WHERE: Joe Crowley Student Union Room 317
WHEN: Thursdays 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
January 31: Introduction
Facilitator: Nicole & Lisa
Review course procedures & requirements to
create a safe space, build a class contract, and
outline a forum for discussion regarding our
February 7: Communication & Consent in Relationships
Discuss the importance of honesty & communication
in relationships. Topics include communication
inhibitors, assert/respect consent, non-consent, desire,
and boundaries (including
February 14: Anatomy, Sex, & Gender
Facilitator: Kris Pittman
Discuss topics ranging from commonly perceived
views of anatomy to an analysis of the social
construction of gender & anatomical sex. We’ll
also explore the spectrum of gender expression
and identity as they relate to our own lives.
February 21: Power & Privilege
Facilitator: Mark & Jenni
Look at how systems of oppression shape the
ways in which individuals engage in the world and
how power and privilege influence the ways we
live our lives. This includes an analysis of the
“-isms” and how power and privilege play a role
in providing choices, opportunities, and access.
February 28th: Women’s Health, Menstruation, & Motherhood
Discuss internalized expectations for vaginal
“cleanliness,” empowered gynecologist visits, and
information about pelvic exams & pap smears.
Celebrate the menstrual cycle while educating
ourselves about ways of maintenance.
Other topics covered include pregnancy,
abortion, miscarriage, birth, and
motherhood and the effects they have on
March 7: Contraception and Sexually Transmitted Infections
Facilitator: Christopher Daniels
Discuss safer sex methods,
contraception options, STIs and STDs.
March 14: Portrayals of Women in the Media
Facilitator: Elli & Kari
Look at how we internalize views of beauty and
attractiveness, leading to competition, acrimony, and
unhealthy relationships to our bodies. We also
explore how sexuality is portrayed in popular media
and analyze how such portrayals are influenced by
age, race, class, etc.
March 28: Body Image
Facilitator: Kari & Elli
This meeting revolves around a body image
assignment, in which we share and explore personal
experiences: how it feels to be inside our bodies, the
different ways we view ourselves and others, what
shapes our self-images, and how this may affect our
lives. We discuss readings pertaining to body image,
sexual self-image, and loving one’s body.
April 4: Sexual Practices & Orientation
Facilitator: Nicole & Michelle
Looks at society’s views of, and factors shaping our
sexuality including heterosexism, religion, culture,
and ethnicity. Topics: sexual practices (including BDSM)
and the variety within, the spectrum of sexual orientation
and the expression of our sexual desires.
April 11: Self-Love, Pleasure, & Orgasm
Facilitator: Jenni & Lisa
Looks at different models of the sexual response
cycle as well as discuss the physiological and
psychological factors of orgasms. We also discuss
methods of self-pleasure, erogenous zones, female
ejaculation, and negative and positive views of
April 18: Pornography, Erotica & Sex Work
Facilitator: Nicole, Abigail & Lisa
Discuss pornography and erotica in a variety of
mediums, as well as various forms of sex work.
Discussion focuses on variety, effects on women’s
sexuality, taboos surrounding pornography, and
other types of this work.
April 25: Relationships
Discuss the spectrum of relationship types and the importance of honesty and communication in sexual and non-sexual relationships.Discuss the spectrum of relationship types and the importance of honesty and communication in sexual and non-sexual relationships.
May 2: Sexual Harassment, Violation of Boundaries & Gender-Based Violence
Facilitator: Mark & Elli
Through personal stories with boundary violations
we build a larger framework around the underlying
factors and impact of sexual harassment and
discrimination. Through our experiences and a
discussion around the victim-survivor paradigm, we
also take an in-depth look at gender-based violence.
May 9: Women’s Empowerment & Final Projects
Explore the process of empowerment and the
resulting power gained from the journey. We talk
about the importance of challenging systems of
oppression, community building, and individual
empowerment. The last week is also devoted to
presenting final projects/papers and reflection.