Sex week art show promotes sex positivity

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Marshall University Students had the opportunity to view sex-positive art created by their peers at the art show in the Memorial Student Center Tuesday 10 a.m. to 4pm. Hosted by the MU Students for Reproductive Justice, the exhibit’s goal was to showcase sex-positive art and promote sex-positivity as a part of Sex Week on campus. Baked goods were also available for sale.

“We wanted to showcase some of the art on campus and some of the art students that are promoting sex positivity and so that is our main goal,” student Hallie Andrews said. “We wanted to showcase that.”

With this being the first Sex Week at Marshall University, there were some questions about how well the events would work out.

“Students were engaged and that’s really more important than the turnout is that people really get something out of these events,” Andrews said. “We really were not expecting this huge turnout for all of the events. We really just wanted to set a ground work for next year and for us to build on and that is really what we wanted.”

With sunny days in Huntington and various amounts of other activities going on around campus, Sex Week fit right in.

“The weather has been beneficial,” Andrews said. “Especially with Earth Day and where the entire campus is involved and the entire campus is excited about spring so I think that having other events going on has helped us advertise as well.”

Students stopped by to view other students’ art work and ask questions. Some students came for extra credit in their courses, like student Katelyn Clowers.

“I came because I am in a human sexuality course and if we come we get extra credit and where it is nearing to the end of the semester, I am all for the extra credit,” Clowers said. “This is my first event that I have come to for Sex Week, but one of my friends came to the event on Tuesday when they had the contraceptive egg hunt. I really wanted to go, but I couldn’t make it.”

Clowers said she has been hearing a buzz about Sex Week among her friends.

“I think that a lot of people did not think this would have such a good outcome,” Clowers said. “So many people have actually came out to learn about it. I think that it is great to have this on our campus.”

With a successful inaugural Sex Week, it is looking as though students can look forward to another Sex Week in the following semesters.

“We are looking for feedback and we are looking to see what we can do to improve on next semester,” Andrews said. “We are interested in what people have liked or disliked. Really, feedback on anything and everything.”

Sabrena Hirst can be contacted at [email protected]

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