University of Minnesota to spend $3,406 on female orgasm event

Categories: Sex, U of M
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The U of M is hoping its female orgasm event will help empower young women.
Earlier this month, amid concern the school is spending too much money, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler announced that the U will spend money on a study looking into whether it spends too much money.

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Two weeks later, the U is again raising eyebrows after disclosing it's spending $3,406 on an April event entitled, "The Female Orgasm."

Here's the post about the event on the U's event website:

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The event is the subject of a critical post on the Campus Reform blog. From "Public univ plans event to help female students achieve orgasm":
The description of the event, which is hosted by the university's Office of Diversity and Equity's Women's Center, does not say whether there is an age requirement. While the average age of undergraduates at UMTC is 21, it is not uncommon for students to enroll at the age of 17.

A university spokeswoman, Patricia Mattern, however, suggested there is in fact no age requirement in an e-mail statement to Campus Reform on Monday.

"This educational workshop is open to the full university community and participation is voluntary," she said. "As a research institution, we study, publish and educate on a vast range of topics, including human sexuality."

The program is costing the university $3,406 and is part of the university's mission of "research," she added.

While it'll cost the U more than three thousands bucks, the lessons learned during the event could be priceless for curious and sexually inexperienced students. But does that justify the expense? With the U asking for an additional $32.6 million from the state over the next biennium (for a total of $91.6 million), we'll see if the legislature has anything to say about that.

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mplstim56
mplstim56

What's this "femail orgasm" referred to above????? 

or,

 I'm sure many of us have paid "$3,500 for a female orgasm event, no?

Todd
Todd

It was reported that Tubby Smith (UMN head basketball coach) made $1,891,555 last year and that  Jerry Kill (UMN football coach) made $1,256,276 last year. Why are we worried about a one-time $3,000 educational event that will bring people (and parking fares and money spent on food etc) to the St. Paul campus?

Even if this event were held EVERY DAY, it would not even reach the salary of just the football coach, let alone the basketball coach. I guess if we sensationalize something taboo like this we will forget about the money being squandered elsewhere.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

C'mon ladies how dare you use a small amount of money to learn about human sexuality.  Rupar wants more studies on how to attract racist bigot posters to the City Pages comment section.  He has already mastered(pun!) race baiting crime articles.  Now some egghead and lady bashing will get ming, keny, and the rest of Rupar's buddies to make stupid sexist comments!!!!!!   Remember ladies!  Sex is a shameful and terrible thing!   The female orgasm lets the devil into your lungs where he screams out nonsensical lady babble.   Sex is for making babies and that is it.  You ladies and your dumbginas have wasted valuable money that could have been spent on real important things like male enhancement pills. 

jezebeljones
jezebeljones

Holy Crap!  $3500 on a course to help women understand their bodies and make better sexual choices during their university years?  Maybe prevent lots of women from getting a sexually transmitted disease or getting knocked up?  Yeah, what a waste of money. Shame on you, CityPages, for choosing a titillating headline over real news.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

when i was a college freshman - the school put on a transgender kisisng event... WTF.. 

Curtis Meyer
Curtis Meyer

Let's face it, college sex is terrible, dumb, awful sex. Anything they can do to improve it under the 10k mark has my approval. They should have a seminar called, "sex is not the end-all be-all...now drop the beer bong and focus on your homework already, you poor, clueless bastards." Hell, I'll speak at that one. And since my only credentials are tons of life experience, I'll only charge $2,000.

Theresa Bruckner
Theresa Bruckner

Yeah, I'm with the other commenters. Not news--the seminar's subject isn't at all the ridiculous topic it's being made out to be, and $3,400.00 is absolutely nothing for a university to spend in one school year on a single event (an educational event, which, you know, schools do tend to put on from time to time).

Charles D. Rhoden III
Charles D. Rhoden III

Given the utter lack of time, money or meaningful attention provided to women's health and well-being, $3k is a pittance.

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

Hey, you guys remember that time you made fun of someone needing a copy editor? How many times have you changed this post so far? Maybe you should write a story about how you guys need a copy editor, that'd be a good story, right? Or maybe you shouldn't throw people under the bus for crap that you do on a daily basis... Also, your bias with hating on women's sexuality is not comical, it's sad.

Ly-Zhou Sherry
Ly-Zhou Sherry

That's probably only the amount of Viagra a man pays in his lifetime-- since that's covered under health insurance.

Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson

No wonder we are in financial ruins! Can't these females just go on the Internet to learn about this???

Sara Haaf
Sara Haaf

AND MY USE OF COME WAS NOT PUNNY.

Sara Haaf
Sara Haaf

That seems pretty cheap for two speakers to come. I wonder how much it costs for motivational speakers for athletes to come.

Brie MacDougall
Brie MacDougall

Also "But does that justify the expense?" followed by "$32.6 million" Um. . . yes.

Chris Pederson
Chris Pederson

because, apparently, anything dealing with women's enjoyment of sex is a waste of money.... thanks!

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@Todd : coach's salaries are absolutely absurd, i totally agree. But college athletics can raise revenues and most definitely put your school on the map, whereas this type of seminar can be found on any college campus in America that offers liberal arts degrees. It's not that i'm against the subject matter, it's just a waste of money. I think it makes much more sense to cut fat all around (coach's salaries and events like this included) and use those savings to lower tuition, making it easier for more people to go to school.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@keny1 Thank you so much City Pages for never banning keny no matter how much sexist and racist stupidity he types.  He has only threatened me with direct physical violence twice so thankfully you have let him stay active to post genius like this.   keny its obvious you've never talked to a real girl in your whole life.   You are a loser. 

natemann133
natemann133

@MicheleBachmann As much as I enjoy your responses, do you have a life? A job? You immediately comment on nearly every CP story, every day.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@jezebeljones : if you actually read the article instead of jumping to conclusions via knee jerk reactions, you'd see std's and pregnancy aren't mentioned in the curriculum.

Todd
Todd

@mingtran I agree but would counter that events such as the one in question do the same. It would be interesting to see a study comparing dollars invested to enrollment, donations, revenue etc.

Let me clarify too; I'm not against spending money on coaches. I was only trying to show how trivial the amount was that is drawing national attention.

Larabar
Larabar

@mingtranif you actually read the program's easily available topic page instead of jumping to conclusions via knee jerk reactions, you's see this:

• An emphasis on individuals making sexual decisions that are right for them, including whether to use the information now or when married or in a serious relationship

• Analysis of the messages women receive about their bodies and sexuality from media, religion, families, and elsewhere.
• Body image, and the links between "befriending your body" and experiencing physical pleasure
• The value of learning how to say "no" to sex--and the problems college-age and adult women sometimes encounter when they realize that's all they ever learned
• An opportunity to talk openly in same-gender groups during part of the program
• Female anatomy 
• Tips for partners about being patient and respectful 
• The problems with pressure to have an orgasm, to orgasm faster, to have multiple orgasms, to orgasm with a partner, to fake or not fake orgasms
• Answers to the most common questions about orgasm

jezebeljones
jezebeljones

@mingtran I did read the article, including quotes like "...an emphasis on individuals making sexual decisions that are right for them" and "...underlying message of sexual health and female empowerment". Sexual health usually means talking about safe sex. 

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