Body positivity on campus

Photo by Tyra Abraham ‘18.

Photo by Tyra Abraham ‘18.

From Nov. 12 to 15, Scripps Residential Life hosted “Great Sex: Are You Coming, Again?” for a second year. As an attempt to “promote inclusive and positive dialogues across the Scripps campus about sexual health and safety,” this week of events included a Queer Sex Night, #DeflinedLines: Are You Coming?, O! The Orgasm Talk, and Body (Positive) Chest Painting. Students were encouraged to come to the events to develop “healthy attitudes and actions around sexuality.”

On Wednesday, Nov. 12, ResLife partnered with Family and Health Education Outreach (HEO) to present Queer Sex Night in SCORE. Described as “a night of frank discussion, glittery activities, and a sexual health Q&A” on its Facebook event, Queer Sex Night attracted over 40 students from all of the Claremont Colleges. As part of the Q&A section with Alex Washburn (SC ‘15), a peer educator from HEO, students asked anonymous questions about everything from dildos to sexually transmitted infections. Students also learned how to make mini “how to sex me” zines about their sexuality and sexual preferences. Finally, $190 worth of sex toys and supplies from Sensations Love Boutique were raffled to students who had entered to win. 

The other events in the series were similarly successful. Co-hosted by the Scripps Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault, #DefinedLines: Are You Coming? also brought more than 20 students to SCORE on November 13 to hear Scripps alumna Tiombe Preston, a therapist who specializes in consent and sexual assault, talk about consent on campus. O! The Orgasm Talk on November 14 in Vita Nova brought sex educators from the Pleasure Chest in Los Angeles to shared tip, advice, and recommendations on how to achieve an orgasm with a vulva. The week ended on November 15 with Body (Positive) Chest Painting in the Motley Coffee Shop, where many Scripps students came to make prints of their various parts, including their breasts, hands, elbows, and feet.

Whether by winning prizes, creating decorations for their dorm rooms, or just receiving some new knowledge about their bodies, many students reported enjoying ResLife’s week of events. 

Laura Kent ‘17 reflected on her favorite event of the week, Queer Sex Night: “I think it was really nice to see so many queer people in a room. That doesn’t really happen in mass numbers, I think. Having 30 to 40 people in a room was really impressive. It was like its own little community; that was nice.”