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Harvard Hosted BDSM Tutorials, Anal and Orgy Workshops

Genevieve Gluck
Genevieve Gluck

Harvard University is joining a long list of colleges raising eyebrows over what many percieve to be inappropriate extracurricular offerings to students.

From November 8 - 14, Harvard platformed fetish workshops as part of its annual Sex Week. Among the workshops hosted by the university for the student-organized event were “Hit Me Baby One More Time,” billed as an “Intro to BDSM,” “My-dentity: BGLTQ Intimacy, Let’s Talk About Porn, Baby," and “What What in the Butt! Anal 101."


A workshop called “Kinks & Fetishes & Taboos, Oh My!” was hosted on November 9 by non-binary sex educator Jamie Joy, who uses they/them pronouns and endorses “non-monogamy."

In 2016, Joy was granted an “Ally to Queer Youth” award for “working on launching a queer youth mentorship program with college students,” and “the implementation of LGBTQ-inclusive sexual health curricula at local schools.”

According to the Facebook event page description, “Jamie Joy (they/them) is a queer Jewish sex educator and hungry slut for freaky fantasies and kinky perversions.”

Participants were entered into a raffle, and winners were awarded various sex toys, including anal beads and lubrication.

One speaker, identified as “Robin from Good Vibrations” offered advice on double penetration. Good Vibrations is a San Francisco-based sex shop with a net worth of nearly $12 million, and sells bondage and fetish gear, as well as breast binders and “penis packers” targeted at young women.


Sex Week at Harvard also held a panel discussion led by Lisa Chiya, President of Genesis Egg Donor and Surrogacy, Inc., on egg freezing, which was promoted as open to “anyone with a uterus."


The week-long series of events were sponsored in part by the Harvard College Women’s Center and The Open Gate Foundation, which was established in 1987 as the Harvard Lesbian & Gay Caucaus but was renamed as the Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucaus.

Harvard University first began hosting lectures on BDSM in 2012, and isn’t the only top-tier academic institution promoting sexual fetish workshops. In 2017, Newsweek reported on Princeton’s BDSM club for students, saying, “There have been many Sex Week campus events at different high-profile colleges over the years that have also included workshops on the sexual subculture, which can include ropes, blindfolds, whips, flogging, master-servant role play and much more.”

The University of Chicago also hosts an annual Sex Week which includes a BDSM workshop. In 2016, the university hosted a “sexual pain” workshop and BDSM tutorials, and in 2017 it hosted “Intro to Rope Bondage."

In April 2020, a trans-identified male presented a lecture on “forced feminization” pornography for Princeton University.

At least 33 U.S universities currently host BDSM clubs, including Ivy League institutions Brown, Cornell, and Yale.


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Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve is the creator of the podcast Women's Voices, featuring interviews, recordings of feminist texts, and news related to women's rights