There was a time, not all that long ago, when it was difficult for students to acquire condoms on their university and college campuses, let alone have a frank conversation about having sex.
Today — with the possible exception of Catholic schools — university education and sexual freedom tend to go hand-in-hand, and this week, the University of Toronto has taken it to a whole new level.
As reported by the Toronto Star, Canada's biggest university elected to kick off their Sexual Awareness Week with an event at an "adult playground," the Oasis Aqua Lounge. Attended by hundreds of students, the event offered a place for students to explore different elements of their sexuality, including, yes, public nudity and sex in an open space.
As the video above from online news program The Young Turks points out, this might be a uniquely liberal Canadian attitude toward sex — though most campuses do have some form of sexual health program to assist students with questions and protection. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Ottawa, the University of Toronto and Yale University found teens who were given access to sex education experienced fewer sexual transmitted infections, used condoms more, and were aware of potentially abusive sexual scenarios, according to The Star.
"As a student organization at U of T, SEC's mandate is to operate in a pro-sex/uality and sex-positive manner. In this capacity, we strive to offer students the any information that will contribute to the making of informed decisions and contribute to the overall sexual welfare of the student body."
The SEC rented out the whole space in order to ensure full control over students' boundaries, and reports from the night's event indicated a fully satisfied crowd. “It kind of made it a really safe environment, almost with training wheels,” one student told The Star.
And if the point of this event was to get people talking about more openly about sex, then it would be hard to agree that the organization succeeded.
So, do you think Canadian campuses are really more sexually liberated than other countries — or was this just a one-off? Let us know in the comments below.
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