGBT QIA community and sexual identity. Root even cover what it is like to treat someone with an issue like pedophilia.
Root used the “Circles of Sexuality” from Advocates for Youth as her base model during the forum.
The “Circles of Sexuality” is a system based on five different forms of sexuality: sensuality, intimacy, sexual identity, sexual health and reproduction, and sexualization.
“These circles,” Root said, “make up the majority of our sexual experiences.”
She later went on to talk about our sexuality changes as we grow older and how our “response cycle changes” as we experience new pains, pleasures, or just learn about our likes and dislikes.
The tone of the lecture created a confortable environment for the material, important considering the taboo nature of many of the things Root discussed.
Advocacy and acceptance of difference provided a common theme throughout the lecture. “People are allowed to like weird things,” said Root. “If you can find a girl who likes to sit on balloons, good for you.”
The students in attendance generally responded to the lecture positively. Sophomore Taylor Sturm attended the lecture since Sex Therapy is something she is interested in.
“It’s important to talk about sexual health and well-being and being fulfilled sexually. I think it’s a topic that’s shied away from,” Sturm said.
“I think it’s something that people of all ages and from different backgrounds can benefit from.”
Juniors Amanda Pazouki and Andrew Llewelyn shared Sturm’s sentiments. “People learn about it in high school, but they really have to figure it out on their own,” Llewelyn said.
Pazouki said, “It’s an awkward topic. No one wants to talk about it. It’s hush-hush.” She added, however,“It think it’s fun because it’s so awkward.”
Despite the awkwardness of talking about sex, let alone therapy for problems related to sex, it doesn’t seem to hold Root back. “I don’t like children because they get up early and I don’t like old people… what do I like? Sex.”