UofC Students' Union hosting Sexual and Gender Wellness Week

Feb 5 2019, 5:11 am

The University of Calgary’s Students’ Union is offering a somewhat more practical education than what’s found in regular university classes.

From Monday, February 11 to Friday, February 15, the SU will be hosting panels, workshops, and talks revolving around the understanding of sex and gender.

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With everything from the basics of BDSM to an introduction to the LGBTQ+ community, the UofC Students’ Union’s Sexual and Gender Wellness Week will have something for everyone.

And no, you don’t have to worry about buying a ticket or filling out an online registration.

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UofC SU Sex Week (Photo: Gene Baines)

Six events will be held over the five days, and U of C students will be able to attend, ask questions, and expand their sexual and gender education completely free of charge.

All the events will be held in or around the Students’ Union building and will be available to all students — with the exception of the Introduction to Rope Bondage class, which is only available to students 18 years old and up — on a walk-in basis.

The Sexual and Gender Wellness Week is a joint venture from the SU Wellness Centre, the U of C Students’ Union, and the Women’s Resource Centre among others.

Here’s a look at the events coming up next week:

February 11: Sex and Gender Wellness Panel

What: Everyone has a question or two about sex and gender (if you think you know everything already, you’re seriously kidding yourself), and those questions will be answered by a panel of professionals at That Empty Space. Questions can be asked in person, or if you want to stay a little more anonymous, you submit them to the question boxes around MacHall.

When: Monday, February 11, 2019

Time: 3 to 5 pm

Where: That Empty Space

February 12: BDSM 201: Beyond the Basics

What: Learn about the wonderful world of BDSM through demos of toys and tools. Gain knowledge in safe practices and potentially use what you learn with a consenting partner — after the event and off university grounds, that is!

When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Time: 3 to 8 pm

Where: Q: The SU Centre for Sexual & Gender Diversity — 225C MacEwan Student Centre

February 13: Let’s Get Knotty: Introduction to Rope Bondage

What: Get some hands-on practice at tying safe and sexy knots with Haven Kink’s Zemyn. Don’t worry about bringing your own rope, as the event will provide all the restraints you’ll need — the ropes will even be available for purchase after the event if you find yourself enjoying the activity. 18+ only and all participants will need to sign a waiver.

When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Time: 5 to 7 pm

Where: That Empty Space

February 14: Alphabet Soup with Queer UofC

What: Join the SU Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity to learn about the LGBTQ+ community and how to respectfully talk and ask questions about queer topics.

When: Thursday, February 14, 2019

Time: 11:30 am to 2 pm

Where: Escalus

February 14: Sex Toys: Tips, Tricks, and How

What: Hush Lingerie’s Alexa will lead participants through a journey of sex toy knowledge, the usefulness of lube, and how to have fun while staying safe.

When: Thursday, February 14, 2019

Time: 3 to 5 pm

Where: Escalus

February 15: Non-Binary Panel

What: The perfect place to learn about the Non-Binary community from the people living in it, along with resources for anyone hoping to learn more after the event is over.

When: Friday, February 15, 2019

Time: 2:30 to 4 pm

Where: That Empty Space

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