Sex Discussed Outside Library

Chelsea Davis

Gathered in the free speech zone outside Parks Library Thursday night, students, faculty and passersby gathered to discuss human sexuality at “Sex After Dark.”

The event, sponsored by Feminist Activists at ISU, was organized because human sexuality is not often talked about, said Heather Westemeyer, co-coordinator of the group and a senior in women’s studies.

“We’re working in the areas of education and activism to cause direct change in the Ames community,”  Westemeyer said.

Representatives from a variety of organizations participated in the event including ACCESS [Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support]; Thielen Student Health Center; Relationships on Campus; Cuffs and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Ally Alliance.

Attracting people to the event were signs that read “Sex After Dark: R-rated Content Ahead” and condom balloons that were blown up by Caitlyn Marino, member of Feminist Activists at ISU and sophomore in women’s studies.

“They’re so slippery!” Marino said.

During the first hour, it had a “laid-back feel,” Westemeyer said.  The second hour included a panel of students, campus staff and a doctor specializing in human sexuality.

“At the beginning of the school year, there are many new students,” Westemeyer said. “We’re trying to create an open dialogue.”