MUSO to host “Orchestrating Orgasms” lecture and workshop as part of upcoming Sextober series
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 00:10
MUSO will be hosting Orchestrating Orgasms, a lecture and workshop event, on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Granite State Room as part of the women’s studies program’s Sextober series. The event features certified sexologist Megan Andelloux.
The event will be part lecture, with Andelloux standing at a podium with visuals, and part workshop, with hands-on audience participation. The event is about the biological, sociological and psychological aspects of orgasms. The lecture will cover what are orgasms, types of orgasms, the history of orgasms and why orgasms are celebrated.
Taylor Barclay is the MUSO arts and lectures director, and serves as an intern on the Women’s Commission. Barclay wanted to bring an event that celebrated feminism and sex positivity. Orchestrating Orgasms was picked because it would catch people’s eyes and generate attention.
“I wanted to take this semester to a different route,” Barclay said.
In April, Barclay talked to Kitty Stryker, a participant in the “Sex Workers: Myths and Realities” discussion panel held in the MUB. Stryker told Barclay about Andelloux.
“She looks like someone MUSO would bring,” Barclay said.
Andelloux is fun, silly, educational and not mainstream Barclay said. These are the types of characteristics MUSO looks for when booking events.
Barclay’s wish is that Orchestrating Orgasms will help make people more open-minded about talking about sex. Currently sex is discussed behind closed doors, and Barclay would like to see it discussed out in the open.
She also hopes that people will learn more about their bodies and, of course, have fun. In addition, Barclay aspires that this event will open the doors for more lectures like this one to be presented on the UNH campus.
There was a lot of eye-bugging when she was putting up the posters for the event Barclay said. Students have told her that they are excited to see an event like Orchestrating Orgasms presented on campus.
The event is being offered for free to all students and the general public. Barclay wanted to make the event available so that everyone within the community would be able to attend.
Andelloux is a clinical sexologist and certified sexuality educator holding her accreditation from the American College of Sexologists and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. Andelloux’s website lists her as an expert in sexual pleasure, health and politics.
Andelloux posted on the MUSO Facebook event page that she will bring “fun sexy gifts” for the first 100 people who arrive and that she will give out “vibrators, door hangers, lube, condoms and big gifts” to participants.
MUSO is excited to be bringing an event like this to campus Barclay said. Barclay has already begun looking for an event like this for next year.