Marquette Wire

EDITORIAL: Administration needs to make its stand on sexuality programs clear

September 24, 2013

The Marquette University administration's decision to revoke sponsorship of the Female Sexuality Workshop for the second time is supposed to send a clear message to the campus community: No FemSex. However, the decision has only raised more questions. Students, faculty and other communi...

Op-Ed: FemSex organizers look for answers and space from administration

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September 24, 2013

Last Spring, controversy erupted on Marquette’s campus surrounding an administrative decision to revoke sponsorship from the Female Sexuality (FemSex) workshop, a non-credit, student-run workshop on campus. FemSex, a wor...

Op-Ed: University loses by cutting FemSex

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September 19, 2013

As current, male students of Marquette’s Honors Program, we are perplexed by and aggravated with the university’s zealous assertion of its Catholic values and identity in the wake of the sponsorship withdrawal of the FemS...

Honors program-sponsored FemSex cancelled again

Joe Kaiser

September 17, 2013

The University Honors Program will no longer sponsor FemSex, a weekly student workshop centered on the discussion of female sexuality and reproduction, despite its recent return to campus. The decision came roughly eight months...

FemSex workshop returns to campus despite scrutiny from alumni, faculty

Natalie Wickman

September 10, 2013

After receiving academic sponsorship from the University Honors Program, FemSex, a weekly student workshop centered on the discussion of female sexuality and reproduction, is returning to Marquette’s campus this fall. The program underwent scrutiny last year and eventually lost support from university administration. FemSex raised controversy last winter after some Marquette donors, faculty and alumni asked University President the Rev. Scott Pilarz why it was allowed on campus, wondering if the workshop's content was appropriate for a Catholic and Jesuit university. According to its syllabus, FemSex involves “discussions, activities, and individual exercises (designed to) explore what it means to take ownership of one’s own sexuality, body, pleasure, language, and education.” After reviewing the FemSex syllabus, Pilarz and former Provost John Pauly decided to withdraw university sponsorship in Febr...