Sex & Culture
URGE believes that everyone deserves the right to a happy, healthy sex life (and that includes talking about it!) As a society, we aren’t so great about talking about sex in positive ways. And we get even more negative and less productive when faced with the idea of and the lived realities of younger people engaged in anything other than abstinence.
URGE chapters have their hands full combating negative messages about sex and sexuality on campus. These messages are damaging in and of themselves, but they also lead to harmful consequences and effects. Sex shaming can lead to judgmental and inadequate sexual services at the student health center. Victim-blaming is often a tactic to excuse campus administrations from being aggressive about preventing and responding to sexual assault on campus.
Of course, these narratives and their negative effects aren’t confined to campus life. Harmful judgments and biases permeate so much of our culture, our institutions, and our laws. Our answer to that, is not only to defend against negative images and narratives but to identify, create and share powerful messages about sex and sexuality that celebrate agency, consent, respect and joy!
Slowly, things are starting to change - URGE activists are doing their best to speed this progress up.
April 18, 2017
Free speech has been a heated and inconclusive source of debate in academia since the 1964 Free Speech Movement started at UC Berk… Read more »
May 5, 2016
This semester our chapter at Georgia Southern University has been making change on campus on many fronts. First, back in February,… Read more »
November 2, 2015
The University of Toledo Feminist Alliance held a successful counter protest against an anti-choice group on campus this week. Cha… Read more »
The Hold Accountable and Lend Transparency on Campus Sexual Violence (or HALT) Act encourages colleges and universities to be dili… Read more »